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Dzenis part of $7.5M Army grant to develop fibers for stronger defense materials


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Yuris Dzenis, R. Vernon McBroom Professor of Engineering Mechanics at UNL, is on a research team that will receive $7.5 million from the U.S. Army Research Office to create stronger, tougher fibers for improved defense materials such as flexible armor.

The grant was part of $260 million recently awarded by the Department of Defense for the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program, which focuses on intersections of more than one traditional science and engineering discipline to accelerate both research progress and transition of research results to application.

Horacio Espinosa, an engineering professor at Northwestern University, leads the team that includes researchers from MIT and the MER Corporation. Espinosa said the work will explore a combination of materials, chemistry, modeling, and experimentation to design these fibers at the nanometer scale and upward.

Dzenis’ research specializes in advanced nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing.

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