Materials

nanostructures

$6.25 million to develop new semiconductors for artificial photosynthesis

An interdisciplinary team from four universities are developing a new class of semiconductors for novel artificial photosynthesis and the production of clean chemicals and fuels using sunlight, as part of a DoD MURI|Medium Read

Federico Benazzo Wins 1st Place in Undergrad Research Competition

Michigan Aerospace Undergraduate Student Federico Benazzo Awarded 1st-Place in the undergraduate research competition at the 2021 Engineering Research Symposium for presenting his research on the implementation of self-healing polymer in composite materials.|Short Read

Shiyao Lin Awarded the 2021 AIAA Harry H. and Lois G. Hilton Student Paper Award

U-M Aerospace Engineering PhD student Shiyao Lin won the 2021 AIAA Harry H. and Lois G. Hilton Student Paper Award in Structures from the 2021 AIAA SciTech Forum and Exposition for his paper “A Comprehensive Experimental and Computational Study on LVI induced Damage of Laminated Composites.”|Short Read

U-M Aerospace first-year PhD student, Eytan Adler (BSAE ’20) awarded 2020-2021 MICDE Fellowship

Congratulations to PhD student, Eytan Adler, on receiving the 2020-2021 Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE) Fellowship for his work with hybrid electric aircraft! Established in 2013 as an initiative by the University of Michigan College of Engineering, the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, and the Office of Research, the MICDE Fellowship awards graduate students from a diverse set of research disciplines for their contributions to advancing scientific computing. |Short Read

U-M Aerospace Engineering scholars win the ASME Best Paper award for their work on nanowire vibration-tamping study

PhD Candidates LoriAnne Groo and Kelsey Steinke, Harm Buning Collegiate Professor of Aerospace Engineering Daniel J Inman, and Professor of Aerospace Engineering Henry A Sodano have been awarded the prestigious Best Paper award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).|Short Read
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NERS researchers aim to understand the behavior of high entropy alloys under extreme conditions

The research is part of a greater project to find an optimized radiation-tolerant material.|Short Read
A closer look at two catalyst reactions

Chemistry and energy: Machine learning to understand catalyst interactions

Toward harnessing machine learning to design the materials we want.|Medium Read
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Burn after reading

A self-erasing chip for security and anti-counterfeit tech.|Medium Read
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Urban solar energy: Solar panels for windows hit record 8% efficiency

Transparent solar panels on windows could take a bite out of a building’s electricity needs.|Medium Read

Flexible wings, COVID-19, and the future of commercial aviation

At the June 2017 Paris Airshow, Airbus entered into a five-year agreement with the University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering department to establish and fund, to the tune of $8.25 million, a new research center. Called the Airbus-University of Michigan Center for Aero-Servo-Elasticity of Very Flexible Aircraft, its purpose is to engage in fundamental research, focusing on advanced methodologies for designing and evaluating future aircraft. We recently caught up with the Center's director, Dr. Carlos Cesnik, and asked him about the work being done there, the aircraft of the future, and the impact of the recent COVID-19 crisis on the aerospace industry.|Medium Read
Zhanni Wu

Zhanni Wu awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

Wu is working on advanced metasurfaces, which could help next-generation wireless communication, commercial and military radar systems, imaging, and antenna systems.|Short Read
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Designing lightweight glass for efficient cars and wind turbines

Lighter, stiffer glass fibers could make composite materials thinner without sacrificing strength. |Medium Read