Sports and High Performance Materials

Program Research Examples

  • Jim Goetz, a SHPM doctoral student, is focusing his research on developing highly breathable materials for clothing applications. His research is multidisciplinary with a focus in both polymer science and human performance and recreation. In the polymer science department he is working on the development and study of new polymer materials that are waterproof and water breathable. In the human performance department his study focuses on determining the temperatures inside, outside and within a worn garment during exercise. By gaining a full knowledge of the chemistry and application of breathable materials, he aims to improve current breathable sports clothing.
  • Dave Krzeminski’s research goals include quantifying and understanding the myriad of environmental exposures that an engineered football helmet's outer shell material experiences during its service life. With a focus towards how the resulting degradative processes/products ultimately reduce the polymeric shell's capacity to manage impact energy and potentially increase the risk of head injury to the athlete.
  • Nadine Lippa's doctoral research aims to understand the human-material interface of the running athlete and shoes designed to mitigate or prevent overuse injuries. She considers human performance elements of running biomechanics to improve mechanical aging and molecular-level polymer science characterization techniques used to evaluate the efficacy of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) foam, the primary energy damping component found in the midsole of running shoes. Nadine also researches the human component of injury with respect to muscular contractions in preparation for landing impact, as a function of foam thickness to understand potential differences between traditional and minimalist running shoes.
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Last Updated: August 1, 2013