Materials researchers at Case Western Reserve explore piezoelectric energetic materials

Materials science research

Alp Sehirlioglu, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers that has been awarded a $7.5-million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to study piezoelectric energetic materials as a part of Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI).

Led by researchers at Purdue University, the team will simulate, fabricate and experiment with how piezoelectric properties influence reactions.

Sehirlioglu, who leads the Electro-ceramics Group at Case Western Reserve, will be focusing specifically on ceramic piezoelectric components. He will work on developing and characterizing these components, aiming to create new compositions to provide better piezoelectric properties like operation temperature, temperature stability and charge output.

Read more about the project.