Professor James Economy's Group
Our group is currently one of the largest research groups in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Professor Economy has played a major role during the past 40 years in the design and development of a number of polymer systems, including liquid crystalline materials for structural uses, novel thermosetting resins that can be recycled, and activated fibers for filtering environmental contaminants.
He led the effort to create the National Science Foundation Center on Advanced Materials for Water Purification at the Urbana campus.
Most recently he and his group have developed a new composite based on carbon fibers in a boron nitride matrix, which shows a 10x improvement in wear for aircraft brakes as compared to the currently used carbon/carbon composites.
We would like to invite you to read about our research areas, and contact us about them if you are interested in the advancements we are making