The participants in the international project are scientists from the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys and their Japanese colleagues from Tohoku University. The team of researchers is headed by Professor Dmitry Luzgin. The scientists were inspired to work together by the idea of creating a new type of materials - hybrid metal glasses.
Metal glasses differ from ordinary metals by the absence of a crystalline structure. Externally, metal glass differs little from ordinary window glass, but they have a higher strength, harder, and are also more resistant to corrosion and mechanical wear. Their main disadvantage is insufficient plasticity.
D. Luzgin and his colleagues set themselves the task of creating a new material that combines strength and ductility. The so-called hybrid materials are based on metallic glass combined with metallic crystals, quasicrystals or polymers. So, for example, the combination of metallic glass with polymers creates a material with high specific strength and low weight.
Metallic glass-based materials hold great promise in the aerospace, automotive, micromechanics, sports and medical industries.