Materials Science and Engineering

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Mollusks

Cracking the mystery of nature’s toughest material

How mollusks engineered the most advanced nanostructure on Earth |Medium Read
Eyke holds the kirigami in hand

Kirigami sensor patch for shoulders could improve injury recovery, athletic training

Low-cost sensors could one day enable patients to log exercise and track progress in a smartphone app|Medium Read
Two iterations of a metal lattice meet at a “grain boundary” defect, with atoms of an alloying element fitting into the defect. Illustration by Liang Qi, Computational Materials Science Group, University of Michigan

Hard as ceramic, tough as steel

Newly discovered connection could help with designing nextgen alloys.|Medium Read
Researchers in the lab with a large device

The “Magic Ratio” that could power tomorrow’s solar cells

A Q&A with Rachel Goldman|Medium Read
The morning sun rises on the Grove at North Campus of the University of Michigan.

University of Michigan launches Michigan Materials Research institute

Center to unite disciplines, spur new collaborations with government and industry|Medium Read
Baseball on green grass. Getty Images.

What’s really behind baseball’s home run surge?

Some pitchers are convinced the balls are being messed with behind the scenes.|Short Read
Juan Lopez wears sunglasses to protect his eyes in the lab

Immortal switches, quantum computers could stem from new semiconductor

Material’s polarity, conductivity change with temperature|Medium Read
A diagram of the crystal structure invented to test the new “inverse design” computer program.

‘Digital alchemy’ to reverse-engineer new materials

If you tell this computer program what crystal you need to build, it will design a particle that self-assembles into that crystal.|Medium Read
A Kirigami lattice. Photo: Joseph Xu/Michigan Engineering

Kirigami can spin terahertz rays in real time to peer into biological tissue

The rays used by airport scanners might have a future in medical imaging.|Medium Read
Researcher wearing blue gloves works in the lab

Cancer is smarter than you think: Q&A with Geeta Mehta

Decoding the sophisticated inner workings of cancer may help us fight it.|Medium Read
Abhishek Dhyani works in the lab

Ice-proofing big structures with a “beautiful demonstration of mechanics”

'You're missing a trick,' mechanical engineer tells materials scientist.|Medium Read
Power plant on the water. Getty Images.

Global CO2 Initiative announces advisory board

A diverse group of leaders in technology, research, policy, and industry assemble to drive development of a critical climate solution.|Medium Read