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Illustration of molecules

Designing lightweight glass for efficient cars and wind turbines

Lighter, stiffer glass fibers could make composite materials thinner without sacrificing strength. |Medium Read
Ashwin Shahani and Saman Moniri work in the lab

How an age-old process could lead to new materials and even invisibility

A Q&A with Ashwin Shahani, U-M assistant professor of materials science and engineering |Medium Read
Powder about to be prepared

Post-silicon computing gets one step closer

Tunable semiconductor could lead to faster, more efficient computers|Medium Read
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
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
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
Model of a nuclear fuel assembly. Credit: Getty Images

A new lead on a 50-year-old radiation damage mystery

A U-M-led team of researchers developed the first atomic-level simulation that produced a mysterious defect.|Medium Read
A solar array on U-M’s North Campus

The material that could power tomorrow’s solar cells

‘We estimate that a finished solar cell could be about ten times cheaper than an equivalent gallium arsenide cell.’ |Medium Read
Student pours liquids over plastic slides

“Everything-repellent” coating could kid-proof phones, homes

Clear surface repels all liquids|Short Read