David L. Poerschke

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
College of Science and Engineering
Twin Cities

Award Year
University Award
McKnight Land-Grant Professorship
Research Title
Accelerated Design of New Materials to Survive Extreme Environments

No Monument Location

Meeting society’s energy and environmental challenges requires resilient new materials that possess the right combination of mechanical and functional properties, and the capability to survive high temperatures and stresses without melting, fracturing, or deteriorating. Dr. Poerschke’s group synthesizes new materials, measures their properties, and tests them in extreme environments. By coupling these experiments with analytical and computational models to understand why materials fail, we accelerate the discovery of durable new metal alloys, ceramics, and composites.