Polymer science students at The
Otaigbe's research group in the
"This project intersects with the nation's current interest in developing micro- and nano-length scale materials and processing technologies, and will provide useful training for our graduate students and a number of research experiences for undergraduate students," Otaigbe said.
The objective of the GOALI program is to synergize university-industry partnerships by making funds available to support an eclectic mix of industry-university linkages. The program enhances the ability of faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students to conduct research and gain experience with production processes in an industrial setting. It also brings industrial scientists and engineers to the University and forms academic-industry teams to conduct long-term projects.
Hybrid Plastics' complementary expertise and research resources will be leveraged to develop optically transparent glass-matrix nanocomposites, wherein special molecular silica is chemically incorporated into ultra-low melting phosphate glass with enhanced benefits. Those benefits will include optical clarity and improved strength and crashworthiness for special security uses, as well as self-healing of glass via low-temperature annealing.
The project will also make a significant impact on economic development in
"I believe it (project) plays into the real strengths of the school, which include initiatives such as this that are applied and relevant. It doesn't get lost in theory," he said. "The students can get first-hand experience about what it takes to actually create a product that works versus being motivated by pure scientific discovery."
Last year, Otaigbe earned a distinguished Tocqueville-Fulbright Distinguished Chair and Professorship at the
"Our university, school and its students benefit significantly through the hard work and dedication of Professor Otaigbe as a global leader in his field of research," said. Dr.
For more information about Otaigbe and the
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