Published on Monday August 15, 2011
The website of the American Physical Society (APS) has selected Ph.D. candidate Babak Anasori's (advisor: Michel Barsoum) "MAX Dragon" image to be featured on their homepage. Typically, the APS selects only approximately 10 images per year to rotate on their homepage.
MAX Dragon is a colorized scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of a fractured surface of a novel nanocrystalline magnesium, Mg, matrix composite, reinforced with Ti2AlC, a MAX phase, that deforms primarily by kink band formation. In the image, a Ti2AlC grain kinked several times during fracture to form a dragon. Fire from the dragon represents the extraordinary thermal stability of the nanocrystalline Mg matrix, wherein heating to 50 °C above the melting point of Mg did not lead to the coarsening of the Mg nanograins.
The image is credited to both Anasori and his advisor, Dr. Barsoum.