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Professor Sammy Tin and Ph.D. Alumnus Stoichko Antonov Perform Metallurgical Analysis on Armor for NOVA Episode

Professor of Materials Engineering, Sammy Tin, and his Ph.D. student, Stoichko Antonov (Ph.D. MSE ‘17) performed the metallurgical analysis on a piece of medieval armor for the “Secrets of the Shining Knight” episode of NOVA in their lab at Illinois Institute of Technology. The team used optical and electron microscopy to assess the underlying structure of the metal used in the medieval armor and compared it to modern examples. The pair also evaluated some of the armor’s mechanical properties and provided the micrograph images that are used in the episode.

Watch the entire Secrets of the Shining Knight” NOVA episode here.