Prof Andrew Gross
University of South Carolina
Assistant Professor

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in-situ nanoindenter, 150 kN load frame with vacuum furnace (rough vacuum), microtorr metallic vacuum furnace, 3D digital image correlation, radio frequency plasma etcher, critical point dryer, stereolithography, fused filament fabrication, 55W CO2 laser cutter

Scientific focus and expertise:
numerical modeling, design optimization, and experimental mechanics

Materials class:
metals, polymers, and ceramics

Research challenge:
In what situations do parent material properties, loading characteristics, and architecture design intersect in a manner that enables metamaterials to vastly outperform state of the art materials? For these situations, what are the particular metamaterial designs that most nearly achieve the theoretical performance limit?


Market Sector:
Transport and Infrastructure

ECR (Early Career Researcher)

Special Interest Group(s):
Mechanical Metamaterials

Horizon Scanning and Disruptive Concepts

Challenge Areas:
Space and Aviation