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December 16, 2020

K-State professors cited for research efforts in science news report

Submitted by Mary Rankin

Two K-State professors from the industrial and manufacturing systems engineering department were noted for their research efforts in the article, "How the Lightest Materials in the World Absorb Sound," published in the Dec. 11 issue of Inside Science.

Dong Lin, assistant professor and Don and Linda Glaser Keystone research scholar, and Shuting Lei, professor and holder of the Carl R. and Mary T. Ice industrial engineering professorship, fabricated custom 3D printed cellulose aerogels used in the research of Bhisham Sharma, an engineer at Wichita State University.

Results suggested the aerogels printed by the K-State team have significantly more sound absorption than conventional noise-reduction materials and may aid in different aspects of daily life, including applications for air and space travel where weight really matters.

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