We revolutionize the design, testing and manufacturing of materials and systems for extreme environments.


Ultra-High Temperatures Acidic Conditions
Radiation Ultra-Low Temperatures
Extreme Deformations Extreme Pressures

A wide range of industries, including aerospace, nuclear, defense, biomedical, pharmaceuticals, energy and advanced manufacturing work in entreme environments. Innovation in these areas often re-quires new classes of materials and new devices with extraordinary tolerances, such as materials that can withstand temperatures of up to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit before melting. And sometimes "extreme" means “extremely small.” Center researchers, for example, are develop-ing new ways to handle liquids at the micro- and nano-scale. This work has applications for biomedical devices such as skin-based sensors, as well as water desalinization and other environmental applications.


Creating 21st Century Technologists


“Developing tomorrow’s high-tech, cross-border workforce is crit-ical to the growth of the San Diego-Tijuana region,” said mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Olivia Graeve, the director of this new Center. Graeve and her colleagues at UC San Diego are collabo-rating with the UNAM Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CNyN-UNAM) in Baja California to develop 21st Century technologists with the talent and cultural fluency needed to forge global collabo-rations that leverage the CaliBaja border region’s industrial strengths.

Cycling of experimental batteries

Non-oxide ceramic nanomaterial for aerospace applications

  • MATERIALS DESIGN
    AND COMPUTATION

  • MANUFACTURING
    AND INTEGRATION

  • CHARACTERIZATION
    AND DIAGNOSIS

  • SYNTHESIS AND
    FABRICATION

  • ECONOMIC
    AND ECONOMIC

  • TALENT
    DEVELOPMENT

  • CENTER DIRECTOR

    • Olivia Graeve
    • Professor
    • Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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