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U.S. DEFENSE DEPARTMENT FUNDS TWO CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY PROJECTS

 CLEVELAND, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) has received a $1 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop the technology for micromotors, which promise to do for mechanics what the silicon chip did for microelectronics.
 The University also received DARPA funds to develop ultra-tough polymer-ceramic composite materials by investigating antlers and sea shells -- natural composites that are vastly superior to synthetic composites. CWRU is collaborating with Princeton University and the University of Washington on the project, which is supported by a $2 million DARPA grant.
 Applications for the motors, which are smaller than the head of a pin, range from micromechanical weapons and wrist-worn microsensors that could sense chemical and biological attacks, to miniature surgical tools. The research could lead to technology that would allow replacement of solonoid valves in automobile fuel injection systems with microvalves reducing gas consumption.
 With the second grant, polymer scientists will study antlers discarded by reindeer at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. They will apply the principles of biomimicking -- taking ideas from nature and translating them into synthetic materials -- to engineer advanced composite materials with properties for new structural, optical, and electronic applications.
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 /CONTACT: Kathleen McDermott of Case Western Reserve University, 216-368-6518/


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