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Research Labs and Centers

Advanced Manufacturing

MABE Research GroupsManufacturing-related research is a major national focus that seeks to make the USA globally competitive in product manufacturing. Primary ways to achieve these goals are new technologies and higher degrees of automation. Under the leadership of Governor’s Chair and Professor Suresh Babu, MABE seeks to become a leader in advanced manufacturing. Research activities are presently focused on additive manufacturing (3D printing), traditional subtractive manufacturing, material characterization, and intelligent closed loop control of basic manufacturing processes. New methods and tools to minimize production wastes, energy consumption, and environmental impact are being studied.

Robotics and Automation

MABE has a long track record in various aspects robotics and automation from remote operations in hazardous environments to brick manufacturing automation. Telerobotic systems that merge teleoperations and robotic operations have been studied for nuclear, space, and undersea application domains. Recent work has focused on  human interactions and cognition concepts that enhance performance. Research in biorobotics is also signficant, including a unique robotic fluoroscope that allows the skeletal joints of human subjects to be studied in vivo during normal walking and maneuvers. Lab: Robotics, Engineering, Applied Continuum Mechanics, and Healthcare (REACH) Laboratory, DO 305

Heart Valve Mechanobiology

ferdousstudent1The heart valve mechanobiology research group focuses on the study of mechanisms and the causes of cardiovascular diseases, particularly pathologies of heart valves. Heart valve disease affects 25 percent of the population aged sixty-five and above. Currently, the treatment option for valve disease is mainly end-stage valve replacement or repair surgeries. Therefore, the long-term goal of the heart valve mechanobiology research group is not only to improve our understanding of valve biology and pathology, but also to identify biomarkers for early detection or treatment of valve diseases. Visit the Heart Valve Mechanobiology website. Lab: SNT 105

Advanced Laser Diagnostics Laboratory

Combustion and Laser DiagnosticsResearch is focused on developing new insights on aerospace science for propulsion, alternative energy, and more. One specific strength is developing and utilizing novel optical and laser diagnostic techniques of Radar REMPI and PLIF etc., to quantify key rate-controlling reactions in aeropropulsion. We have quantitatively measure methyl radicals and other minor species in the atmospheric flames. Another focus area is novel nanoenergetics materials. We have discovered active photothermal effects of various nanoenergetics materials. Flash light activated motion and ignitions of “dry” and “wet” nanoenergetics have been investigated both experimentally and computationally. Visit the Combustion and Laser Diagnostics website. Lab: DO M002

Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion

Electrochemical Energy Storage and ConversionEESCL is internationally recognized as a leading laboratory for the study of electrochemical power conversion and storage systems. The mission of the laboratory is to develop experimental diagnostics and modeling tools to help fundamentally characterize and optimize electrochemical power storage and conversion systems. Major thrust areas for the lab include polymer electrolyte fuel cells and flow battery systems with some additional work on microbial energy systems and electrochemical sensors. Research sponsorship has come from a wide variety of sources, including dozens of industrial and government sources. Our lab alumni now work as professors, in national labs, and industry. Visit the Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion Laboratory website. Lab: DO M003

Nano-Biomaterials Laboratory for Energy, Energetics and Environment

The Nano-Biomaterials Laboratory for Energy, Energetics and Environment (nbml-E3) seeks to carry out experimental and theoretical investigations into the synthesis, assembly and structure-property characterizations of advanced nano/biomaterials. In doing so, the research group investigates the rational design and manufacturing of engineered nanomaterials, and their systematic integration/interactions with functional biomolecules and proteins. The fundamental goal of the nbml-E3 research group is to understand and develop bio-inspired and bio-mimetic systems that find applications in sustainable energy, energetics and environmental studies. Visit the Nano-Biomaterials Laboratory for Energy, Energetics and Environment website. Lab: SNT 104


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