Materials

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
an example of the erasing message

Burn after reading

A self-erasing chip for security and anti-counterfeit tech.|Medium Read
Holding a sample of the solar cell

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
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