NEWS

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New Project

February 3, 2022

Future Materials Lab is awarded a new project by Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing  (CCAM) on 3D printing High Entropy Alloys (HEAs) with improved mechanical properties. The project will be a collaboration between our group and CCAM.

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Reza Mirzaeifar Named John R. Jones III Faculty Fellowe

November 21, 2021

Dr. Mirzaeifar is named John R. Jones III Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering Department by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. This Faculty Fellowship was established in 2006 to acknowledge and reward mid-career faculty who have shown exceptional merit in research, teaching, and/or service: News Link.

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New Project

August 10, 2021

Future Materials Lab is awarded a new project by ONR on engineering the microstructure of 3D printed alloys to tailor their mechanical properties. The research will be focused on designing the material at the microstructural level, 3D printing of the designed microstructure with different alloys, and characterizing the fabricated materials at different scales.

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Doctoral Graduation

December 10, 2020

Kaiyuan Successfully defended his PhD dissertation. He is the fourth PhD graduate in Future Materials Lab.

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New Project

June 11, 2020

In collaboration with MInDS lab and MedShape company, we will investigate Ultrasound-Responsive Polymeric Systems. Shape memory polymers are an emerging class of smart materials that have the ability to return from a deformed temporary shape to their original permanent shape when subjected to an external stimulus such as heat, light, and a magnetic field. In this new project, we will investigate high-intensity focused ultrasound as a novel and promising stimulus with unique capabilities to actuate the controlled shape recovery of shape memory polymers.

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DOE Award

Feb 11, 2020

This year the DOE: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) will fund 55 projects to support innovative advanced manufacturing research and development. The third-largest project funded by DOE will receive      ~ $11 M, and it will be awarded to a consortium of ~25 universities, companies, and national labs. Our lab is a part of the group. The final goal of the project is "significantly increasing the energy efficiency and product quality to position the U.S. for global leadership in advanced manufacturing".

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Doctoral Graduation

February 13, 2020

Mohamad Successfully defended his PhD dissertation. He is the third PhD graduate in Future Materials Lab.

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MSc Graduation

December 10, 2019

Sachin successfully defended his Master's thesis.

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MSc Graduation

December 4, 2019

Matthew successfully defended his Master's thesis.

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New Project

May 7, 2019

Future Materials Lab as a part of a team is awarded a DURIP fund from ONR. This fund with be used to purchase a metals 3D printer.

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New Project

May 7, 2019

Future Materials Lab starts a new project on studying the fracture behavior of 3D printed alloys with Honeywell.

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Invited Talk

April 29, 2019

Reza Presented an invited talk on “Mechanics of Phase Transformation in Nickel-Titanium Shape Memory Alloys at Macro-, Micro- and Atomistic Scales” in IUTAM Symposium on Phase Transformations in Shape Memory Materials: Modeling and Applications.

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Invited Talk

April 25, 2019

Reza Presented an invited talk on “Metal-Graphene Composits” in Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering in Rice University.

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Doctoral Graduation

December 10, 2018

Fatemeh Successfully defended his PhD dissertation. She is the second PhD graduate in Future Materials Lab.

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New Project

October 23, 2018

Future Materials Lab starts a new project on studying the mechanical properties of Al-Ce alloys with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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AFOSR YIP Award

March 5, 2018

Reza Mirzaei far is awarded an AFOSR YIP award for his work on developing ultra-high strength super-elastic transforming metal matrix-graphene composites

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Doctoral Graduation

July 25, 2017

Pooya Successfully defended his PhD dissertation. He is the first PhD graduate in Future Materials Lab.

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New Project

January 15, 2016

Future Materials Lab starts a new project with association of American of Railroads with the RTL lab in VT. The project will be on studying the rolling contact fatigue at the microstructure of polycrystalline metals.