About the Blogger

Hello! My name is Matthew Diasio and I am a PhD candidate in materials science and engineering at the University of Virginia. I work in the lab of Dr. David Green studying graphene exfoliation (turning your pencil lead into wonder materials) and nanoparticle colloids. I am also involved in science communication and outreach and interested in science policy.

My physical science and engineering research interests are in the large-scale production and application of nanomaterials, especially carbon nanotubes and graphene, and advanced manufacturing. My graduate training has focused on soft materials and the use of rheology (the study of flow behavior) as a means to both characterize materials and determine their suitability for different applications.

My science communication and outreach interests are varied. By topic, I am especially interested in communication about the fields that describe everyday life in our technological society: the physics and chemistry of materials and the engineering of infrastructure and products. By format, I am interested in informal science education opportunities for all ages, such as pub nights, movie nights, and science festivals; as well as writing on social media and elsewhere.

My policy interests overlap with my communications interests. How do we best encourage engagement between scientists, engineers, technologists and the broader public, especially in areas where ethical norms are still being developed? I am also interested in how to improve interactions between scientists and engineers and legislators and policymakers, especially at the state and local level.

  • Research
    • Mechanisms in liquid-phase exfoliation of graphene
      • Role of solvent physical properties
      • Dynamics of shear
    • Rheology and advanced manufacturing
      • Flow of maskant materials
      • Tribology of nanoparticle composites
  • Policy
    • Scientific advising mechanisms at the state and local level
    • Graduate education
    • Policy for research
      • Identifying research priorities and balancing societal needs with expert opinion
      • Development of basic research
      • Equitable distribution of research and programs like EPSCoR
    • Materials
      • Pollution and product design
      • Health and environmental effects of nanomaterials
      • Electronic waste

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