Dr. Melissa A. Pasquinelli

Associate Professor

Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science

Phone: 919-515-9426
Email: Melissa_Pasquinelli@ncsu.edu
Address: 2401 Research Drive
Room: 3324 | Map Location
Website: http://www.te.ncsu.edu/mpasquinelli
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Research Areas

The focus of our research is to design and utilize a variety of multiscale simulation tools at the molecular to mesoscopic scales for applications in nanotechnology, textiles, biomedical engineering, and toxicology.  These multiscale modeling tools relate the physical and chemical interactions of molecules such as polymers and proteins to

  1. Their functional properties, including biological, electrical, mechanical, biocompatible, and toxicological; and
  2. Their role in processes, such as molecular recognition and self-assembly mechanisms. 

Please refer to our research website for details on specific projects.

Most Recent Publications

1. Chen, J., Hanson, B.J., and Pasquinelli, M.A. (2014). Molecular Dynamics Simulations for Predicting Surface Wetting. AIMS Materials Science , 1 (2) , 121-131.

2. Quddus, A.A.R., Rojas, O.J., and Pasquinelli, M.A. (2014). Molecular Dynamics Simulations of the Adhesion of a Thin Annealed Film of Oleic Acid onto Crystalline Cellulose. Biomacromolecules , 15 (4) , 1476-1483.

3. Liu, J., Moo-Young, J., McInnis, M., Pasquinelli, M.A., and Zhai, L. (2014). Conjugated Polymer Assemblies on Carbon Nanotubes. Macromolecules , 47 (2) , 705-712.

4. Jiang, Q., Tallury, S.S., Qiu, Y., and Pasquinelli, M.A. (2014). Molecular Dynamics Simulations of the Effect of the Volume Fraction on Unidirectional Polyimide-Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposites. Carbon , 67 , 440-448.

5. Bicomponent Fibers Capable of Thermally Induced Shape Recovery After Low-Temperature Strain Fixing - Tallury, S.S., Pasquinelli, M.A., Pourdeyhimi, B., and Spontak, R. (2014). http://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/WO2014055946

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Dr. Melissa Pasquinelli is an NCSU Faculty Scholar, NCSU Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, and an Associate Professor in Fiber and Polymer Science, Textile Engineering, and Polymer and Color Chemistry at North Carolina State University, where she enjoys balancing her professional time between teaching and mentoring budding engineers and scientists and working on scientific research projects. Her research team is working on developing and utilizing computational tools for investigating nanoscale science and engineering applications, such as developing “smart” and multifunctional materials. (More information about her research projects can be found at http://www.te.ncsu.edu/mpasquinelli.) She thoroughly relishes in mentoring young scientists and engineers, so members of her research team span from high school students to postdoctoral researchers.

Dr. Pasquinelli teaches a variety of courses each year at the undergraduate and graduate levels on topics such as computer modeling, sustainability in materials design, and engineering thermodynamics. In the classroom, she applies active learning strategies to engage the students and to appeal to as many learning styles as possible throughout the lesson. She puts much effort toward designing assignments that necessitate critical and creative thinking and problem solving strategies, and thus steer the students toward going beyond just crunching numbers and regurgitating the technical content. She also incorporates practical applications and examples into the course that appeal to the students, such as the potential implications on the environment. She was recognized as an NCSU Outstanding Teacher in 2010, and was the College of Textiles nominee for the NCSU Board of Governor’s award in 2012. She has also been acknowledged through the “Thank A Teacher” program numerous times. In addition, from Carnegie Mellon University, she received a Graduate Teaching Award in 1999 and a Student Employee of the Year Recognition Award in 2000 for her development of a comprehensive Supplemental Instruction Leader Training.

In addition to her research and teaching activities, Dr. Pasquinelli has a long history of community outreach activities, which has included judging several regional and state science competitions a year, mentoring females and minorities interested in technical fields, serving as a mentor to K-12 science teachers, and presenting science-based workshops to students in middle school and high school. Dr. Pasquinelli also serves leadership roles with the American Chemical Society, including being an Associate Member of the Committee for Environmental Improvement, and serving as both the 2013 Chair and Councilor for the North Carolina Local Section.

Prior to joining NC State, Dr. Pasquinelli worked for two years as a Computational Chemist with the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; she also received postdoctoral training at Duke University and was awarded a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship from the Sloan Foundation. She received her Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University, and she received her B.S. in chemistry with honors and minors in writing and mathematics from Seton Hill University, a former women’s college in Greensburg, PA.

In her spare time, Dr. Pasquinelli enjoys exploring the outdoors, playing cards, listening to music, practicing yoga and pilates, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.

Community of Science Profile:  http://myprofile.cos.com/melissap

LinkedIN Profile:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/melissap

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Visit our team website for more details:  http://www.te.ncsu.edu/mpasquinelli

Visit our team website for more details:  http://www.te.ncsu.edu/mpasquinelli

Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Computational Toxicology, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, RTP, NC

Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Duke University, Durham, NC

Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

B.S., Chemistry, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA (Note that this school is distinct from Seton HALL University, and was a women's college when I attended it.)

  • American Chemical Society [1993-present]
  • American Society for Engineering Education [2010-present]
  • Society of Women Environmental Professionals [2006-present]
  • Materials Research Society [2013-present]