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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.

AMMPI to collaborate with KITECH to build 3D printed zinc-ion rechargeable batteries

Researchers at UNT’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes Institute (AMMPI) are collaborating with their counterparts at the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) to build 3D printed zinc-ion rechargeable batteries, the first project as part of what they expect will be a productive, ongoing relationship.

AMMPI faculty, Dr. Jincheng Du, Fulbright US Scholar awardee will study nature of phase separations in glass materials

Department of Materials Science and Engineering Professor Jincheng Du recently received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to research the nature of phase separations in glass materials and their biomedical applications.

Du, an expert on glass and amorphous materials, will focus particularly on two research areas under the Fulbright Scholar Award: microscale phase separation in glasses and inorganic glasses for biomedical applications.

Additive Manufacturing Laboratory opens doors to the future

The Fourth Industrial Revolution – the fusion of manufacturing design, process and production into one comprehensive whole – has spurred new technology for additive manufacturing, a process that builds 3D objects through the successive layering of metals, ceramic and metal-ceramic alloys. And the University of North Texas’s new state-of-art Additive Manufacturing Laboratory located within the university’s centralized Materials Research Facility, which opened its doors to the public Wednesday, Nov.

AMMPI faculty Dr. D'Souza receives American Chemical Society's 2018 Doherty Award

Dr. Francis D'souza, distinguished research professor of the Chemistry Department at the University of North Texas (College of Science) and AMMPI's faculty, has received the 2018 Doherty Award from the American Chemical Society. This prestigious honor is given for excellence in chemical research or chemistry teaching, meritorious service to ACS, establishment of a new chemical industry, solution of pollution problems, and/or advances in curative or preventative chemotherapy.