Nano-metallic materials—such as nanocrystalline polycrystals, nanolaminates, or nano-porous solids—have superior properties compared to their bulk counterparts. Moreover, their behavior may be tailored for specific needs by controlling microstructure and internal morphology. We are designing new nano-metallic materials by engineering local porosity, interface curvature, and grain boundary networks via a design process that integrates theory, modeling, and experiments.
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