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At the Louisiana Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing, students work with a dual beam-focused ion beam system.

At the Louisiana Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing, students work with a dual beam-focused ion beam system used for micro/nanoscale materials characterization and structure fabrication. Pictured left to right, Yang Mu and Jordan Frick of Louisiana State University and Everest Ejigiri of Southern University. [See related image Here.]

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A consortium of researchers has been awarded a Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 award from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) (grant OIA 15-41079). The award will establish the Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials (CIMM), a research collaboration among five of Louisiana’s state universities: Louisiana State University (LSU), Louisiana Tech University, Grambling State University, Southern University in Baton Rouge and the University of New Orleans.

"This NSF EPSCoR award recognizes the work we have conducted in various aspects of advanced manufacturing over the past decade and offers an opportunity for us to further elevate advanced manufacturing research and development in Louisiana to national and international levels," said Dr. Wen Jin Meng, LSU technical lead and Williams Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

The CIMM consortium will research how to use nature’s building blocks to manufacture high-technology products like 3-D-printed aerospace parts made out of exotic metals and tiny components for microdevices. Louisiana researchers and computational scientists will investigate the fundamental science behind manufacturing materials with components that you can see with the naked eye (10-3 meter/millimeters) and those you can’t see, ranging down to the nanoscale of one billionth of a meter (10-9 meter/nanometers).

In addition to the multiple visual scales, researchers will develop manufacturing processes that utilize multiple time scales ranging from seconds down to one billionth of a second (10-9 second/nanoseconds).

Studying the fundamental science of each step of the manufacturing processes at the atomic scale will help researchers understand what is happening during melting, solidification, heat conduction, microstructure formation, etc.

To learn more about this research, see the Lehigh news story Advanced manufacturing and materials takes center stage in Louisiana. (Date image taken: 2015; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Jan. 9, 2018)

Credit: Eddy Perez, Louisiana State University Strategic Communications

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