The Economist speaks with Professor Lastoskie on materials science and Life Cycle Assessment

Professor Christian Lastoskie was recently quoted by The Economist in an article in Technology Quarterly titled, “New Materials for Manufacturing.”

“Some firms use a process called life-cycle assessment (LCA) to work out environmental impacts. ‘The idea is to evaluate, cradle to grave, a product or service,’” Lastoskie told the Economist. “LCA used to be carried out when a product had been on the market for a while and plenty of data were available. Now it can be done in advance with computer modelling. That means making and testing a number of assumptions about a new material or process, but the analysis can be a useful guide to possible environmental concerns and help a company with its selection of materials, Lastoskie explains.”

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Lastoskie Lab Members Travel to Liberia


Lab Members Margaret Reuter and Sahithya Reddivari  recently traveled to Liberia with the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (SWE), along with 5 undergraduate SWE members, to host a two week engineering leadership camp with the Liberian Society of Women Engineers (L-SWE). L-SWE, founded by students in 2013, is the first international SWE chapter founded in Africa. The leadership camp, held at the Peace Corp Training Facility in Kakata, contained leadership workshops, practical engineering activities, professional development activities, and social events. In total 40 students attended from 4 different universities, and several guest speakers and visitors came throughout the week to support and encourage the participants.

You can read more about their trip on the Rackham Graduate School Blog or by going to the Grad-SWE blog.

Lastoskie Laboratory Awarded XSEDE Research Allocation

The Lastoskie Laboratory was recently awarded more that 900,000 service units and 500 GB of storage space on XSEDE’s high performance computing resources to complete work on a project entitled “Investigating electrode-electrolyte interface layers in Li-ion batteries using ReaxFF based molecular dynamics”.

The allocation of high-end computational resources, visualization, and storage by the XSEDE Resource Allocations Committee is done via a competitive process, designed in a similar fashion to the NSF peer review system.

The value of these resources is estimated to be more than $77,000 and represents a significant investment by the NSF in advance computing infrastructure for the U.S. open science research.


Professor Lastoskie receives grant for joint project with Chinese university

Five teams from U-M and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China are sharing $1 million in awards for research projects in the sixth round of funding of an ongoing collaboration between the two universities.

The winning projects in the latest round of annual grants through the U-M/SJTU Collaborative Research Programs for Energy and Biomedical Technology were focused on nanotechnology and data science.

Associate Professor Christian Lastoskie and Professor Junliang Zhang of SJTU are the principal investigators for one of the winning projects. Their project is titled, “Mesoporous Carbon-Based Polyanionic Nanocomposite Cathodes for Lithium Ion Batteries.”

Their goal is to develop novel and superior electrode materials for lithium ion batteries.

To learn more, See the article in the Umich-CEE Newsletter or the article in the U-M record.