Materials

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
A model of a bird-like wing in Professor Inman's lab.

Aerospace Professor Dan Inman receives a National Science Foundation grant for development of avian inspired morphing aircraft

Aerospace Professor Dan Inman receives a National Science Foundation grant to continue his research into avian inspired morphing aircraft. |Long Read
Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering Professor Pingsha Dong

Pingsha Dong named ASME Fellow

Professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Pingsha Dong has been named as American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow. |Short Read
University of Michigan engineers professor Katsuyo Thornton, left, and graduate student Erik Hanson. Photo courtesy Paul Braun

Researchers gain control over internal structure of self-assembled composite materials

Researchers new templating technique instills greater order and gives rise to new 3D structures in a special class of high-performance materials, called eutectics.|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
Mollusks

Cracking the mystery of nature’s toughest material

How mollusks engineered the most advanced nanostructure on Earth |Medium Read
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Aerospace Alumni Receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Congratulations to Michigan Aerospace Alumni Evan Pineda, recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers |Short 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
HERCULES laser

Most powerful laser in the US to be built at Michigan

Using extreme light to explore quantum dynamics, advance medicine and more.|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
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