The ability to mix and match properties at the nano level is key to making materials that are strong but lightweight or can store energy, says U-M researcher John Hart. Hart, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, explains how materials could be built from the bottom up using nanotechnology to give them the perfect qualities for their application.
ABOUT THE PROFESSOR: John Hart is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. His research interests include manufacturing and application of nanostructured materials; nanotubes and nanowires; energy conversion; catalysis and reaction control; composite materials and structures; optical, electronic, and fluidic devices; self-assembly; machine and instrument design; scientific visualizations. He leads the U-M’s Mechanosynthesis Group.