South Dakota scientists are using plants to create materials of the future
The attached interview above is from SDPB's daily public-affairs show, In the Moment.
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.