UCSB Materials Research Lab receives NSF funding

October 23rd, 2023

In a funding renewal, the University of Santa Barbara’s Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) has received its seventh consecutive major grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to operate as an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). A top materials research facility, MRL was one of nine centers selected by the NSF this year to receive […]

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New material is extremely stretchable—and tough

March 14th, 2022

Researchers at NC State have created an ionogel material that’s both highly stretchable and extremely tough. Photo: NC State.  Researchers at North Carolina State University have made new materials that are not only extremely stretchable, they’re equally tough. The new materials fall under the broader category of ionogels—polymer networks, which contain salts that are liquid […]

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Five universities team up to design futuristic materials

October 25th, 2021

Megan Valentine, a professor of mechanical engineering and co-director of the California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), has been awarded a $1.8 million collaborative grant by the National Science Foundation to design and create next-generation materials inspired and empowered by biological cells. Valentine will be working alongside a team of physicists, […]

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