Rigoberto Advincula offers expertise on solar-powered plane
Solar Impulse 2—an experimental solar-powered aircraft—is in the midst of an around-the-world journey, and Case Western Reserve University Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering Rigoberto Advincula was tapped by the American Chemical Society to offer insights on the materials that are making the plane’s historic, fuel-free trip possible.
At a National Press Club briefing held in May, Advincula explained how the high-performance lightweight materials at the heart of Solar Impulse 2 are found in increasingly diverse applications. Advincula shared the program with George Corbin, global head of research and innovation at Solvay Specialty Polymers, a leading producer of advanced materials and partner on the Solar Impulse project.
Solar Impulse 2 began its journey in March 2015, attempting to fly around the world without using any fossil fuel. It completed the 14th leg of its trip on June 11, landing in New York City.
Watch the press conference and learn more about Solar Impulse 2.