Michael Imburgia
Michael Imburgia, Ph.D.
Associate
Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry
Natick

Dr. Imburgia provides consulting services focused in the areas of physical and chemical characterization of polymeric materials, mechanical and adhesion testing, and component design. His experiences involve a combination of laboratory experiments and finite element analysis to elucidate the influence of materials properties and geometry on the performance of compliant composite systems. Using his broad knowledge of soft adhesives, thin films, and mechanical engineering, Dr. Imburgia supports clients in the areas of consumer product design, specialized mechanical characterization, and manufacturing scale-up. His professional interests include engineering polymer composites, fiber and fabric technologies, soft and structural adhesives, thin films and packaging, and 3D printing technologies.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Imburgia completed his Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he studied thin film, elastomer, and fabric mechanics. A large portion of Dr. Imburgia’s work at UMass-Amherst focused on performing collaborative experiments with biologists, including the study of gecko adhesive systems, which led to the design of new high-strength fabric-elastomer reversible adhesive systems.

Dr. Imburgia’s past work has also included the design and fabrication of customized mechanical tests and measurements such as micro-scale mechanical and adhesion testing as well as pilot-scale manufacturing setups including roll-to-roll fabrication. Dr. Imburgia has experience with conventional characterization techniques including optical and scanning electron microscopy, mechanical testing (tensile, compression, dynamic mechanical thermal analysis [DMTA]), PSTC and ASTM standard adhesion testing (lap joint, peel, double cantilever beam, probe tack, blister), and surface analysis (ellipsometry, optical profilometry, contact angle, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflectance [FTIR-ATR]). 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2017
  • M.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2012
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York, Binghamton, 2011
  • Peebles Student Award - 39th Annual Adhesion Society Meeting (2016)

    Best Poster Award - 38th Annual Adhesion Society Meeting (2015)

    Student Poster Travel Award - Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (2013)

    Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society (2008-Present)

    Pi Tau Sigma, National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society (2009-Present)

Publications

Imburgia, MJ. Deformation and adhesion of soft composite systems for bio-inspired adhesives and wrinkled surface fabrication. Ph.D. Dissertation, UMass-Amherst 2017.

Conith, AJ, Imburgia, MJ, Crosby, AJ, Dumont, ER. The Functional Significance of Complex Dentitions in Early Mammal Evolution. J. R. Soc. Interface 2016; 13:20160713.

Imburgia, MJ, Crosby, AJ. Rolling Wrinkles on Elastic Substrates. Extreme Mechanics Letters 2016; 6:23-30.

Tan, KT, White, CC, Hunston, D, Gorham, JM, Imburgia, MJ, Forster, AM, Vogt, BD. Role of Salt on Adhesion of an Epoxy/Aluminum (oxide) Interface in Aqueous Environments. Polymer Engineering and Science, 2015; 56.1:18-26.

Gilman, CG, Imburgia, MJ, Bartlett, MD, King, DR, Crosby, AJ, Irschick, DJ. Geckos as Springs: Mechanics Explain Across-Species Scaling of Adhesion. PLoS ONE 2015; 10.6:e0134604.

Presentations

Imburgia, MJ, Crosby, AJ. Impact of Loading Conditions and Geometry on the Performance of Elastomer-Based Reversible Adhesive Systems. Poster presentation, UMass-Amherst CUMIRP Fall Meeting, Amherst, MA, 2016.

Imburgia, MJ, Crosby, AJ. Tuning Reversible Adhesion Through Materials Properties and Geometry. Poster presentation, NEW.Mech at Harvard University, Boston, MA, 2016.

Imburgia, MJ, Crosby, AJ. Research in the Crosby Group at UMass Amherst PSE. Invited talk, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, 2016.

Imburgia, MJ, Gilman, CA, Bartlett, MD, King, DR, Irschick, DJ, and Crosby, AJ. Grasping Compliant Interfaces: Mechanical Deformation of Synthetic and Biological Adhesive Systems. Invited talk, 39th Annual Adhesion Society Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2016.

Imburgia, MJ, Crosby, AJ. Rolling Wrinkles on Elastic Substrates. Invited talk, UMass-Amherst CUMIRP Fall Meeting, Amherst, MA, 2015.

Imburgia, MJ, Crosby, AJ. Rolling Wrinkles on Elastic Substrates. Invited talk, American Chemical Society, Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, 2015.

Imburgia, MJ, Crosby, AJ. Scaling-up Wrinkles: Creating Controlled, Micron-sized Patterns on Meter-sized Surfaces Using a Roll and Plate Geometry. Poster presentation, 38th Annual Adhesion Society Meeting, Savannah, GA, 2015.

Imburgia, MJ, Crosby, AJ. Rolling Wrinkles on Elastic Substrates. Poster presentation, Pressure Sensitive Tape Council, Tech 36, New Orleans, LA, 2013.

Prior Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, Polymer Science and Engineering Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2011-2016

Visiting Researcher, Department of Plant Sciences and Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, 2016

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering Department, State University of New York at Binghamton, 2010-2011

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, Building and Fire Research Lab, National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST], 2010

Professional Affiliations

The Adhesion Society (2013-present)

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2017
  • M.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2012
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York, Binghamton, 2011
  • Peebles Student Award - 39th Annual Adhesion Society Meeting (2016)

    Best Poster Award - 38th Annual Adhesion Society Meeting (2015)

    Student Poster Travel Award - Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (2013)

    Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society (2008-Present)

    Pi Tau Sigma, National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society (2009-Present)