Florida State University’s High-Performance Materials Institute and Florida A&M University–Florida State University College of Engineering are joining a major NASA-funded multi-university project that will focus on developing technologies critical to human exploration in the world. deep space.
“We are truly pleased to be part of a project that supports NASA and its future work,” said HPMI Director Richard Liang.
Gary K. Ostrander, Vice President of Research, added, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our researchers and students to participate in a project that pushes the boundaries of science and will have a major impact on travel and space exploration. FSU’s Institute for High-Performance Materials was designed to explore the possibilities and uses of next-generation materials, and this project will allow them to apply their expertise in exciting ways.
The work is part of a larger NASA initiative to create the first-ever Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs), one for biological engineering in space and the other for new materials. generation. Each institute will receive $15 million over a period of five years which will be divided among the partner universities.
HPMI is a multidisciplinary research institute at Florida State University composed largely of faculty from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Due to HPMI’s leadership, FSU and FAMU will receive funding from STRI focused on next-generation materials and manufacturing. The money will help fund several FAMU-FSU College of Engineering graduate students and a postdoctoral researcher.
“The High-Performance Materials Institute is a leader in the development of advanced nanocomposites and additive manufacturing that will be essential for humans’ extended presence in deep space,” said J. Murray Gibson, Dean of FAMU- FSU College of Engineering. “Through this scholarship, our students will have unique opportunities to participate in an exciting future major space program.”
Liang, who is also a professor at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, will serve as the college’s senior researcher and sector leader for STRI. Six professors from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering will participate in the project. The STRI will be led by Professor Gregory Odegard of Michigan Technological University.
At HPMI and FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, scientists will work specifically on the development of carbon nanotube-based structural materials that can help create next-generation space vehicles, electrical systems, and potentially even habitats.
“It’s exciting to know that I could have a student who could gain experience here on this project and then potentially work on the mission to Mars in the future,” said FAMU-FSU assistant professor Tarik Dickens. College of Engineering which is also working on the project.
HPMI’s mission is to develop next-generation materials that can be used in a variety of technologies and industries. It has been designated as a Center for Industry/University Cooperative Research by the National Science Foundation and as a Center of Excellence by Florida’s public university governing body, the Florida Board of Governors.
Other universities participating in the project include the University of Utah, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota, Pennsylvania State University, University of Colorado and Virginia Commonwealth University. Industrial partners include Nanocomp Technologies and Solvay, with the US Air Force Research Laboratory as a collaborator.