This webpage presents research work by a lab group in the Aerospace Engineering Department at the Pennsylvania State University, led by Professor Namiko Yamamoto. Our research focus is on experimental studies of multi-functional nano-/micro-engineered materials for aerospace applications and their manufacturing.
Our long-term research goal is to enable bulk application of novel multi-scale engineered materials in next-generation structures, devices, and systems in extreme environments including the space. Advanced material alternatives with lightweight, higher performance, multi-functionality, and zero maintenance are sought after, to increase safety, save energy, and decrease cost. However, bulk application of such materials is currently limited due to incomplete processing-structure-property relationship studies, and lack of scalable manufacturing technology. We plan to fill in these gaps, evaluate how nano-scale behaviors are translated to macro-scale properties, and establish the design space and certification process to achieve application of these novel materials.