How do you make materials stronger, lighter, cheaper, and more energy efficient? You call the talented faculty at the UA.
World-renowned in designing and constructing composites and applying nanotechnology techniques to reinforcing existing materials, the UA is well-positioned to produce the next generation of state-of-the-art materials useful in a variety of industries including defense and aerospace.
- Advanced Ceramics & Composites
- Nanotechnology & Carbon Fibers
- Glass Materials
- Hybrid Solar-Electric Materials
- Magneto-Optical Composites
UA scientists and engineers are well known for their research in advanced materials and manufacturing technologies. The Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering (MSE) is the primary unit focusing on composite materials, although researchers from such units as Chemistry and the College of Optical Sciences are also intimately involved. In MSE, the Arizona Materials Laboratory (AML) has multiple research facilities that are used by faculty and students to pursue research in glass materials, novel materials chemistry, and advanced ceramics and composites.
The high performance materials lab focuses on processing advanced high-temperature resistant materials and developing an understanding of their mechanical and thermal properties at temperature for application in extreme environmental conditions. Specifically, we conduct research on ultra-high temperature ceramics (UHTCs) and composites, UHTC coatings, multifunctional high-temperature ceramic nanocomposites, and oxide ceramic composites.