Admitted Females Event

Today, we showed some admitted female students how awesome Pitt and materials science are. These students have been admitted to Pitt engineering but haven't committed to a school yet, and also haven't chosen their major yet. We showed them around the ANSYS Additive Manufacturing Lab, and demonstrated the amazing shape-changing…

ASM Young Members Night

On February 15th, Chmielus Lab members participated in the Pittsburgh ASM Young Members night. Current and former members both attended and helped with the planning. Posters:  Amir Mostafaei Jakub Toman Erica Stevens (3rd place - grad) Pierangeli Rodriguez (2nd place - undergrad) Rafael Rodriguez (3rd place - undergrad) Planning: Samantha…

Elementary Engineering Extravaganza

Elementary Engineering Extravaganza is an annual outreach event for elementary school students, hosted by Pitt SWE. Approximately 100 kids and their parents participated in engineering activities and watched science demos on the morning of November 11, 2017. The Chmielus Lab and our friends from the Jacobs Lab participated by hosting…

Chmielus Lab in the News: “Printing a Better Actuator, Actually”

"One technology uses magnetic fields to generate mechanical work. The other enhances the magnetic properties of 3D-printed materials. Combined, they could lead to efficient, economical production of magnetic actuators used in everything from sensors, robotics, and mechanical devices to power generation. An award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) has researchers at…

MS&T17 in Pittsburgh!

The Materials Science and Technology Conference for 2017 was held in Pittsburgh during October 8-12. From the Chmielus group, we had: Dr. Markus Chmielus gave an invited talk in the Additive Manufacturing of Functional Materials symposium, and also co-chaired the same symposium. Jakub Toman gave a talk on epitaxial growth…

ICOMAT 2017

We're back from ICOMAT 2017 in Chicago! ICOMAT - International Conference on Martensitic Transformations Below are some of the highlights of our trip!   Monday: Erica gave a talk describing recent progress with laser-deposited magnetocaloric Ni-Mn-Co-Sn. Amir and Katerina presented posters on binder jet printing of magnetocaloric and magnetic shape…

Making Metals

Another bit of fun we've been having is casting metals. We vacuum and backfill to the right pressures: And we melt things! We place significant value on safety, and use all of the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep us safe!

Martensite!

It's hard to find people who share a certain familiarity with and fondness for a specific crystalline phase of a material. But one phase that has almost a cult following is martensite! Martensite is characterized by a martensitic transformation - a transformation that is diffusionless. In most phase transformations, the…