New & Emerging Fields

A culture of interdisciplinary impact research and a world leader in research and education.  Explore our new and emerging fields of research in bio-inspired engineering, In Situ characterization, 2D materials and coatings, humanitarian materials engineering, additive manufacturing, and electrocaloric effect technologies.

A SLIPS coating on a glass substrate
Bio-inspired Engineering

The bio-inspired invention, called slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces, or SLIPS

High-res Image from the TEM
In Situ Characterization

Flurry of innovations in new components that can be placed inside the TEM

Colorized SEM image of graphene
2D Materials and Coatings

One atom-thick substrate of graphene with pristine interfaces between the two layers

Humanitarian Materials
Humanitarian Materials Engineering

Socially responsible engineering in the developing regions of the world

Complex metal parts made by additive manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing

"When it comes to U.S. manufacturing, we've lost our swagger, but additive manufacturing will get it back."

Next generation solid-state refrigeration
Thermally Functional Materials

Electrocaloric effect (ECE) based cooling technology