“Porous, smart and nano-materials in the context of the energy, health, and construction sectors”
The next presentation in the Texas A&M Energy Institute Lecture Series, featuring Dr. Nikolaos Michailidis, a professor and the director of the Physical Metallurgy Laboratory at the School of Mechanical Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Frederick E. Giesecke Engineering Research Building (GERB) Third Floor Conference Room. The topic will be “Porous, smart and nano-materials in the context of the energy, health, and construction sectors.”
Nikolaos Michailidis is a professor and the director of the Physical Metallurgy Laboratory at the School of Mechanical Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) in Greece. He is currently the president of the Hellenic Metallurgical Society (HMS); chair of the Centre for Research & Development οn Advanced Materials, which is a joint initiative between the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and AUTH; Chair of the Design & Construction Division in the School of Mechanical Engineering at AUTH; and founder of PLiN Nanotechnology SA, an AUTH spin-off. He is a member of various scientific societies and boards and is an associate member of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). His scientific interests are related to porous materials, coatings manufacturing, rapid prototyping, nanoparticles production, as well as fatigue and stress-corrosion cracking of smart materials.
Advanced porous, smart and nano-materials are of interest for various sectors, including energy, health, and construction – offering solutions and satisfying requirements that conventional materials fail to fulfill. The progress in manufacturing allows the use of techniques like additive manufacturing to produce complicated structures and scaffolds from a variety of materials, building hybrid and multifunctional/multipurpose products.
The lecture introduces some of the current activities of the Physical Metallurgy Laboratory and the Centre for Research & Development οn Advanced Materials in the production and characterization of porous, smart and nano-materials that can potentially be applied in the energy, health, and construction sectors. Porous materials with controllable porosity that can absorb mechanical loads and vibrations, act as filters and catalysts, purify water from contaminants, increase heat exchange or replace bones in the human body are to be discussed. Additionally, the use of smart materials like shape memory alloys as self-operated actuators and their performance characterization under realistic conditions are topics to be addressed. The production, characterization, and implementation of nanoparticles in multifunctional coatings, textiles, agrobiotechnology, pet care products, additively manufactured scaffolds, nanofluids and nano-inks are some of the focus areas.