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Materials Research Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Final rept. 1 Nov 1991-28 Feb 1994

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The research and related activities at the Materials Research Center MRC of the University of Pittsburgh under AFOSR Grant 91-0441 are summarized. The research program has progressed in four technical areas. Nine projects under the heading of High-Performance Materials are discussed and include degradation of intermetallics and composites at elevated temperatures, deformation behavior of alloys during processing and service, and development of polymers with improved mechanical properties through microstructure control. Thirteen projects have involved Electro-optics. The development of new organic optoelectronic materials employing the design and synthesis of molecules, polymers, and molecular clusters is described and the tailoring of materials in specific device structures, such as IR detectors, light emitters, or filters is discussed. Five projects involve investigations related to Biotechnology where bioactive proteins as smart materials, viral proteins as templates for bioactive materials, and molecular recognition elements have been studied. In the Catalysis technical area, the results from studies on decomposition of nerve gases, and catalysts related to alternate fuels are presented. Educational aspects of the Center are also summarized. New equipment capabilities are reviewed, as well as internal and external collaborations of the MRC. Finally, the future plans for the MRC are addressed. High performance materials, Optoelectronics, Biotechnology, Catalysis, Diamond quantum well structures, Thin film ferroelectrics, Nonlinear optical materials, Biosensors, Molecular recognition, Neurochemical compounds, Smart materials.

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  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices
  • Ceramics, Refractories and Glass
  • Laminates and Composite Materials
  • Metallurgy and Metallography
  • Optics

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