Archive for 'Materials Science and Engineering'

100-year study mirrors U.S. history of concrete

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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Almost since the beginning of recorded history, people have used concrete substances in everything from infrastructure to artwork. Yet, recently as the early 1900s, there had been little scientific research of concrete and only a few standards existed to guide its modern-day mixing and implementation. UW-Madison Mechanics Professor Owen Withey recognized this deficit and, in [...]

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A global view of the very small

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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In an engineering lab at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez (UPRM) , a student takes pictures of a nanomaterial by controlling a microscope with a computer. What makes this scene unique is that the microscope isn’t beside the computer or even in the next room. Rather, it’s located in the basement of the UW-Madison [...]

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Finding the right path

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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A team led by Materials Science and Engineering Professor Chang-Beom Eom has developed a new approach for creating powerful nanodevices, and the discoveries could pave the way for other researchers to begin more widespread development of these devices. Particular metal-oxide materials have a unique magneto-electric property that allows the material to switch its magnetic field [...]

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Mentor for innovators

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Erwin W. Mueller Professor and Bascom Materials Science and Engineering Professor of Surface Science Max Lagally serves as a bridgebetween the UW-Madison laboratories where cutting-edge technologies are developed and the companies taking those devices to market. “When I was in graduate school during the Sputnik era, the motivation in academia was to create more academics,” [...]

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Improving the cutting edge

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Tiny tools—small enough to poke an individual lens on a ladybug’s eye—are getting more durable, thanks to ultrathin nanocrystalline diamond coatings developed by materials science graduate Patrick Heaney (MS ‘07, PhD ‘09) and his new company, NCD Technologies. Heaney is refining techniques he developed and patented as a graduate student to enhance the performance of [...]

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Engineers receive $3.7 million for nuclear research

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded UW-Madison engineering researchers nine of 42 total grants distributed through its Nuclear Energy University Program. The researchers received $3.7 million to advance nuclear education and develop the next generation of nuclear technologies. The research includes projects in fuel cycle research and development, generation IV reactor research and development, [...]

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Fast fix

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Bioactive coatings promote cell growth For people who suffer excruciating back pain due to injury or disc degeneration, relief often comes in the form of spinal fusion and disc replacement. Metallic implants are the current standard, and while these devices mechanically fix tissue or replace vertebrae, they don’t heal the problem. Responding to patients’ need [...]

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