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Heat-conducting plastic could lead to lighter electronics, cars

Unfurling the long chains of molecules in plastics could help them dissipate heat more easily.|Medium Read
Metal rods that are part of the molecular epitaxy beam apparatus at Michigan Engineering. Photo by Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing

Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks

More efficient LED lighting and invisibility cloaking are two possible applications for a new process that adds metallic nanoparticles to semiconductors.|Medium Read
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Robert D. Pehlke Lectureship in Materials Processing endowed

This lecture will feature topics about or concerning materials processing, and the endowment fund will cover expenses related to the lecture.|Short Read
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Neil A. Weissman Fund for Materials Science and Engineering established

The Neil A. Weissman Fund for Materials Science and Engineering will support programs or purchase equipment for undergraduate student laboratory research.|Short Read

Joanna Millunchick named associate dean for undergrad education

Millunchick aims to create a more vibrant, engaging and inclusive community of scholars.|Short Read

‘Magic’ alloy could spur the next generation of solar cells

A new alloy could reduce the cost of high-efficiency solar cells called "concentrator photovoltaics."|Medium Read
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Growing STEM

In 2013, alumna Aisha Bowe co-founded STEMBoard, a technology company. STEMBoard’s goal is to help historically underrepresented youth play a role in designing tomorrow’s technologies.|Short Read
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Aeriel Murphy: Loving research since high school

Doctoral candidate Aeriel Murphy is a seasoned researcher; she got her start competing in science fair competitions across the United States in high school and hasn't looked back since.|Short Read
This image from Tomviz 1.0 depicts a hyperbranched particle with complex nanostructure.

Open-source software unlocks 3-D view of nanomaterials

A new open-source software platform enables researchers to easily create 3-D images from electron tomography data, then share and manipulate those images in a single platform.|Medium Read
Two droplets of water repelled by an ultra-durable water-repellent coating. The droplet on the left is sitting on a surface that has been abraded by a machine.

A self-healing, water-repellant coating that’s ultra durable

This coating developed at the University of Michigan is hundreds of times more durable than its counterparts and could enable waterproofing of vehicles, clothing, rooftops and countless other surfaces. |Medium Read