Tag Archives: materials

Nine to five in two

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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Funded research project lands grad student a full-time job Many College of Engineering students complete internships during their tenure at the college, hoping to gain work experience that will make them better equipped to find jobs in their fields. But, sometimes the benefits are more direct. Take Anshuman Sharma, a materials science graduate student who [...]

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Casting a nano future for the metals industry

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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Aluminum and magnesium alloys hold great potential for manufacturers, as these alloys are much lighter than traditional high-strength materials such as iron and steel. However, most high-strength aluminum and magnesium alloys are difficult to cast because these materials tend to crack as they solidify in casting molds. This “hot tearing” is a major barrier to [...]

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Strengthening bonds with the welding industry

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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An engine block cast from aluminum or magnesium-matrix nanocomposites can be much lighter than one cast from aluminum alone. Similarly, a power-plant pressure vessel made from advanced steel that can withstand higher temperature and pressure without deforming could burn more efficiently and produce less pollution. Researchers continue to create new materials with properties that promise [...]

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Slippery concepts: Tiny interactions explain massive phenomena

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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An earthquake conjures images of massive tectonic plates shifting and ocean waves heaving across the planet. To understand such interactions  better, Materials Science and Engineering Associate Professor Izabela Szlufarska is looking at them on the molecular level. Szlufarska researches the phenomena that result from coupling chemistry and mechanics, with specific focus on adhesion and friction. [...]

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Nanomembranes promise new materials for advanced electronics

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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The camera in your phone collects light on silicon and translates that information into digital bits. One of the reasons those cameras and phones continue to improve is that researchers are developing new materials that absorb more light, use less power, and are less expensive to produce. Recent innovations by a team of materials science [...]

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DOE awards UW-Madison engineers $5.6 million for future reactor technology

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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The U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Energy University Program awarded five out of 51 grants nationwide to researchers in the Department of Engineering Physics. In total, DOE awarded $39 million in research grants aimed at developing cutting-edge nuclear energy technologies, and training and educating the next generation of leaders in the U.S. nuclear industry. Izabela [...]

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Engineers testify about coal combusion products, nuclear safety

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by .

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Nuclear expert testifies about U.S. reactor safety In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Japan and the effects of the resulting tsunami on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, Wisconsin Distinguished Professor of Engineering Physics Michael Corradini presented testimony April 6, 2011, to a U.S. House subcommittee about the state of U.S. nuclear plants and [...]

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Three UW-Madison award winners

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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Philip Dunham Reed Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Susan Hagness is one of 11 winners of the 2011 Kellet Mid-Career Award, supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. The award recognizes outstanding mid-career faculty members who are five to 20 years past their first promotion to a tenured position. Each winner, chosen by a [...]

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Air Force honors young researchers

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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Three UW-Madison engineers are among 43 researchers to receive prestigious Air Force Young Investigator Research Program funding through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). The program is designed to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early-career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for those investigators to recognize the [...]

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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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Nano coatings show big potential for energy storage

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Sitting in his office, Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Marc Anderson picks up a small vial of clear liquid and shines a laser pointer through it. A deep green line bisects the vial, evidence of nanoparticles suspended in the liquid. This liquid is Anderson’s platform technology. With it, he can dip or spray oxide-based nanoparticle [...]

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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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