Research

Current HPMI research consists of the following six major program areas:


Carbon Nanotubes Enhanced High-Performance Multifunctional Composites

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have amazing electrical, mechanical, photonic and thermal properties. HPMI is working to effectively transfer these amazing properties into bulk composite materials using thin membranes made up of CNTs called "buckypaper."

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Advanced Materials for Energy and Power

The use of fuel cells and supercapacitors is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years. New energy generation and storage devices must be made more efficient.

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Biosensors, Sensing and Actuation

Structural health monitoring (SHM) is vital for constructed systems and infrastructure for applications involving aircraft, wind blades, bridges, etc.

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Advanced Manufacturing and Out-of-Autoclave Processing for Composites and Nanocomposites

HPMI is developing and improving affordable manufacturing processes that provide rapid, custom-made composite fabrication capabilities.

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Emerging Processing Techniques for Advanced Materials

HPMI is exploring emerging processing techniques for composites and nanomaterials, such as developing and testing supercritical fluids (SCF) assisted process.

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Quality and Manufacturing Engineering for Advanced Composites Materials

Manufacturing of advanced materials such as composites and nanomaterials often involves multiple constituent materials and complex processing steps.

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