Space Station tests graphene polymers and nano-reinforced materials manufactured at University of Mississippi.
New nano-reinforced materials created at the University of Mississippi left the Earth Saturday morning (Nov. 2) on a journey to the International Space Station.
The innovative research materials were part of a payload that blasted off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The materials will spend a year orbiting the globe attached to the outside of the International Space Station, where they will be tested for their effectiveness to improve future spaceflight.
The two materials are a graphene-enhanced polymer and a nanostructured hybrid polymer. Graphene is a 2D form of carbon discovered in 2004 that has shown versatility and the potential to stimulate technological advancement in many industries.
“This unique opportunity will enable us to evaluate the effectiveness of a new class of materials designed and manufactured at the Center for Graphene Research and Innovation on the UM campus,” said Ahmed Al-Ostaz, the center’s director and the university’s Brevard Family Chair in Civil Engineering. Al-Ostaz serves as the project’s co-principal investigator along with civil engineering professor Alexander Cheng.
“Mississippi is leading the way in graphene research, which has the potential to benefit nearly every major sector of our economy,” said U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, who is a strong advocate for graphene research at Ole Miss. “This experiment will yield valuable insights into the utility of this material and is a testament to the caliber of work being done by the talented scientists at the University of Mississippi’s Center for Graphene Research and Innovation.” Read full article here.
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