Materials Through the Ages

Professor Ken Kelton, Department of Physics, Washington University
April 26, 2018 at 4:30 pm
mySci Resource Center , 6601 Vernon Ave
Event Description 

The launch date is still decades away, but NASA will be sending humans to Mars. However, the trip isn’t without its challenges. The round trip could take up to three years. This means NASA needs lots of new materials.

The development of materials has always gone hand-in-hand with advances in civilization. Metals and glasses have been the dominant materials over the ages; plastics and semiconductors have taken on significant roles within the relatively recent past. Over thousands of years, by trial and error, humankind has learned how to produce superior materials for different types of processing.

Ken Kelton, the Arthur Holly Compton Professor in Arts & Sciences, will discuss:

  • Techniques used to tailor metals and glasses for specific applications
  • Modern instrumentation
  • Advanced techniques being explored for materials of the future

Sponsored by Washington University’s Institute for School Partnership