2011 Michigan Tech Research Magazine

  • Research in Brief

    Taming the divas of the nanoworld
    Physicist Yoke Khin Yap has discovered how to grow carpets of boron nitride nanotubes on substrates of simple catalysts. Image Courtesy of Yoke Khin Yap

On the cover: Occasionally the Earth shrugs its shoulders and reminds us that our powers have limits. The eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, pictured here with lightning flashing from its ash cloud, was a case in point. Yet the grounding of European air traffic for a few weeks, while vastly inconvenient for our own species, was not such a big deal in the grand scheme of things. Research by Michigan Tech’s Aleksey Smirnov suggests that the same heat engine underlying Iceland’s volcanoes was once responsible for an ancient apocalypse so immense it has become known as “The Great Dying.”


Research is published by University Marketing and Communications and the Office of the Vice President for Research at Michigan Technological University.

  • David Reed—Vice President for Research
  • Shea McGrew—Vice President for Advancement
  • Bonnie Gorman—Executive Director of University Marketing and Communications
  • Marcia Goodrich—Editor
  • Clare Rosen—Designer
  • Cathy Banfield, Jennifer Donovan, John Gagnon, Frank Stephenson, and Dennis Walikainen—Contributors
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