Structures and Materials

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
Anthony Grbic and students

Time-varying metamaterials for next generation communication, sensing, and defense systems

With $7.5M MURI grant, Professor Anthony Grbic is developing metamaterials for a new generation of integrated electromagnetic and photonic systems.|Medium Read
Portrait of Anthony Waas

Embracing changing landscapes: autonomy, space exploration and diversity

A Q&A with Anthony Waas, the new Richard A. Auhll Department Chair of Aerospace Engineering and Felix Pawlowski Collegiate Chair at the University of Michigan.|Medium Read
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Ph.D. student Tim Brooks optimizes composite manufacturing to enable lighter aircraft

Aerospace doctoral student Tim Brooks has been implementing computational methods that are helping to make new optimized processes of composite manufacturing a reality, enabling lighter and more fuel-efficient aircraft. |Medium Read
Man speaks in front of class

Electric field control of magnetism

The Van Vlack Lecture Series was established in honor of L. H. Van Vlack, to provide a distinguished lecture series from the outstanding leaders in the field of Materials Science and Engineering.|Short Read

Bend it like Airbus

New $8.25M Airbus center at Michigan for high efficiency aircraft with flexible wings|Medium Read
Gold nanoparticle assembly fades to ball-and-stick representation of structure

Most complex nanoparticle crystal ever made by design

Extraordinary nanoparticle crystals are possible by harnessing particle shape in addition to using DNA as smart glue.|Medium Read
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Art-inspired solar cells

Kirigami could be the key to flat, lightweight solar cells that can track the sun across the sky.|Medium Read
Turbulence simulations

$3.46M to combine supercomputer simulations with big data

By improving large physics models on the fly, U-M faculty will advance aerodynamics, climate science, cosmology, materials science and cardiovascular research.|Medium Read
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Pile driver sensors

Pile driving produces thousands of impacts every day, a team at Michigan is hoping a new sensor can predict soil settlement before an accident occurs.|Short Read
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World’s most complex crystal simulated at U-Michigan

The most complicated crystal structure ever produced in a computer simulation has been achieved by researchers at the University of Michigan. |Short Read
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Jae Young Park receives Best Student Paper Award for research impacting structural health monitoring

SHM systems are critical for monitoring aging structures and infrastructure in a cost-effective manner.|Short Read