Khalid Lafdi

Contact Information

  • Email: Khalid Lafdi
  • Phone: 937-229-2643
  • Location: Kettering Labs Room 542

Khalid Lafdi

Professor; Wright Brothers Endowed Chair in Nanomaterials

  • Full-Time Faculty


  • Resident scientist and professor, University of Dayton, 2001-present.


  • Habilitation, physics (France), 1991
  • Ph.D., chemical engineering (France), 1989
  • M.S., chemical engineering (France), 1987 

Research Interests

  • Carbon foams: modeling, processing and properties
  • Carbon nanoconstituents: growth and functionalization
  • Carbon scaffold for bone plates and lenses
  • Composite materials for implant applications
  • Design fabrication of thermal property devices for micro- and nanometric measurements
  • Nanocomposites: processing and properties
  • Surfaces and interfaces in composites
  • Wear and friction of carbon materials

Patents and Disclosures

  • U.S. Patent No. 2011/0144559A1, 2014: Medical drainage devices with carbon based structures for inhibiting growth of fibroblast.
  • U.S. Patent No. US 8,895,105 B2: Receptor-catalyst growth process for carbon nanotubes.
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,676,887, issued January 13, 2004: Oxidation resistant carbon materials via nanocrystalline silicon carbide inclusions.


  • Lafdi, K. 2011. Functionalization of composites. In La vie intime des matériaux composites, Francisco Chinesta interviewé par Christine Evain, Editions Ecole Centrale de Nantes (EECN), (March),
  • Lafdi, K. 2009. Nano and bio-composites, ed. A. Lau, H. Farzana, and K. Lafdi, Francis and Taylor.
  • Lafdi, K., and M. Wright. 1998. Carbon graphite fiber. In Handbook of composites II, ed. S.T. Peters Lubin.
  • Lafdi, K., S. Bonnamy, and A. Oberlin. 1998. Structure of carbon fibers. Ed. J.B. Donnet, New York and Basel: Marcel Dekker, Inc.

Plenary and Thematic Conferences

  • Lafdi, K. 2014. Carbon nanotechnologie: Un reve devient realite. University of Mohammadia, Morocco.
  • Lafdi, K. 2014. Paving the way — Nanotechnology. Imperial College, in London, UK.
  • Lafdi, K. 2014. Nano, the key technology for multifunctional composites. Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Lafdi, K. 2014. Nano, the key technology for multifunctional composites. University of Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Lafdi, K. 2014. Nano, the key technology for multifunctional composites. University of Brest, France.
  • Lafdi, K. 2014. Nano, the key technology for multifunctional composites. University of Texas, in Brownsville, Texas.
  • Lafdi, K. 2013. Nanotechnology: Paving the way. The 4th Federation of African Societies of Chemistry, May 7-9, in Marrakech, Morocco.
  • Lafdi, K. 2013. Naon: The interfacial technology for multifunctional composites. 18èmes Journées Nationales sur les Composites, June 12-14, in Nantes, France.
  • Lafdi, K. 2013. Fuzzy fibers as multifunctional reinforcement. Materials Research Society, 2013 Fall MRS Meeting and Exhibits, December 1-6, in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Lafdi, K. 2012. Paving the way - nanotechnology. ACMA2012, Fes, Morocco.
  • Lafdi, K. 2012. Paving the way - nanotechnology. MASCIR, Rabat, Morocco.
  • Lafdi, K. 2012. Nanotechnologies, le monde de demain. University of Mohammadia, Morocco.
  • Lafdi, K. 2012. Nanotechnology in steel industry. SABIC, Saudi Arabia.
  • Lafdi, K. 2012. Nano, the key technology for multifunctional composites. QATAR Foundation meeting, DOHA, Qatar.

Publications in Refereed Journals

  • Czarnecki, J.S., K. Lafdi, and P.A. Tsonis. 2014. The future of carbon-based scaffolds. Orthobiologics in Foot and Ankle Surgery, Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery 32, no. 1 (January): 73-91.
  • Hikita, Muneaki, Li Cao, and Khalid Lafdi. 2014. Optical properties of carbon microcoils. Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 041905.
  • Ren, Xiang, Josh Burton, Gary D. Seidel, and Khalid Lafdi. 2014. Computational multiscale modeling and characterization of piezoresistivity in fuzzy fiber reinforced polymer composites. International Journal of Solids and Structures 54 (February): 121-134. Language: English. doi: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2014.10.034
  • Czarnecki, J.S., S. Jolivet, M.E. Blackmore, K. Lafdi, and P.A. Tsonis. 2014. Bone growth on reticulated vitreous carbon foam scaffolds and implementation of cellular automata modeling as a predictive tool. Carbon 79 (November): 135-148.
  • Vietri, U., L. Guadagno, M. Raimondo, L. Vertuccio, and K. Lafdi. 2014. Nanofilled epoxy adhesive for structural aeronautic materials. Composites Part B: Engineering 61: 73-83.
  • D'Angelo, M. J. D'Angelo, M. Almajali, K. Lafdi, A. Delort, and M. Elmansori. 2014. Augmented cooling vest system subassembly: Design and analysis. Energy Conversion and Management 79: 140-145.
  • Sebastian, J., N. Schehl, M. Bouchard, M. Boehle, L. Li, A. Lagounov, and K. Lafdi. 2014. Health monitoring of structural composites with embedded carbon nanotube coated glass fiber sensors. Carbon 66 (January): 191-200.
  • Cao, Li, Sadra Emami, and Khalid Lafdi. 2014. Large-scale exfoliation of hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets in liquid phase. Material Express 4, no. 2: 165-171.
  • Czarnecki, J.S., S. Jolivet, M.E. Kundrat, K. Lafdi, and P.A. Tsonis. 2014. Fibrous carbon scaffolding for bone tissue repair. Tissue Engineering Part A 20 (May): 3176-88—ISSN: 1937-335X.
  • Guadagno, Liberata, Marialuigia Raimondoa, Khalid Lafdi, Annalisa Fierro, Salvatore Rosolia, and Maria Rossella Nobile. 2014. Influence of nanofiller morphology on the viscoelastic properties of CNF/epoxy resins. AIP Conference Proceedings 1599: 386-389.
  • Hikita, Muneaki, Robyn L. Bradford, and Khalid Lafdi. 2014. Growth and properties of carbon microcoils and nanocoils. Crystals 4, no. 4: 466-489.
  • Truong, Hieu TX, Dimitris C. Lagoudas, Dimitris, Ozden O. Ochoa, and Khalid Lafdi. 2014. Fracture toughness of fiber metal laminates: Carbon nanotube modified Ti–polymer–matrix composite interface. Journal of Composite Materials 48, no. 22: 2697-2710. doi: 10.1177/0021998313501923
  • Hikita, Muneaki, and Khalid Lafdi. 2014. Synthesis and growth kinetics of carbon nanocoils using Sn-Fe-O xerogel film catalyst. Mater. Res. Express 1, 035027. doi:10.1088/2053-1591/1/3/035027
  • Czarnecki, J.S., M.E. Kundrat, S. Jolivet, K. Lafdi, and P.A. Tsonis. Submitted. Carbon-based foam scaffolds for bone tissue repair or reconstruction. Tissue Engineering Part A 2013.
  • Almajali, M., K. Lafdi, and P.H. Prodhomme. 2013. Effect of copper coating on infiltrated PCM/foam. Energy Conversion and Management 66: 336–342.
  • Guadagno, Liberata, Marialuigia Raimondo, Vittoria Vittoria, Luigi Vertuccio, Khalid Lafdi, Biagio De Vivo, Patrizia Lamberti, Giovanni Spinelli and Vincenzo Tucci. 2013. The role of carbon nanofiber defects on the electrical and mechanical properties of CNF-based resins. Nanotechnology 24: 305704.
  • Truong, Hieu, Dimitris Lagoudas, Ozden Ochoa, and Khalid Lafdi. 2013. Fracture toughness of fiber metal laminates: CNT modified Ti – PMC interfaceJournal of Composite Materials.
  • Evora, M.C., D. Klosterman, and K. Lafdi. 2013. Study of an alternative process for oxidizing vapor grown carbon nanofibers using electron beam accelerators. Radiation Physics & Chemistry 84: 105.
  • Shaikh S., and K. Lafdi. 2012. A carbon nanotube based composite for thermal control of heat loads. Carbon 50, no. 2, (February): 542–550.
  • Boehle, M., Q. Jiang, L. Li, A. Lagounov, and K. Lafdi. 2012. Carbon nanotubes grown on glass fiber as a strain sensor for real time structural health monitoring. International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials. doi:10.1080/19475411.2011.651509
  • Guadagno, L., M. Raimondo, C. Naddeo, A. Di Bartolomeo, and K. Lafdi. 2012. Influence of multiwall carbon nanotubes on morphological and structural changes during UV irradiation of syndiotactic polypropylene films. Journal of Polymer Sciences, Polymer Physics. doi: 10.1002/polb.23093
  • Memon, M.O., and K. Lafdi. 2012. Use of carbon nanostructures in transient spike power applications. International Journal of Thermal Sciences 53: 1-7.
  • Ciobanu, C., S. Iconaru, E. Gyorgy, M. Radu, M. Costache, A. Dinischiotu, P. Le Coustumer, K. Lafdi, and D. Predoi. 2012. Biomedical properties and preparation of iron oxide-dextran nanostructures by MAPLE technique. Chemistry Central Journal 6:17.
  • Czarnecki, J.S., K. Lafdi, R.M. Joseph, and P.A. Tsonis. 2012. Hybrid carbon-based scaffolds for applications in soft tissue reconstruction. Tissue Engineering Part a 18, 9-10: 946-956.
  • Park, W., K. Choi, K. Lafdi, and C. Yu. 2012. Influence of nanomaterials in polymer composites on thermal conductivity. Journal of Heat Transfer-Transactions of the ASME 134, no. 4: 041302.