The Advanced Manufacturing and Magnetic Materials Laboratory (AMA³) of Dr. Markus Chmielus focuses on additive manufacturing, processing, alloy development, thin films deposition and single crystal growth of high performance metals for structural, high-temperature and biomedical applications as well as functional magnetic materials including magnetic shape-memory and magnetocaloric alloys. The laboratory is not only using all additive manufacturing methods available in the ANSYS-PITT Additive Manufacturing Research Laboratory but also develops new methods to a manufacture alloys with distinct properties and functionality.
Major experiments that are performed in the AMA³ laboratory include thin film deposition and in-situ characterization (stress and microstructure) of metals with a customized AJA ultra-high vacuum magnetron sputter deposition system, processing furnaces, non-destructive (e.g. micro-computed tomography, density measurements), mechanical testing overall length scales (e.g. tensile and fatigue testing, hardness testing, shear-punch testing, indentation), microstructural characterization (e.g. optical and electron microscopy, orientation mapping, porosity and phase determination), characterization of magneto-mechanical, magnetocaloric, thermo-magnetic and magnetic properties and synchrotron and neutron diffraction experiments at large user facilities.
This lab is directed by Dr. Di Gao and
focuses on the synthesis, assembly, and characterization of novel
nanostructures, as well as the integration of these nanostructures into
functional devices and systems for biomedical, environmental, and sustainable
engineering applications. Current research topics include superhydrophobic and
superoleophobic surfaces, surface engineering for water-oil separation and
water treatment processes, next generation solar cells, and
nanotechnology-enabled biosensors, bioseperation and biomedical devices.
laboratory provides research opportunities to undergraduate and graduate
students in bioengineering and related disciplines to conduct research in
signal processing, systems analysis and modeling in biomedical and electrical
engineering.Â The lab is housed in Benedum Engineering Hall and is
directed by Patrick Loughlin, PhD.Â Current research activities include
the analysis and modeling of human postural control; design of vibrotactile
feedback for balance; pulse propagation in dispersive media; and
propagation-invariant classification of underwater sounds, a level walkway,
uneven walkway, ramp, uneven ramp, or stairs. We are also able elicit
perturbations of slips, stumbles, and trips on the uneven walkway. Modeling
software is also available to simulate, validate, and predict whole-body