UC Science Today
About This Show
UC Science Today is a daily radio feature produced by the University of California and distributed on CBS Radio News and iTunes. From breakthroughs in medicine, agriculture and the environment to insights into the world around us, Science Today covers it all.
Most Recent Episode
The many applications of nanostructured metals
1 day ago
Nanocrystalline metals and alloys have been the subject of considerable research in recent years because of advances in computational materials science and the fact it’s properties can create lighter and stronger metals for automobiles. Materials scientist and mechanical engineer Suveen Mathaudhu of the University of California, Riverside, says nanocrystalline metals can be used beyond automotive and transportation applications.
"Nanocrystalline metals can be used for a variety of different applications, including things like biomedical implants. If we can make things like stents and facial implants out of lightweight materials like magnesium, the magnesium will also dissolve in the body over time and the implant may not have to be removed."
It can also be used for electrical conduction.
"To be able to design wires and cables that can conduct energy in more efficient ways. There’s quite a variety of things that can be done using nanostructured metals and alloys that will open up once these materials are mature enough."