Ph.D. Candidate Babak Anasori's MAX Dragon Image to be Featured on APS Website

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.

Tagged as Michel Barsoum American Physical Society Graduate