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South Dakota scientists are using plants to create materials of the future

Prasad Lab for Materials Research
Prasad Lab researchers present at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The attached interview above is from SDPB's daily public-affairs show, In the Moment.

Assistant professor Anamika Prasad is the first SDSU Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty member to receive the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award.

Anamika Prasad, SDSU Assistant Professor, has received the National Science Foundation CAREER award. The five-year, $531,740 grant supports science research using plants as an inspiration for designing and developing flexible composite materials.

Prasad’s lab applies engineering tools to study a range of materials from plants and bones to metallic alloys and emerging material systems.

Prasad and two graduate students will analyze sunflowers and soybeans to gain a better understanding about the different types of materials in the plant cell walls and how those materials interact to provide desirable properties through different growth stages.

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