Developing Advanced Hybrid Materials
Dr. Glenn Hibbard, Canada Research Chair in Cellular Hybrid Materials, is using a do-more-with-less approach to create advanced materials for aerospace and transportation industries that are lightweight and ultrastrong, and that leave a smaller ecological footprint.
Hibbard is using conventional metals like nickel and iron to create new and more efficient hybrid materials that offer better performance and are kinder to the environment.
Natural resource limitations and declines in energy availability have led to increased interest in the development of hybrid material. Hybrids combine two or more materials to provide properties that neither material alone would offer. Lightweight cellular hybrids are particularly attractive for reducing energy consumption in the automotive and aerospace sectors.
By focusing on addressing the growing demand for hybrid materials, Hibbard’s research will contribute to the health of the planet, and will strengthen the automotive and aerospace industries.