Research and Impact
DMSE researchers are designing next-generation hardware and semiconductor technology and leveraging computational and data-driven methods to accelerate materials discovery.
DMSE researchers are taking on climate change by building better batteries and fuel cells, developing analytical models for studying the environmental impact of materials, and using eco-friendly ways to make building materials such as cement.
The inventiveness of DMSE research in health and medicine is limitless, from diagnostic devices that detect disease to to materials that can mimic the response of human tissue.
Research at DMSE includes better manufacturing processes that use materials more efficiently and reduce waste, new product development, and improved processes for additive manufacturing.
Strong metal alloys for lighter and more durable auto components, electric batteries for planes, and construction materials from industrial waste are just a few of DMSE's transportation and infrastructure innovations.
Materials and Research Types
Key Research Examples
3D printed structures for modeling the Young’s modulus of bamboo parenchyma
Devised an alternative approach to test the mechanical properties of the various tissues in bamboo. The new method involves enlarging the tissues’ microstructure into 3-D printed models so tests can be conducted more effectively.
Excited state non-adiabatic dynamics of large photoswitchable molecules using a chemically transferable machine learning potential
We developed a machine learning approach that accelerates the process of identifying photoswitches, molecules that activate, or “turn on,” when exposed to light.
How hair deforms steel
Discovered why stainless-steel blades lose their sharpness over time. We found that a single strand of hair can cause the blade to chip. These degradations are more likely to happen if the blade’s microstructure is not uniform or if the blade cuts hair at an angle.