What if we could design materials that integrate powerful concepts of living organisms – self-organization, the ability to self-heal, tunability, and an amazing flexibility to create astounding material properties from abundant and inexpensive raw materials? Watch as MIT Professor Markus Buehler discusses a review of bottom-up analysis and design of materials for various purposes – as structural materials such as bone in our body or for lightweight composites.
Markus J. Buehler is the McAfee Professor of Engineering at MIT, Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, and directs MIT’s Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics (LAMM). Since 2019, he services as the President of the Society of Engineering Science. Buehler’s research focuses on how protein materials define our bodies, and how they can fail catastrophically due to fracture or disease. His work has shown how biological materials achieve extraordinary mechanical properties through a multiscale hierarchy, rather than through the diversity of the underlying building blocks, and has designed lighter, stronger and more durable materials.
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