Liebermann and Graham

Howard Liebermann and Charles Graham, MSE, developed a new method of manufacturing thin ribbons of amorphous metal on a supercooled fast-spinning wheel.[4] This was an alloy of iron, nickel, phosphorus and boron. The material, known as Metglas, was commercialized in the early 1980s and is used for low-loss power distribution transformers (Amorphous metal transformer). Metglas-2605 is composed of 80% iron and 20% boron, has Curie temperature of 373 °C and a room temperature saturation magnetization of 1.56 teslas.[5]


Melt spinning


The Department of Metallurgy became Materials Science and Engineering.

Seminal Work on Conducting Polymers


Seminal work by Alan Heeger, Physics,  and Alan MacDiarmid, Chemistry, on conducting polymers: polyacetylene, polyaniline, etc..


conductivity polymers


DOD logoCall for proposals for Materials Research Laboratories.

Profs. Burstein, Physics, Maddin, Metallurgy, Hughes, Chemistry, Hixson, Engineering, chair, win grant; one of only 3 awarded (others to Cornell and Northwestern) and the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, LRSM, for interdisciplinary materials research was established.

Sputnik launched

SputnikUSSR launches Sputnik, first vehicle in space. USA lags in Space research requiring advances in materials.