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Material Marvels

Material Marvels
Material Marvels is a collection of video podcasts covering an assortment of fascinating materials. Dr. Ainissa G. Ramirez, self-proclaimed science evangelist and associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Yale University, is the dynamic host of the series.
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  • Graphene

    9-12  |  Video
    Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, associate professor of mechanical engineering & materials science at Yale, discusses how a layer of carbon that is one atom thick, called graphene, will revolutionize our lives in this episode of Material Marvels.
  • Quasicrystals

    9-12  |  Video
    The 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to quasicrystals. But what are they? Dr. Ainissa Ramirez guides us into this strange world where atoms arrange themselves in forbidden ways and create materials with weird properties.
  • Space Shuttle Ceramics

    9-12  |  Video
    Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, associate professor of mechanical engineering & materials science at Yale, demonstrates the heat absorption properties of the space shuttle's ceramic tiles.
  • Shape Memory Alloys

    9-12  |  Video
    Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, associate professor of mechanical engineering & materials science at Yale, talks about shape memory alloys. These "metals with a memory" are used in space, in robots, and even in your mouth!
  • Nanomaterials

    9-12  |  Video
    In this segment of Material Marvels, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez demonstrates how materials behave strangely when they are nanosize—about 1/100,000 the thickness of your hair.
  • Thermoelectrics

    9-12  |  Video
    In this segment of Material Marvels, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez describes how simple devices like cell phones can be powered by heat using thermoelectric materials, which convert heat to electricity.
  • Solar Cells

    9-12  |  Video
    In this short video, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, a Yale engineer, shows how sandwiches of silicon (in solar cells) can create energy from sunlight and help curb our dependence on oil.

Other Resources

Ainissa G. Ramirez

Ainissa Ramirez
TED Profile

A Sputnik Moment for STEM Education: Ainissa Ramirez at TED2012
A blog post about Ainissa's TED Talk


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