AMMPI scientist Dr. Berman working on Chinese violet cress for oil alternative

A common garden plant has been keeping a secret, and some researchers think it could, eventually, replace petroleum for engines. Scientists just announced the discovery of two entirely new fatty acids found in the Chinese violet cress. What's more, these compounds are like nothing researchers have ever seen before.

The research was published today in the journal Nature Plants by scientists from the University of Nebraska, Huazhong Agricultural University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and the University of North Texas .

AMMPI scientist Arup Neogi disproving Rayleigh reciprocity theorem 

“Imagine a room where a conversation is taking place between two people,” said Arup Neogi, a distinguished research professor in the Department of Physics.  “I speak to you and you hear me. You speak to me and I hear you. This will work even if we switch places. That is a basic explanation of Rayleigh’s theory of sound and reciprocity.

AMMPI faculty Dr. Thomas Scharf elected STLE Fellow

Thomas Scharf, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was elected as a Fellow to the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) for his outstanding contributions in the field of tribology. 

Fellow membership recognizes long-term members who have made a significant impact on the field of tribology and lubrication engineering. 

Scharf’s focus was in materials tribology, and particularly, solid lubricants.

AMMPI researcher on nuclear waste disposal method

University of North Texas Department of Materials Science and Engineering professor Jincheng Du is working to develop new glass materials to store nuclear waste and, after experimenting with advanced modeling and characterizations, found that a gel layer that forms on the glass surface, has unique properties. This gel layer holds the key to long-term durability of nuclear waste storage.

AMMPI researchers use first-of-its kind process to develop wear and corrosion resistant alloys

Corrosion and wear are very common – they can happen to any material exposed to an environment. But, what if materials could be tested at the atomic level to determine exactly how and why they break down and then be improved to create ultra-high performance alloys? Researchers at the University of North Texas have done just that – and are designing next generation alloys that could be used in bio-implants or even outer space. Their study was recently published in Scientific Reports.

AMMPI researchers create environmentally friendly, more efficient replacement for lithium ion batteries

DENTON (UNT), Texas — Lithium-ion batteries power some of the most used electronics, including smartphones, laptops, tablets and electric cars. Researchers at the University of North Texas College of Engineering have developed a higher-power, longer-life, environmentally-friendly lithium-sulfur alternative that could replace the lithium-ion battery. Their research has been published in the Nature Nanotechnology journal.

UNT materials faculty visit ARL as part of collaborative partnership

Nearly a dozen professors from the University of North Texas toured the Weapons and Materials Manufacturing Directorate of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) facilities Jan. 18-19.

The visit was part of the special relationship afforded members of ARL South, a cooperative effort based in Austin, Texas, bringing together government, industry and academia.

UNT researchers develop material that could lead to next-generation, ultra-thin electronic devices

 University of North Texas researchers in the College of Engineering’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering have created a uniform, thin, two-dimensional material that could revolutionize materials science. Their research has been published in Nature’s “Scientific Reports” journal.