Materials for the Future

Composite materials conventionally represent a leading structural material solution with high specific strength and stiffness as well as offering remarkable toughness. However, composite materials have the exciting prospect of additional functionality by combining disparate materials that can provide distinct characteristics that perhaps even respond together synergistically.

The multifunctional composites cluster at Northeastern University investigates routes to manufacture these materials systems, to model and characterize their structure/property relationships, and to apply lessons learned to exaggerate multifunctionality to realize new applications. We are interested in creating and understanding composite micro- and nano-structures that produce combinations of extreme strength, thermal conductivity, optical responses, self-healing capabilities, energy storage, and electromagnetic behavior.


illustration of how material composites change through process