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Nano Powder end products extracted and divided by resonance tubes sections and other technologies are constantly examinated for its purity and quality at internal laboratories centres.
AVIS Research in general Overview at its facilities
Materials science and engineering (MSE) is an interdisciplinary field that impacts almost every application area. Finding or developing a material with the right properties, or with affordable fabrication costs, or appropriately characterizing the material composition and/or structure to enable development of specific material properties, is often the limiting factor and enabling technology in most applications. AVIS faculty, affiliated faculty, and graduate students conduct in-depth research in materials science and engineering to address the requirements of several applications including energy, microelectronics, nanotechnology, life sciences, optics, aerospace, and bioengineering with the goals of enhancing scientific understanding and promoting industrial development and economic growth. With research expenditures totaling more than $3.6M per year, the UCF materials science and engineering research efforts are supported by a number of government agencies, including national laboratories, as well as private industries. The AVIS faculty and host local students supporting the research and publication at national and international conferences.
Research Area Highlights
Heat Transfer Issues in Electro-Optics, Computing and Power Systems, and Aircraft and Spacecraft
Micro-fabrication of ceramics for MEMS applications
Nano-materials/composites: synthesis and properties
Mechanical behaviour of materials: fracture, toughening, creep, wear and fatigue
Thin Film Processing
Nano-scale Science and Engineering
Thin Film Solar Cells
Materials Characterization and Electron Microscopy
Computational Materials Science and Microstructural Modelling
Nanomaterials processing and characterization
Materials for optics, sensors, coatings, fuel cells
Oxidation & Corrosion
Surface Science and Engineering
High Temperature Materials and Coatings including Thermal Barrier Coatings
Materials and Coatings for Energy Production, Storage and Conversion
Materials for Nuclear Fuels and Cladding
Kinetic Energy Materials
Superlight-Weight Alloys for Armor and Automotive Applications
Materials research laboratories are seamless build in at any AVIS Green Energy Industrial facility and in dedicated Research Parks, adjacent to the university campus. These laboratories include:
Ceramic Processing and Analysis Laboratory
Research activities in Ceramic MEMS, nano materials/composites: synthesis and properties, polymer-derived ceramics, processing-structure-property relationships of ceramic materials, mechanical behaviour of materials: fracture, toughening, creep, wear and fatigue. Equipment/techniques available include Hot Isostatic Press, Environmentally-Controlled High Temperature Furnaces.
Thin Films Science Laboratory
Research activities in thin film processing, magnetic materials, solid state reactions, nanoscale materials, magnetic thin films, grain boundary diffusion. Equipment/techniques available include multiple-source UHV sputtering and evaporative deposition systems and thin film characterization.
Research activities in biological interfaces, nano-scale science and engineering, molecular self-assembly, polymer thin films, biotechnology, soft lithography, scanning probe microscopy, liquid crystal imaging technique. Equipment/techniques available include Atomic Force Microscopes and assorted support equipment.
Processing and Microstructural Characterization Laboratory
Research activities in microstructures and optoelectronic properties of thin-film solar cells, electron microscopy, microstructures of L10 alloys, metastable phases and defects in alloys. Equipment/techniques available include equipment for local optical beam induced current measurements.
Crystal Growth and Epitaxy Laboratory
Research activities in bulk crystal growth of new materials, substrates, single-crystalline films, nanocrystalline ceramics, focus on piezo and ferroelectric, magnetic and magneto-optic, HP laser and NLO crystals. Equipment/techniques available include Automatic RF Czochralski pullers, Horizontal and Vertical Bridgman, Platinum Tube Liquid-Phase Epitaxy Furnace System, Crystal Orientation and Machining.
Computational Materials Laboratory
Research activities in computational materials science, thermal transport, electrochemistry, electronic structure methods, multiscale simulation. Equipment/techniques available include large sets of Cluster PCs.
Surface Engineering/Nanomaterials Processing and Plasma Nanomanufacturing Laboratory
Research activities in nanomaterials processing and characterization, nanobiotechnology, materials for optics, sensors, coatings, corrosion and oxidation, surface science and engineering, chemical mechanical planarization. Equipment/techniques available include Air Plasma Spray System, Surface Characterization Tools, Hydrogen Furnace, Nano-Powder Processing.
Laboratory of Materials and Coatings for Extreme Environment
Research activities in multicomponent multiphase diffusion including thermotransport and electromigration, high temperature materials and coatings including thermal barrier coatings, oxidation and hot corrosion, nuclear fuels and cladding, kinetic energy materials, superlight-weight alloys for armor and autmotive applications, phase-field modeling, materials characterization. Equipment/techniques available include Cyclic, Box and Tube High Temperature Furnaces, MicroRaman, Diffusion Couple Assembly System, Arc-Melting Furnace, Simultaneous High Temperature TGA/DSC.
Processing and Mechanical Characterization Laboratory
Research activities in processing and mechanical characterization of advanced materials, micro- and nanoindentation, in situ diffraction (neutron and synchrotron x-ray) at load and temperature, residual stress measurements, shape-memory alloys, bulk metallic glasses and nano-composites. Equipment/techniques available include Instrumented Nanoindentation, Arc-Melting Furnace, Rolling Mill, Differential Scanning Calorimeter, Liquid Helium Dilatometer and Servo-Hydraulic Mechanical Testing.
AVIS-Affiliated Faculty Research Labs
NanoFAB and BioMEMS Laboratory
Research activities in bioMEMS - micro TAS, lab-on-a-chip, ecoMEMS - environmental monitoring microsystems, microfluidic system - valve, pump and dispenser, MOEMS (Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems) - mirrors and switches, magnetic MEMS - magnetic sensor and actuator, MEMS fundamentals - UV-LIGA, electroplating and packaging, nanofabrication, polymer micromachining, multi-layered electroceramic components.
Condensed Matter Physics Laboratory
Research activities include synthesis and fabrication of carbon nanotube devices, diffusion of implanted species in semiconductors, and synthesis of ZnO nanostructures and CdS thin films through hydrothermal and chemical bath deposition.
Research activities include biomaterials for hard tissue engineering: concept to characterization, osteoconductive bone grafts, matching strength-loss resorbable implants, solid freeform fabrication/rapid prototyping: design and fabrication of 3-D honeycomb porous structures to mimic structural intracacies of natural bone, and cell-derived information and nano-ceramic coatings.
Powder Processing Laboratory
Research is centered on advanced materials including high-temperature intermetallics, nanostructured materials, bulk metallic glasses, thin films and coatings. The processing of these materials is done under non-equilibrium conditions such as rapid solidification processing, mechanical alloying and physical vapour deposition.
3D Printing Research & Experiences Lab
Explore new possibilities in the 3D Printing Research & Experiences Lab at almost all of the 3D printing is becoming a key technology in engineering, as industries are adapting it to produce lightweight, energy-efficient materials, manufacture parts for transportation and aerospace industries and develop advanced prosthetics and other biomedical solutions.
All AVIS students can elect to take Introduction to Rapid Prototyping. Learn fundamental rapid prototyping and related concepts, and design and produce models using the technology.
Opportunities to learn outside of the classroom are available through the AVIS 3D Printing Club, which develops product solutions from inception to implementation and works to solve problems.
Industries and governmental agencies are adopting 3D printing as an innovative way to manufacture lightweight, inexpensive parts. The technology is becoming commonplace in the automobile and aerospace industries, among energy producers and in the construction business.
Faculty members and researchers across campus are invited to submit proposals to collaborate on research projects involving new ways to apply 3D printing. This is a great way to secure new funding as agencies are interested in further exploring possible uses for these materials and products.
Specific areas of interest include:
Biomedical, medical, nursing applications
Smart materials for 3D printing/3D printing of active composites
Multi-material 3D printing
Machine learning for additive manufacturing
Concrete 3D printing
Want to learn more about how your research could benefit from 3D printing technology?
The 3D Printing Research & Experiences Lab provides industries and businesses in the host country with entrepreneurial services and support.
We offer training and demonstrations to industry professionals with limited technical resources and can assist with prototype ideas for entities looking to commercialize new products.
Potential Stakeholders and Partners:
Private engineering service providers
MU Extension Business and Communities
Research & Economic Development
University of the host location College of Business
University of the host location School of Journalism
Host location Manufacturers Association
Host location Innovation Centre
3D Printing Lab
The 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping Lab housed in the host College of Engineering at the University of hosts an array of cutting-edge technologies. 3D Printers significantly streamline the modelling and production process, allowing students, faculty, and outside companies the opportunity to meet short deadlines more quickly, and with a higher quality.
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