Materials at the Extremes

The development of robust structural materials for operation in demanding environments is critical for applications ranging from nuclear to aerospace to automotive. Key properties such as fatigue and corrosion resistance, strength, and microstructural stability must be designed and controlled over atomic-to-mesoscopic length scales.

At Drexel, research into advanced structural materials includesin situelectron microscopy for direct observation of defect behavior, the development of MAX phases - layered ceramic compounds with remarkable mechanical properties, and microstructural design of advanced alloys.