NASA NSTRF Graduate Research Fellows

Katherine Acord (2018), whose research adviser is chemical engineering and materials science professor Julie M. Schoenung, will employ a 3D printing system, conventionally used to process metals, to enhance the performance of these solid electrolytes. She plans to develop a computer simulation tool that predicts and optimizes the internal structure of these 3D-printed electrolytes to enhance their performance by increasing ionic conductivity – the movement of electrically charged atoms through the solid electrolyte.