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Shape the Future - Why Wait

Friday September 29, 2017
3:30 pm

 Presenter:  Boris Kiefer, NMSU
 Series:  Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
 Abstract:  Societies face many challenges in the 21st century. While there is a broad consensus that science and engineering will play an integral role in finding suitable solutions, promising pathways for moving forward are far less obvious. Emerging drivers for advanced manufacturing are 3D printing technologies for rapid prototyping of arbitrary shapes. I will discuss some of my own efforts in 3D printing and how the synergy of manufacturing and basic science provides new opportunities for undergraduate and graduate education. It is clear that 3D printed materials performance is directly connected to constitutive laws caused by bond formation and electronic interactions at the atomic scale. I will show how first-principle simulations of the many-electron Schrödinger equation can guide materials functionalization and performance control. As an example I consider Group IA functionalization of the carbon backbone in PLA, a common 3d printing filament, in order to control its optical and electronic properties. As a final example I consider reversible hydrogen storage design and its challenges in graphene inspired 2D materials. These examples show that quantitative science provides a key to direct research and development that will shape our future.
 Host:  Keith Lidke
 Location:  Room 125, Dane Smith Hall

Refreshments will be available before the colloquium, at 03:15 pm, in in the lobby of Dane Smith Hall.

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