Ultra-high temperatures

Acidic conditions

Radiation

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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Islands without structure inside metal alloys could lead to tougher materials for transportation, energy and defense

Islands without structure inside metal alloys could lead to tougher materials for transportation, energy and defense

January 29, 2021

An international team of researchers produced islands of amorphous, non-crystalline material inside a class of new metal alloys known as high-entropy alloys. This discovery opens the door to applications in everything from landing gears, to pipelines, to automobiles. The new materials could make these lighter, safer, and more energy efficient.   Full Story


Ocean acidification is transforming California mussel shells

Ocean acidification is transforming California mussel shells

January 11, 2021

Comparing new data with samples collected in the 1950s, UC San Diego researchers found that ocean acidification is transforming the composition of California mussel shells from mostly the mineral aragonite to the mineral calcite. Full Story