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Materials science application in space, typically involve researchers studying processes such as the formation of various alloys, ceramics, and other materials abscent the influence of Earth’s gravity, as well as the effect of heat transfer and mass on that development. It also involves investigations into how chemicals develop and how biomaterials & lifeforms such as bacteria develop and how their assembly is effected by their environment.

The process of discovery to essentially reverse engineering nature in order to make stronger spacesuits, lighter materials for launch into space, and mechanisms that mimic functional capabilities we find in nature, also can be transferred to medical applications such as dental implants, new bone cements, artificial tissues, vascular grafts or heart valves for transplantation.

Yoseph Bar Cohen

(818) 354-2610

Yoseph.Bar-Cohen@jpl.nasa.gov