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Material Marvels explores some amazing technology in engineering with Associate Professor, Ainissa Ramirez.

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Material Marvels explores some amazing technology in engineering with Associate Professor, Ainissa Ramirez.

    • video
    Space Shuttle Ceramics

    Space Shuttle Ceramics

    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, demonstrates the heat absorption properties of the space shuttle's ceramic tiles.

    • 2 min
    • video
    Shape Memory Alloys

    Shape Memory Alloys

    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez (@blkgrlphd), talks about shape memory alloys. These "metals with a memory" are used in space, in robots and even in your mouth!

    • 3 min
    • video
    Solar Cells

    Solar Cells

    In this short video, Yale engineer, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, shows how sandwiches of silicon (in solar cells) can create energy from sunlight and help curb our dependence on oil.

    • 3 min
    • video
    Quasicrystals

    Quasicrystals

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to quasicrystals. But what are they? Dr. Ainissa Ramirez guides us into the strange world where atoms arrange themselves in forbidden ways and create materials with weird properties.

    • 2 min
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    Graphene

    Graphene

    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, discusses how a layer of carbon that is one atom thick, called graphene, will revolutionize our lives. Discovered by scientists that won the Nobel prize, graphene can be found in everyday pencils, is incredibly strong and super-conductive and will make blazingly fast computers and video games a reality.

    • 4 min
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    Nanomaterials

    Nanomaterials

    In this segment of Material Marvels, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez demonstrates how materials behave strangely when they are nanosize—about 1/100,000 the thickness of your hair.

    • 3 min

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