Russell E. Gorga Ph.D.

Gorga, Russell E.
Position Department / Business Unit
Assistant Professor College of Textiles
Institution Disciplines
North Carolina State University Nanotubes Nanoparticles
City State / Provence
Raleigh North Carolina
Country Website
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Russell E. Gorga is currently an Assistant Professor in the Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science Department at NC State University. His main interests lie in developing polymer nanocomposites with improved properties (mechanical, conductive, and barrier).

Before coming to NC State, Dr. Gorga was a post doctoral associate at MIT where he worked on improving the strength of brittle polymers (such as poly (methyl methacrylate). This work was carried out under Prof. Robert Cohen in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

His doctoral work focused on developing relationships between molecular-micro-macro properties of polymer-polymer interfaces. Specifically, interfacial strength was mechanistically related to miscibility and mobility characteristics of the polymer constituents.

In addition, Dr. Gorga worked as a research engineer at Union Carbide Corporation from 1997 through 2000, where he focused on structure-property relationships of semi-crystalline polymers for high strength commodity applications.

Dr. Gorga is also extremely interested in classroom innovations, and continually seeks new ways to make the classroom a learning-focused environment.

In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, hiking, kayaking, photography, and music.

Research Interests:
My interests lie in producing polymer films and fibers with superior mechanical, barrier, and conducitive properties. This can be achieved via the use of nanoparticles such as carbon nanotubes.

Specific strategies involve dispersing the nanotubes via melt mixing and/or surface modifications of the nanoparticle. Orientation is achieved via melt drawing, producing fibers with improved toughness.

Additional interests include using the nanoparticles as nucelation agents in semi-crystalline polymers. The effect of dispersion and orientation of the nanoparticle on crystal morphology and the resulting properties is of particular interest.


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2002; M.S., Chemical Engineering, Rutgers University, 1997; B.S., Materials Engineering, Drexel University, 1994


Contributor to the Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering, and Technology, Second Edition (CRC Press) 2007.

Important Articles

1.  Gorga, R.E., & McCullen, S.D., & Stevens, D.R., & Roberts, W.A., & Ojha, S.S., & Clarke, L.I.. (2007). Morphological, electrical, and mechanical characterization of electrospun nanofiber mats containing multi-walled carbon nanotubes. Macromolecules , 40 (4), 997-1003.

2. Gorga, R.E., & McCullen, S.D., & Stevens, D.R., & Roberts, W.A., & Clarke, L.I., & Bernacki, S.H., & Loboa, E.G.. (2007). Characterization of electrospun nanocomposite scaffolds and biocompatibility with adipose-derived human mesenchymal stem cells. International Journal of Nanomedicine

3. Gorga, R.E., & McCullen, S.D., & Stano, K.L., & Stevens, D.R., & Roberts, W.A., & Monteiro-Riviere, N., & Clarke, L.I.. (2007). Development, optimization and characterization of electrospun poly (lactic acid) nanofibers containing multi-walled carbon nanotubes. Journal of Applied Polymer Science

4. Gorga, R.E., & Dondero, W.E.. (2006). Morphological and mechanical properties of carbon nanotube/polymer composites via melt compounding. Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics , 44 (5) ,864-878.

5. Gorga, R.E., & Lau, K., & Gleason, K., & Cohen, R.E.. (2006). The effect of nanotube surface coating on poly (methyl methacrylate) with oriented multi-wall carbon nanotubes: a mechanical properties study. Journal of Applied Polymer Science , 102 (2) ,1413-1418.

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