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Joshua Otaigbe

Dr. Joshua Otaigbe



Dr. Otaigbe earned his PhD in polymer science and engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology in England in 1984. He joined University of Southern Mississippi in 2002 as a full professor of polymer engineering and science following a successful career at Iowa State University, Corning Incorporated, and elsewhere. Dr. Otaigbe’s awards include the Jefferson Science Fellow, Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Professor in Engineering in France, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (UK), Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers, Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, and the prestigious U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award. From 2003-2012 he was awarded invited visiting professorships in the Swiss Federal Institute of technology (ETH-Zurich) and the French Engineering Universities, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) in Lyon, France.

  • PHD - UMIST-Manchester (1984)
  • BS - University of Benin (1979)

Undergraduate Courses:
PSC 190 – Materials World
PSC/PSE 361 – Polymer Processing
PSC 360 – Polymer Rheology
PSC 460 – Structure and Mechanical Properties of Polymers and Composites;
PSE 420 – Polymer Composites Engineering

Graduate Courses:
PSC 730 – Polymer Rheology
PSC 820 – Advanced Polymer Composites
PSE 880 - Polymer Processing Fundamentals

  • Green hybrid composites from cellulose nanocrystal, Hybrid Polymer Composite Materials, 2017, 10.1016/B978-0-08-100791-4.00004-5
  • Creep, recovery, and stress relaxation behavior of nanostructured bioactive calcium phosphate glass-POSS/polymer composites for bone implants studied under simulated physiological conditions, JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL MATERIALS RESEARCH PART B-APPLIED BIOMATERIALS, 2019, 10.1002/jbm.b.34335
  • Structure and Biocompatibility of Bioabsorbable Nanocomposites of Aliphatic-Aromatic Copolyester and Cellulose Nanocrystals, BIOMACROMOLECULES, 2017, 10.1021/acs.biomac.7b00578
  • Reduced crystallinity and mobility of nylon-6 confined near the organic--inorganic interface in a phosphate glass-rich nanocomposite detected by 1H--13C NMR, Macromolecules, 2011, 10.1021/ma201756q
  • Generation, characterization, and modeling of polymer micro-and nano-particles, Polymer Physics and Engineering, 2001, 10.1007/3-540-44484-X_1
  • New phosphate glass/polymer hybrids: Current status and future prospects, Progress in Polymer Science, 2007, 10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2007.07.006
  • Uniaxial elongational flow effects and morphology development in LDPE/phosphate glass hybrids, Rheologica acta, 2007, 10.1007/s00397-007-0184-9
  • Rheokinetics of thermal-induced gelation of waterborne polyurethane dispersions, Macromolecules, 2005, 10.1021/ma0511088
  • Nanostructured polymer blends: Synthesis and structure, Polymer, 2005, 10.1016/j.polymer.2005.10.079
  • Recent advances in synthesis, characterization and rheological properties of polyurethanes and POSS/polyurethane nanocomposites dispersions and films, Progress in polymer science, 2009, 10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2009.08.002
  • American Chemical Society
  • Society of Plastics Engineers
  • The Materials Research Society
  • The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining
  • The Society of Rheology
  • English (Native or Bilingual)

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Areas of Expertise

Polymer engineering and science, materials processing, biomaterials, phosphate glasses, micro(nano)composites, university/industry partnerships.