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Jun 2, 2021

Turning Tree Residue Into Smart Hydrogels

NC State researchers are turning wood byproducts into sensory hydrogels and sustainable, biodegradable smart materials. 

Apr 15, 2014

Why Captain America’s Shield Is Basically a Star-Spangled Supercapacitor

Captain America’s shield is famous for absorbing tremendous amounts of kinetic energy, from an artillery shell to a punch from the Hulk – keeping Cap not only safe, but on his feet.  What’s going on here? It’s tough to explain how the shield works, in part because it behaves differently under different circumstances. Sometimes the… 

Mar 3, 2014

New NSF Dielectrics Center Ties Research Efforts to Product Development

If you want to do research that solves problems facing global industries, it helps to form partnerships with the industries you want to help. That’s the idea behind the National Science Foundation’s new Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics, being led by NC State and Penn State. “Broadly speaking, our goal is to work with industry to… 

Nov 27, 2013

Nanoscale Coatings Improve Stability and Efficiency of Devices for Renewable Fuel Generation

Splitting water into its components, two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen, is an important first step in achieving carbon-neutral fuels to power our transportation infrastructure – including automobiles and planes. Now, North Carolina State University researchers and colleagues from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have shown that a specialized coating technique… 

Jun 20, 2013

Heads Up, Isaac Newton

How do you throw a 100-pound ball of Silly Putty off the top of an 11-story building? Just use the scientific method and let gravity do the rest. Catch this year's Silly Putty Drop. 

Feb 8, 2013

Koch Elected to Nat’l Academy of Engineering

Carl Koch has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the top professional honors in the field. Learn more about his groundbreaking research. 

Oct 24, 2011

Spontak Wins Professorship

Dr. Richard Spontak, chemical engineer and materials scientist, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of a professorship at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. 

Jun 29, 2011

Serious Silly Putty

What happens when you drop an 80-pound ball of Silly Putty from the top of a nine-story building? Ask the budding engineers and scientists at NC State’s Materials Camp. 

May 11, 2011

Spontak’s Research Recognized

Dr. Richard J. Spontak, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and materials science and engineering, has been honored for seminal research on thermoplastic elastomer systems. 

Feb 11, 2011

Narayan Wins Materials Science Award

Dr. Jagdish “Jay” Narayan received a 2011 Lee Hsun Lecture Award for contributions to materials science and technology. 

Nov 16, 2010

Thinking Outside the Brick

During a teaching fellowship at NC State, Ginger Dosier came up with the idea of harnessing the power of bacteria to grow bricks. Thanks to a multidisciplinary effort, the idea is becoming reality. 

Apr 20, 2010

Gold Medal Material

Dr. Jay Narayan has won the Acta Materialia Gold Medal and Prize for exceptional research contributions and leadership in materials science.