Next in the evolutionary line of material
First, iron provided the material backbone of a rapidly industrialized 19th-century world, followed by titanium's place in a more lightweight, mobile late 20th century. The next material in this evolutionary line might very well be in Chemical and Materials Engineering Professor Qizhen Li's lab.
Li works with magnesium-based nanoporous materials, which are seen as keys to future safe energy storage, biomedical joint replacement and even auto body parts.
Li's work has been recognized by the National Science Foundation's Early Career Development Program Award, given to rising faculty whose work demonstrates high-quality research and education activity.
Find out how Dr. Li was named the Nevada System of Higher Education's "Rising Researcher": http://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2012/regents-winners