(Armed With Science, 8/24/17)
Led by Dr. Benji Maruyama and comprised of a cadre of scientists and engineers, the members of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Flexible Materials and Processing Team take comprehension of soft matter to a new level.
“We take a basic understanding of soft, flexible materials and use this as a foundation to build functional devices,” said Maruyama. “These include flexible batteries, sensors, hybrid electronic devices and more. Much of what we’re working on now the people in the field don’t even know they need yet. We’re building competencies for the future.”
Perhaps one of the most diverse research teams in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, the members of the flex team have backgrounds ranging from the basic sciences to engineering and applied disciplines across the research spectrum. Many researchers on the team split their time between flexible materials and other directorate research teams, enabling greater cross-functional research applications. The team’s two military members provide a direct tie to the warfighter, helping ensure work remains focused on Air Force critical needs.