Nanofoams, Strength without Weight
Members of Prof. Michael J. Demkowicz's group have performed research in Nanofoams, potentially strong yet light-weight structural materials. Nanoporous materials come in a wide variety of open cell structures that contain ligaments and nodes. Understanding the fundamental mechanisms by which they form and deform is important for engineering these materials for specific applications. See Acta Materialia for more on this research, doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2011.08.037.