BIMat :: Biologically Inspired Materials

Outreach and Education


Bio-inspired Super-strong Carbon Materials

Prof. Rodney S. Ruoff
Scitizen, 2 August 2007
Our work in the July 26, 2007 issue of Nature demonstrates a materials platform that can be further tuned through chemistry to perhaps yield super-strong but lightweight structures with many applications. Structures in living systems offer us ?bio-inspiration?, and with that in hand, we can discuss how to take advantage of the superb intrinsic stiffness and strength of nanostructures such as a single layer of graphite, by configuring them in 3-dimensional space in the right way, and with the right molecular glue between them.

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In Focus: Research at Princeton

FRS 120: Materials World [ST] , Spring 2005

First offered as FRS 122, Spring 2003



NASA Educational Television:
The NASA SCI Files

The Case of the Great Space Exploration

The Tree House Detectives dial up Ms. Dana Novak at the University of California at Santa Barbarato learn how mussels and bloodworms are helping scientists invent newself-healing materials for spacecraft.

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Original broadcast Wednesday 22 September 2004



BIMat Summer Internships

BIMatis committed to giving talented undergraduate students the opportunityto train in areas related to bio-nanotechnology through a variety ofeducational and outreach activities. Competitive internshipopportunities were made available to undergraduate students in the Summers of 2003, 2004, and 2005. All of the selected students conducted their respective internships in residence at NASA LaRC, working closely with NASA scientists on research projects related to biomimetics and nanotechnology.

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Seminars and Lectures

J. J. Hermans Lectureship, October 2003

H. J. C. Berendsen, Laboratory of Biophysical Chemistry
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Hosted by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Complex Materials Seminars, Spring 2004

Princeton University



19th Annual National Educator's Workshop

Held October 16 ? 20, 2004 at Arizona State University and Phoenix Area Industry. For more information, visit MST-Online.



18th Annual National Educator's Workshop

Held October 19 - 22, 2003 in Newport News and Hampton, Virginia. For more information, visit MST-Online.



BIMat-Sponsored Short Courses, 2003

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"Nanoscale Design of Materials"
NSF Summer Institute on Nano Mechanics and Materials
August 25 - 29, 2003
Northwestern University

"Nanoscale Mechanical Characterization:
The Theory and Practice of Contact Probe Techniques"

NSF Summer Institute on Nano Mechanics and Materials
August 11 - 15, 2003
Northwestern University

"Nanotechnology and Multifunctional Materials:
Bio/Nano Structures, Multiscale Designs and Multiphysics"

4th International Symposium on MEMS and Nanotechnology
Society for Experimental Mechanics
May 31, 2003
Charlotte, North Carolina



Academic Courses for 2003/2004

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FRS 128: Materials World [ST], Spring 2004

First offered as FRS 122, Spring 2003
(Princeton University)

Courses in Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials

(Northwestern University)


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