Professor Lawrence T. Drzal is a University Distinguished Professor in the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. He is also the Director of the Composite Materials and Structures Center at Michigan State University. He was co-Director of the NSF State/Industry/University Center for Low-Cost, High-Speed Polymer Composites Processing at MSU (1991-1999) and recently (2015) was appointed Director of the Vehicle Technical Application Area in the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
His research is primarily in fiber-matrix adhesion in polymer matrix composite materials reinforced with carbon, glass, polymeric and biobased fibers and in multifunctional composites in which graphene nanoplatelets, cellulose nanofibers, and other nanoparticles are incorporated in the fiber-matrix interphase. He has over 425 peer reviewed research papers and 40 patents and was designated a “Highly Cited Researcher in Material Science” by ISIHighlyCited.com. He has received research awards from the Adhesion Society, USAF Materials Laboratory, American Society for Composites, SPE, 3M, and Dow Corning.
Dr. Drzal is a Fellow of the American Society for Composites, Adhesion Society, American Institute of Chemists, Society of Plastics Engineers, and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering. In 2007, Dr. Drzal co-founded XG Sciences, Inc, a private Michigan company that is currently the world’s largest manufacturer of graphene nanoplatelets using processes and technologies developed in his lab at MSU. He serves as its Chief Scientist.