Gorga's interests include My interests lie in producing polymer fibers (including nanofibers and nanocomposite fibers) with superior mechanical and conductive properties.
Specific interests include the fabrication and characterization of novel scaffolds for functional tissue engineering and strain sensing applications. Approaches include incorporation of nanoparticles for improved strength, conductivity, and optimal fiber morphology. Additionally, bicomponent fibers are utilized to optimize structural integrity and surface functionality of the fibrous structure. Development of scaffolds with antimicrobial properties are also a focus.
Russell E. Gorga is currently an Associate Professor in the Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science Department at NC State University and former Program Director of Textile Engineering. He has affiliate appointments in both Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at NC State. His main interests lie in developing polymer nanocomposites with improved mechanical and conductive properties for a variety of applications.
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.