Autonomous Materials Systems Group

Autonomous Materials Systems Group

A new model for materials systems

The Autonomous Materials Systems Group creates unprecedented functions through a unique combination of bioinspired design, novel manufacture, and multiscale analysis.

Microcapsules in a polymer
A polymer sample fabricated via frontal polymerization shows a rainbow of colors in concentric rings
The Autonomous Materials Systems Group combines chemistry, materials science, mechanics, and computational science. Biological systems inspire the group’s work. Members then synthesize a limited palate of material ingredients to create new multiscale, hierarchical material architectures that combine chemical, electrical, mechanical processes and signals.
A polarized optical microscopy image of a nanothin film, which looks like neon purple lines against a darker purple backround
Including interdisciplinary viewpoints is essential to the group’s work. They’re developing autonomous materials systems with the ability to perform multiple functions through careful combinations of structural properties and additional functional capabilities. They deliver truly dramatic improvements in system-level efficiency. The group is uniquely configured to stimulate communication, increase knowledge, and bridge gaps across disciplines related to this emerging design philosophy.
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Group leader

  • Nancy R. Sottos

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    Beckman AMS researchers help develop self-healing materials for testing on the International Space Station

    In all, 27 samples were fixed to three plates, each being one inch square. Picture shows the top and bottom view of all three plates: the zenith, ram, and wake. Each plate has numbers from one to nine engraved on its bottom surface.
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    Flyby trajectories free chemical reactions from energy barriers

    Jeffrey Moore and Yun Liu stand side by side in front of Beckman Institute.
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    Geubelle named 2021-2022 PELP Fellow

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    Solid-state batteries line up for better performance

    Researchers Beniamin Zahiri and Paul Braun pose side-by-side, showcasing their new design.
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    Diao receives named scholar position alongside LAS faculty

    As seen from the Main Quad, Foellinger Auditorium appears stately and grand amid the autumn trees.