AMMPI researchers receive $1 million grant to study stress deformation on metal alloys for aerospace military applications

A UNT Engineering research team is working to better understand how metal alloys function at the atomic level with a $1 million grant from the Department of Defense, under the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

The team consists of three experts from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering: Principal investigator professor Srinivasan Srivilliputhur and co-PIs Rajarshi Banerjee, a Presidential and Regents Professor and University Distinguished Research Professor Michael Baskes, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. D’Souza from Chemistry department and AMMPI faculty Awarded CRSI Medal

Dr. Francis D'Souza, University Distinguished Research Professor of Chemistry, recently received the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) Medal. CRSI exists to "recognize, promote and foster talent in Chemistry and Chemical Sciences and to improve the quality of Chemical Education at all levels." The CRSI Medal 2021 is the highest honor bestowed by the Chemical Research Society of India to scientists of Indian origin working elsewhere.

UNT creates 3D-printed ventilator splitters for COVID-19 patients

UNT is using 3D printing technology to make ventilator splitters that will allow doctors to use a single ventilator to treat two patients.

In response to the possible need for more ventilators to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients, a team from UNT Engineering collaborated to adapt a design and manufacture ventilator splitters in the college’s digital manufacturing lab.

AMMPI's Faculty Dr. Scharf on sintering lightweight ceramic composites

Materials Science and Engineering Professor Thomas Scharf and his team are working with the Army Research Lab to develop stronger protection for the military.

Working with ARL’s Protection and Materials and Manufacturing Science Divisions, he and his group at UNT have been sintering novel, lightweight ceramic composites with the goal to create stronger and better body armor. It’s a process where researchers use heat and pressure to form a solid from powder without going so far as to turn it to liquid or vapor.

COVID-19 Disruption Opportunities and Alternatives


Greetings!  Welcome to AMMPI, the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes Institute at the University of North Texas (UNT). 

With the disruption in business caused by the threat of COVID-19, many companies are facing extra logistics and scheduling challenges.  During this unsettled time, AMMPI is prepared to assist industry with assessing and integrating advanced engineering materials and processes.

Professor Zhenhai Xia, AMMPI member, awarded the 2019 IUMRS SOMIYA award

Materials Science and Engineering Professor Zhenhai Xia, along with Professors Liming Dai and Jianfeng Chen from Case Western and Beijing University of Chemical Technology respectively, were awarded the 2019 SOMIYA Award from the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS).

The award was given for the team’s discovery that carbon nanomaterial, an earth-abundant and cost-effective material, could replace noble metal catalysts like platinum in sustainable energy technologies.

New partnership between AMMPI faculty member and institutions in Mexico

A public-private partnership is helping UNT engineering graduate students hone their skills in additive manufacturing, a rapidly developing technology that builds 3D objects through the successive layering of materials.  

The U.S. Department of State and Partners of the Americas recently announced UNT’s College of Engineering as a winner of its latest 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant competition. 

AMMPI faculty member invented a method to clean up toxic spills

While accidents such as the Deepwater Horizon spill that cost BP $65 billion make headlines, billions of dollars also are spent each year to clean up smaller petroleum and industrial spills.

Sheldon Shi, professor of mechanical and energy engineering at UNT, and his graduate student, Changlei Xia, have developed a cost-effective method to rapidly clean up spills and contamination in water and on hard surfaces. By using magnetized activated carbon — or MAC, made from biomass, and a magnetized collection device, the contaminant is quickly adsorbed and then removed with magnets.