Synthesis and Characterization of Functiona Materials for 3D Printed Composites

Elizabeth Irene Reza, University of Texas at El Paso


The following body of work encompasses the synthesis, upscaling, additive manufacturing, and characterization of microspheres as functional fillers incorporated into polymer syntactic foams. Synthesizing microspheres permits control over morphology, dispersion of particles, and size while the use of direct write manufacturing allowed for the controllability of filler orientation. Two different syntactic foams were developed from similar methodologies: (1) a silicone syntactic foam (2) epoxy syntactic foam. The silicone epoxy foam showed an increasing in damping and elastic modulus. The epoxy syntactic foams showed an enhanced thermal and electrical properties.

Subject Area

Mechanical engineering|Materials science|Polymer chemistry

Recommended Citation

Reza, Elizabeth Irene, "Synthesis and Characterization of Functiona Materials for 3D Printed Composites" (2021). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI28541317.