Materials Science and Engineering Faculty

William E. Bailey

Nanoscale magnetic films and heterostructures, materials issues in spin-polarized transport, materials engineering of magnetic dynamics
Katayun Barmak

Processing and structure (crystal structure and microstructure) relationships to electrical and magnetic properties of metal films; developing transmission electron microscopy automated orientation imaging techniques that can be applied to the study of nanostructured materials; use of differential scanning calorimetry for the study solid state reactions and phase transformations in thin films
Daniel N. Beshers

Mechanical properties, especially losses of energy in dynamic processes
Magnetic hysteresis losses and magnetomechanical damping
Interstitial impurities

Simon J. L. Billinge

Amorphous and nanostructured pharmaceuticals and molecular materials, methods for solving the nanostructure problem, nanoscale fluctuations in exotic electronic materials, nanostructured materials for energy and environmental remediation, software for complex modeling and nanostructure determination

Siu-Wai Chan

Metal oxides, crystal-size-related structural changes and properties in nanoparticles, thin films, grain boundaries and interfaces as well as their corresponding electrical properties

Paul F. Duby

Electrochemical and hydrometallurgical processes, corrosion of metals, mineral waste treatment and recovery

Irving P. Herman

Nanocrystals, optical spectroscopy of nanostructured materials, laser diagnostics of thin film processing, mechanical properties of nanomaterials
Alexander L. Gaeta

Ultrafast nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, nonlinear propagation in fibers and bulk media, photonic crystal fibers, coherent interactions of laser light with matter, the generation of non-classical light fields, stimulated scattering processes

Oleg Gang

  • Soft matter physics
  • Programmable self-assembly of nanoscale systems
  • Soft and biomaterials with tailored functions

James Im

Laser-induced crystallization of thin films, phase transformations and nucleation in condensed systems

Michal Lipson

Physics and application of nanoscale photonic structures; light confining structures that can slow down, enhance and manipulate light; photonic structures can enhance light-matter interaction by orders of magnitude, enabling the devices optical properties to be controlled externally, either optically or electro-optically

Chris A. Marianetti

Predicting materials properties from first-principles computations; materials with energy related applications; density-functional theory; dynamical mean-field theory; transition-metal oxides; actinides, energy storage and conversion materials

I. Cevdet Noyan

Characterization and modeling of mechanical and micromechanical deformation; residual stress analysis and nondestructive testing; x-ray and neutron diffraction, microdiffraction analysis
Ponisseril Somasundaran

Surface and colloid science; dispersion, deposition/coating, polymer/surfactant/protien interactions; biomineral processing; nano/bio materials, tissue engineering, bio solar and green materials, computer simulation

Renata Wentzcovitch

Computational materials physics, simulation of matter at extreme conditions, mineral physics

Yuan Yang

Exploration of novel materials and chemistry for advanced energy storage, thermal harvesting and management, investigation of fundamental structure-property correlations and chemical processes in energy materials and devices


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