Ultra-high temperatures

Acidic conditions


Ultra-low temperatures

Extreme deformations

Extreme pressures


"At UC San Diego, we have unique expertise to design, control and characterize materials and systems for extreme environment applications like never before. We create entirely new classes of materials and devices with extraordinary tolerances to many real-world environments. Our work benefits industries focused on defense, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, energy, advanced manufacturing and others."


— Olivia A. Graeve, Ph.D.
Director, CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials & Systems


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Recent News

January 16, 2020

Engineering professor Graeve inducted into Mexican Academy of Sciences

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Olivia Graeve has been inducted into the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias (Mexican Academy of Sciences or AMC). The AMC, established in 1959, is a non-profit non-governmental association of distinguished members of the Mexican scientific community. Graeve, a Tijuana native and UC San Diego alumna, is one of only three corresponding members inducted in 2019. Corresponding members are researchers who reside outside of Mexico but have made significant contributions to the development of science in Mexico.  Full Story

January 16, 2019

Feathers: better than Velcro?

You may have seen a kid play with a feather, or you may have played with one yourself: Running a hand along a feather’s barbs and watching as the feather unzips and zips, seeming to miraculously pull itself back together. That “magical” zipping mechanism could provide a model for new adhesives and new aerospace materials, according to engineers at the University of California San Diego. They detail their findings in the Jan. 16 issue of Science Advances in a paper titled “Scaling of bird wings and feathers for efficient flight.” Full Story