Arlington engineers are assembling a computer-based “genome” that will aid in
the design and development of advanced new materials that are super hard, can
resist extreme heat, are highly durable and are less expensive through a new,
$640,000 National Science Foundation grant.
work is funded through a 2011 White House “Materials Genome Initiative” intended
to cut in half the time it takes to develop novel materials that can fuel
advanced manufacturing. The effort has been compared with the national Human
Genome Project launched in the 1980s.
Meletis, chair and professor of the Department of Materials Science &
Engineering, is leading
the interdisciplinary team, which includes Peter Kroll, an associate professor of
chemistry and biochemistry, and Jiechao Jiang,
a research associate professor in the Materials Science and Engineering
UT Arlington team will focus on the areas of extremely hard and
high-temperature resistant coatings for advanced materials using current and
new methods at the atomic and nanoscale level to achieve the project’s objectives.
will combine methods for designing and attaining this extremely hard and high-temperature
resistant materials on computers at first. Eventually, we’ll synthesize these
materials in the lab and test them,” Meletis said. “This could revolutionize
new materials genome could be used in a number of advanced applications
including turbine blades, reusable launch vehicles, hypersonic vehicles and
thermal barrier materials designed to withstand temperature and radiation extremes
in space, researchers said.
University is very enthusiastic about being part of this exciting and
ground-breaking research,” said Khosrow Behbehani, dean of the College
of Engineering. “This
project not only benefits existing businesses that work with advanced materials
but also will help boost emerging industries.”
work is an example of research excellence at The University of Texas at
Arlington, a comprehensive institution of almost 33,800 students and more than
2,200 faculty members in the heart of North Texas. It is the second largest
institution in The University of Texas System. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.