Threading high-performance, self-morphing building blocks across scales toward a sustainable future

Concrete Cell Stress graphic
Image: Masoud Akbarzadeh

Inspiree by biological structural materials, Yang, Liang Feng (Penn Engineering, MSE) and Masoud Akbarzadeh (PennDesign, Architecture) have received $4.6M grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) in collaboration with researchers at Princeton University (Andrej Košmrlj and Pierre-Thomas Brun), Rowan University (Xiao Hu) and Rutgers University Camden (David Salas-de la Cruz) to drive eco-future manufacturing of highly efficient structures and components that are lightweight, yet ultrastrong, self-supportive, adaptive and energy efficient from nano- to microscale and from centimeter to meter scale.

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