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Michael Sakano

Secretary Department:

Materials Engineering

Advisor:

Alejandro Strachan, Ph.D.

Research Title:

Reactivity of Energetic Materials

Research Description:

The behavior of energetic materials has been a major focus area for the military since WWII. They have been concerned with figuring out how these materials respond to extreme conditions of temperature and pressure. Knowing their response can lead to developing predictive capabilities for improved safety and handling of these materials. It is known that the major initiation mechanism for detonation is the interaction of multiple hot spots, or localized regions of energy. However, the mechanisms pertaining to the development of hot spots, and further deflagration leading to detonation, is not well understood. My research focuses on understanding how the molecular level processes regarding kinetics and chemical reactivity are coupled to electronic spin and microstructural features like voids or pores. By running molecular dynamics simulations, we can develop more complex models and build intuition about the chemistry at the nanoscale. This information can be passed to continuum models and validated against experiments to achieve the research initiative goals defined by the military.

Why CIGP?

With my degree, I would like to join a national lab that focuses on energetic materials to further develop my research skills. This past summer, I enjoyed working with research scientists at Los Alamos National Lab and listening to a broad range of seminars to expand my horizon. In the future, I plan on joining a university and splitting my time as a lecturer and researcher. Even though I was a TA for a single semester, I had a pleasurable experience leading recitation and holding office hours. I hope to remain active in the research community and contribute towards better understanding the behavior of energetic materials.

Awards:

  • Selected speaker for Energetic Materials GRS 2018

Publications:

  • Sakano, M. N.; Hamilton, B.; Islam, M. M.; Strachan, A. Role of Molecular Disorder on the Reactivity of RDX. J. Phys. Chem. C. submitted.

Presentations:

  • Sakano, M. N.; Hamilton, B.; Islam, M. M.; Strachan, Dependence of hotspot criticality on initial free energy: amorphous versus crystalline RDX. APS SCCM2017 oral presentation.
  • Sakano, M. N.; Hamilton, B.; Islam, M. M.; Strachan, Hot spots in high-energy density materials: the role of non-equilibrium loading in reactivity. TMS 2018 oral presentation.
  • Sakano, M. N.; Hamilton, B.; Islam, M. M.; Strachan, Role of molecular disorder on the reactivity of RDX. GRS 2018 oral presentation.
  • Sakano, M. N.; Hamilton, B.; Islam, M. M.; Strachan, Role of molecular disorder on the reactivity of RDX. GRC 2018 poster presentation.

Leadership:

  • CIGSO Secretary (2018-2019)
  • NanoDays (2018)
  • Purdue Space Day (2016-2017)

Personal Page:

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