Bernard Budiansky, professor emeritus of engineering at Harvard University, has won the ASME Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. ASME, based in Washington, DC, established the medal in 1920 for "eminently distinguished engineering achievement." Budiansky's many accomplishments include a leading role in founding micromechanics, a relatively new branch of solid mechanics. Micromechanics examines the way microstructural features of materials affect the overall mechanical deformation and strength of solid bodies. Budiansky's early work in the field continues to assist physicists, material scientists, and design engineers.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
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