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Magnetic Shape Memory: Terminator 2 – Magnetomechanics – Microfluidics

Event Type
Mechanical Science and Engineering
190 Engineering Sciences Bldg.
Mar 28, 2017   3:00 - 4:00 pm  
Professor Peter Mullner, Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering, Boise State University
Holly Foster
Originating Calendar
MechSE Seminars


You may have seen something like magnetic shape memory (MSM) alloys at the movies. In Terminator 2, a “liquid metal” robot faces off against a more traditionally engineered robot. Although not humanoid, MSM alloy uses the same basic principle: it shape-shifts. Apply a magnetic field, and the material responds with a shape change. Remove the field, and the new shape remains. Apply a different magnetic field and the material re-forms into a new shape. Do this quickly and with purpose and you have a small motor, a micro-pump, or another small device. Invert the concept and you have a power generator or sensor. With such a behavior, MSM alloys could completely alter how we manufacture actuation and sensing devices. Products can be smaller, lighter and quieter since they have no moving parts to wear out. MSM alloys are a new engineering paradigm which requires new engineering approaches to technical solutions. This presentation will (i) introduce the scientific principles including magnetic anisotropy, deformation mechanisms, and magnetomechanics, (ii) outline design principles for MSM devices, and (iii) demonstrate MSM technology at the example of a micropump for drug delivery.

About the Speaker

(a) Professional Preparation

ETH Zürich, Swiss Fed. Inst. of Tech., Zürich, Mater. Eng., Diploma (M.S.), 1991

ETH Zürich, Swiss Fed. Inst. of Tech., Zürich, Mater. Eng., Dr. sc. techn. (Ph.D.), 1994

(b) Appointments

2015-pres.             Founder and President, Shaw Mountain Technology LLC, Boise, ID

2013-6/2016         Chair, Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, ID

2012                         Visiting Professor, Physics, University of Vienna, Austria

2012-pres.             Distinguished Professor, Boise State University, Boise, ID

2011-pres.             Foundational Studies Program Faculty, Boise State University, Boise, ID

2009-pres.             Professor, Mater. Sci. & Eng., Boise State University, Boise, ID

2006-2011              Director, Boise State Center for Mater. Characterization, Boise State University, Boise, ID

2004-2009              Associate Professor, Mater. Sci. & Eng., Boise State University, Boise, ID

1998-2004           Senior Researcher, ETH Zürich, Institute of Applied Physics, Zürich, Switzerland    

1996-1998           Research Associate, Max Planck Institute of Metals, Stuttgart, Germany 

1995                      Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL


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