Category Archives: Materials and Manufacturing Innovation

Ross Brindle

At the Society of Automotive Engineers’ 2014 World Congress & Exhibition, the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division released an updated roadmap that will help automakers and their suppliers dramatically enhance fuel efficiency in vehicles through the adoption of plastics and polymer

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Jared Kosters

The beauty of materials science rests in using our knowledge of physics and chemistry to create remarkable technologies. For years, we’ve studied the structure-property relationship of materials to optimize the design, functionality, and life-cycles of our creations. But optimal designs

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Jared Kosters

Several of my past blog posts (e.g., Watch Materials Science Push the Boundaries of Possibility in Sochi and Beyond) have focused on a variation of a single theme: materials science can significantly improve our lives. 3-D printing, which I have

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Jared Kosters

Every two years, the Olympic Games remind us that the human body can achieve remarkable feats of strength, dexterity, agility, and intelligence. As a materials science nerd, though, my eyes tend to gravitate to the athletes’ sports equipment. Of course,

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Warren Hunt

A recent Nature article suggests that the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) should consider teaming up with the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) Nanotechnology Knowledge Infrastructure (NKI) initiative to leverage its nanotechnology data infrastructure. I’ve discussed MGI before on this blog (Happy

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Warren Hunt

There has been no other time in recent memory when the spotlight on materials and advanced manufacturing has shown as brightly as it is today. To make the major advances that this moment offers, it’s time for an “all hands

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Warren Hunt

The exponential growth of interest and research in advanced manufacturing has rapidly created a tsunami of information from a wide range of sources. But this flood of critical knowledge and data has quickly become difficult to locate and monitor. Fortunately,

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Sarah Lichtner
From Science Fiction to Reality
Sarah LichtnerOctober 31, 2013

Halloween is the day of all things ghoulish, supernatural, and otherworldly. Thanks to some recent materials science advances, some concepts that once only had a place in science fiction are now closer to becoming reality this Halloween. Here are just

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Jared Kosters

The transportation sector contributes more than one-quarter of total GHG emissions in the U.S.—so you can bet the sector got its due in the President’s recently announced Climate Action Plan. The plan intends to make good on Obama’s first-term promise to

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Warren Hunt

Fiber-reinforced polymer materials have long been recognized as a specialty class of materials, providing solutions in defense, high-end recreational products, and other applications where performance is more critical than cost. In particular, these materials are attractive because they are lighter,

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