Research / Areas of ResearchMetals
Metals fall between ceramics and polymers in terms of strength and temperature resistance, but have outstanding ductility and toughness, which make them particularly useful for structural, load-bearing applications.
Further non-structural applications take advantage of their unique electrical, magnetic, thermal, optical, and chemical properties.
Examples of metals research at Northwestern include:
- Shape-memory alloys for biomedical implants
- Multicomponent alloys for light-weight vehicles or high-temperature engines
- Intermetallic alloys for hydrogen storage
- Advanced characterization by electron microscopy or atom probe of alloys with nanoscale precipitates