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Influence of Gravity on Electrokinetic and Electrochemical Colloidal Self-Assembly for Future Materials

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University of Louisville/Western Kentucky University/NASA Glenn Research Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Human Exploration & Operations and Space Technology Mission Directorates

Early in this project, Kentucky researchers creating microfluidic experiments for the International Space Station received an opportunity to send experiments to space. The team from the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University quickly prepared experimental samples that were delivered to NASA Glenn Research Center. Those samples now await a ride to orbit on an ISS re-supply mission later this year and will provide initial results to guide associated research tasks for control experiments on the ground in labs at UofL and WKU. This project is designed to investigate the fundamental physics of colloids – liquids like milk that contain suspended particles – by isolating them from the force of gravity on Earth. Understanding how

to precisely control colloids will result in the development of materials with enhanced energy, thermal, optical, chemical, and mechanical properties. New equipment acquired for this research complements existing infrastructure at the U of L Micro/Nano Technology Center, providing specialized multidisciplinary laboratory tools for Kentucky researchers and regional industrial partners who can also benefit from this research aligned with the Kentucky Science & Innovation Strategy. With partners including a space industry startup and a multinational corporation interested in their work, this research team is positioned to take advantage of the unique opportunity to conduct experiments in the microgravity environment onboard the ISS National Laboratory.

Dr. William V. Meyer, NASA Technical Monitor, Glenn Research Center

Researchers at the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University are developing specialized fluid experiments for the International Space Station. Research of colloids onboard ISS offers the potential for development of more efficient solar-electric propulsion and lighter, stronger aerospace materials. Dr. Stuart Joseph Williams, Science PI, University of Louisville and PhD candidate Vanessa Velasco in photo above. www.nasa.gov/epscor/stimuli

NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15

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EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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