Technology Spotlight: Materials

Julia Greer, California Institute of Technology

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2015: Nano-Architecture. Julia Greer, Professor of Materials Science and Mechanics at the California Institute of Technology, provides an update on her work in fine-tuning materials’ architecture at the nanoscale. Her groundbreaking work yields nano-scale materials with distinctive patterns—and unusual properties.

Julia Greer, Professor of Materials Science and Mechanics, California Institute of Technology

A key focus in Julia Greer’s research is the development of 3-D nano-architectures and designing experiments to assess their properties and deformation mechanisms. These “nano-metamaterials” have multiple applications, for example, as biomedical devices, battery electrodes, and lightweight structural materials and provide a rich “playground” for fundamental scientific pursuits. Greer received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from MIT and a PhD in materials science and engineering from Stanford University. She has also worked as an integration engineer at Intel Corporation, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).

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