Benjamin Lazarus (3283)

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Sustainable Hierarchically Structured Thermal Insulator 

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Virginia

Department: Applied Science

Advisor: Hannes Schniepp


Many marine microorganisms exhibit complex silica skeletal configurations that have hierarchical structures (geometries at multiple length scales from nano- to macro-). These structures have the potential to create incredible thermal insulators. The goal of this project is to create a material from a naturally occurring, sustainable source that can be used commercially to prevent energy waste and improve thermal efficiency


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