Ceramic Biotemplating with Plant Roots

Faculty Name:
Steven Naleway

Department:
Mechanical Engineering

Faculty College:
Engineering

Email:
steven.naleway@mech.utah.edu


Project Description:

I am looking to make porous ceramic materials that are templated by growing plant roots. These porous materials will then be tested for their potential in applications such as lightweight aerospace composites, biomedical materials, and desalination filters.



Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis; Earn independent study credit


Student Role:

Students involved in this project will work on material fabrication and testing including growing of grass, moss, and other plants.


Student Benefits:

Students will gain valuable research experience, be able to apply for UROPs , be included on relevant publications, and potentially be considered for graduate positions.


Project Duration:

Students will need to work at least 10 hours/week and, if possible, work through the summer.


Minimum Requirements:

N/A