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Cairns, Darran R.

Adjunct Associate Professor - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Birmingham, U.K.,1999 
B.Sc., Physics, University of Birmingham, U.K., 1995

Dr. Cairns joined WVU on January 1st 2006. Prior to WVU he was a Research Specialist at 3M where he worked for five years on nano-composite materials for wear resistant optical coatings used for touchscreen applications. From 1998-2001 he was a postdoctoral research associate in engineering at Brown University working with Professor Gregory Crawford. His post-doctoral work focused on liquid crystalline composite materials and structures for display and sensor applications including flexible displays.

Research Interests

Solution based processing of composite materials including sol-gel materials; 
Nano-composite materials; 
Liquid crystalline materials and composites; 
High performance coatings for wear; resistance, thermal barriers and corrosion resistance; 
Flexible electronic devices; 

Service and Outreach

D. R. Cairns, "Mechanical Reliability of Conductive Polymers for Rollable Display Applications" in Flexible Flat Panel Displays, G. P. Crawford Editor, Wiley, (2005) 
M. J. Escuti, D. R. Cairns and G. P. Crawford, "Optical-strain characteristics of anisotropic polymer films fabricated from a liquid crystal diacrylate" Journal of Applied Physics 95, p2386 (2004). 
G. P. Crawford, D. R. Cairns, C. C. Bowley, S. Danworaphong, A. K. Fontecchio S. M. Faris and L. Li, "Reflective Strain Gauge with Aspected Particles and Polarization Sensitive Devices" US 6,778,236

Professional Societies

Materials Research Society (MRS) 
Institute of Physics (IOP) 
Society for Information Display (SID)