Mechanical Engineering


Webinar: It’s a Small World: Using Nanoarchitecture to Create Tough and Resilient Materials

26 May 2022, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

Webinar poster

Explore the world of nanoarchitected materials at this online talk, which is brought to you by the Materials, Structures and Manufacturing Research Group and features guest speaker Lucas R. Meza.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Dr Federico Bosi – UCL Mechanical Engineering

What the webinar will address

Nanomaterials are known to exhibit enhanced mechanical properties relative to their bulk counterparts. The particular impact that nanomaterials have on toughness is, however, not currently well understood.

This talk with Lucas R. Meza, Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington, aims to examine two classes of nanoarchitected materials – Bouligand polymer nanofibers (nano-Bouligand) and gradient spinodal ceramics – to illustrate the powerful role that nanomaterials and structural heterogeneity have in controlling toughness and recoverability.

The talk will be taking place on 26 May from 4–5pm BST via Zoom.

About the Speaker

Lucas R. Meza

Lucas Meza
Lucas Meza is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington whose research investigates new ways of engineering material properties at the micro-and nanoscale. He did his postdoc at the University of Cambridge, where he studied the micromechanical behavior of 3D-woven fiber composites and obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for his work on ultralight, hierarchical metamaterials composed of nanoscale ceramics. His work is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.