Emilie Ringe, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering (MSNE) at Rice University, has been awarded a three-year, $360,000 grant by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) to research a promising class of two-dimensional (2D) materials.
Carbon fiber, a pillar of strength in materials manufacturing for decades, isn’t as good as it could be, but there are ways to improve it, according to Rice University scientists.
They found the polymer chains that make up a common carbon fiber are prone to misalign during manufacture, a defect the researchers compared with a faulty zipper that weakens the product.
Scientists at Rice University are smashing metallic micro-cubes to make them ultrastrong and tough by rearranging their nanostructures upon impact.
The Rice team reported in Science this week that firing a tiny, nearly perfect cube of silver onto a hard target turns its single-crystal microstructure into a gradient-nano-grained (GNG) structure.