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Qian Gou

Qian obtained her BS from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology in 2008. She started her graduate study at University of Delaware in the fall of 2008, and joined the Ogunnaike group on November of that year. Qian is from China, mainland. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, swimming, hiking, dancing, cooking and going to the movies with her friends.

Research Description

Qian's research project focuses on designing, developing and implementing a framework for integrated product design and control (incorporating customer feedback) in polymer nanocomposites in order to achieve satisfactory product end-use properties in a consistent manner. The framework integrates the determination of product specifications, consequent manufacturing process design, and required operating conditions with the development and implementation of a control scheme required to achieve specified manufacturing objectives. Specifically, the resulting control scheme consists of three multi-rate feedback loops in which actual customer feedback information is explicitly incorporated. Currently, she is working on an actual process for manufacturing polymer organoclay nanocomposites by melt intercalation, whose primary application is in packaging films. After the framework is designed and implemented successfully, it can be expanded to other manufacturing processes.

Research Interests


Thesis Advisors

Babatunde A. Ogunnaike and Mark Wetzel (DuPont)