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Oct 12, 2021 LAA Seminar 

Realizing the Promise of Carbon Nanotubes as Structural Materials 

Emilie J. Siochi

Advanced Materials & Processing Branch
NASA Langley Research Center


Initial assessment of the nanoscale properties of carbon nanotubes generated global excitement at the potential for this material to be a disruptive technology.   In particular, the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes suggested that this material could produce superstrong, lightweight structures and revolutionize aerospace vehicle designs.  Now, a little over twenty years since the novelty of carbon nanotubes was first realized, we find ourselves at a tipping point in its development for structural applications. Carbon nanotubes are now available in quantities that allow us to evaluate their utility.  This talk will present a perspective on the evolution of structural carbon nanotubes and NASA’s role in advancing the maturation of this material for aerospace applications.


Mia Siochi is a research materials engineer in the Advanced Materials & Processing Branch.  Her work has been in emerging materials development including computationally-guided materials development: structural nanomaterials, bioinspired materials, self-healing materials, antifouling engineered surfaces (i.e. bug repellant coatings, energy harvesting, additive manufacturing and extreme temperature materials).  For 20 years she’s led Langley’s structural nanomaterials development. She’s a proponent of use-inspired research and currently leads multidisciplinary teams developing structural carbon nanotube composites and nanomaterials based multifunctional components, rapid curing resins for the next generation of aircraft and sensor technologies to enable safety in UAM vehicles.


B.S., Chemistry, Ateneo de Manila University                M.S., Chemistry, Virginia Tech

Ph.D., Materials Engineering Science, Virginia Tech     M.A. Theology, St. Leo University

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Covid Note: LaRC’s Badge & Pass Office stopped issuing badges to LAA members & closed the NACA Room. LAA will email members when both are available.

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 Ongoing Activities

The LAA works closely with the NASA Langley Research Center. Our LaRC liaison is Melanie Robinson: 757-864-2660. [email protected].

The Langley Research Center NACA and NASA Hall of Honor (HoH) is an key partnership between the LAA and LaRC to honor pioneers & contributors to LaRC over the years. The permanent Honoree display at LaRC for Classes 2015 & 2017 can be viewed in the NACA Room of the NASA Cafeteria,where the LAA meets. You’ll find more info on our 2015 & 2017 classes at the NASA LaRC Hall of Honor website

The Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame seeks Nominees here.

The LAA  ad hoc committee entitled Langley Retiree Knowledge Capture (LRKC) has been active since early 2019 to harness the vast reservoir of past experience & expertise of former employees accessible to Langley, NASA Centers & outside organizations. The sub-committee explores and has initiated several activities. Members Marilyn Ogburn, Dan Palumbo & Wayne Richie report findings & progress to the Board. LAA members are encouraged to contact any sub-committee member with ideas or suggestions. Primary point of contact is Marilyn Ogburn [email protected].

Colloquium+Sigma Lectures – NASA Langley’s monthly lectures are available to LAA members on Webex: 2PM-LaRC Reid Center Colloquium, 7:30pm-VASC Sigma.

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Olaf Updated 9/25/21