Whodunnit? Or rather, how’d they do it? That will be the question students will be trying to answer next week when the Department of Materials Science and Engineering welcomes budding detectives to its annual Materials Camp. Reading like an episode of TV’s “CSI,” the camp will give high school students a chance to solve various clues to the identity of an unknown perpetrator based on the use of a wide array of techniques and tools used by materials scientists.
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Researchers from UT recently garnered national attention for their part in a study that could lead to the development of tablets, TVs, and mobile devices the width of a piece of paper. First published in Nature, the article details how researchers have been able to create wires only three atoms wide using an electron beam.
UT will take part in two U.S. Department of Energy projects totaling more than $9 million which involve a team of institutions to improve upon nuclear energy safety and efficiency. The projects draw upon lessons learned from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. The two awards are part of the DOE’s 2012 Nuclear Energy University Programs Integrated Research Programs.
A UT-based team has received a $3.5 million grant from the US Department of Energy for a proposal to improve the currently used nuclear fuel cladding. Kurt Sickafus, head of the Department of Material Science and Engineering, will lead a team of eleven international institutions to engineer ceramic coatings that will prohibit the oxidation of nuclear fuel cladding.