Areas of Research

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.

Research Topics

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