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Cutting-edge Powder Metallurgy Research and Innovation


The powder metallurgy research group seeks to advance the fundamental understanding and technology of advanced metallic inorganic materials based on powders or manufactured from powders.







Tungsten & Tungsten carbide

Researching tungsten carbide, synthetic diamond, tungsten, and other super hard materials and refractory metals.

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This is a field of great interest to military, state, and business entities, because of the unique qualities of titanium metal.

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Metal Hydrides

A major focus of our group. The research aims to develop metal hydrides for hydrogen storage and thermal energy storage applications.

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The powder metallurgy research laboratory in the University of Utah specializes on advanced materials manufactured from or comprised of metal or ceramic powders. As a general underlying theme of our research, we recognize that energy needs represent one of the greatest obstacles to the sustainable progress of mankind. We thus deliberately develop projects and expertise that contribute to technological and industrial advancement in the areas of energy related materials, including materials for energy efficiency, energy storage and production, addressing the challenges of energy and environmental issues from a metallurgical engineering and materials perspective.


In December 2017, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) elected Zhigang Zak Fang as a 2017 fellow. Fang, a professor of metallurgical engineering in the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, was an obvious choice; he has over 50 issued patents, several more pending and multiple new projects in the works. Fang embodies the spirit of NAI, an organization that honors academics who have facilitated exceptional inventions that impact society. He joins 12 other U faculty with NAI fellowships.


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Last Updated: 5/11/18