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Research Keyword: Institute of Materials Science

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Faculty: Maric, Radenka
Department: Materials Science & Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Maric’s research has been focused on fundamental understanding of the effect of structure, defects, and microstructure on transport and electrical properties of surfaces and interfaces. In particular, she is interested in developing novel materials for fuel cell, batteries and biosensors, durability study, performance and life prognosis, aging, material state changes, and long term behavior. […]
Categories | Keywords: batteries, bio-sensors, biomaterials, Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, coating technologies, fuel cells, Institute of Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering, nanomaterials, thin films

Faculty: Mustain, William
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Excerpt: Controlling Microstructure and Surface Chemistry of Catalyst and Support Materials – In this project, our group uses silicate templating to precisely control the pore structure of carbon, metals, oxides, etc.  We also use the reaction precursor and conditions to control microcrystallinity and to purposefully incorporate adatoms into the structure (i.e. N into C, Sn into In2O3).  These adatoms give […]
Categories | Keywords: batteries, catalysts, Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, electrochemistry, fuel cells, fuel synthesis, Institute of Materials Science

Faculty: Norato, Julian A.
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Norato’s current research interests lie in incorporating localized failure mode criteria (such as stress and fatigue) as well as manufacturing, cost and geometric constraints in topology and shape optimization for the design exploration of structures and materials, with the aim of exploring efficient structures that are tailored to a specific manufacturing process, and with […]
Categories | Keywords: computational design exploration of engineered systems, design of structures made of heterogeneous or hierarchical materials, design optimization for manufacturability, Institute of Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, multidisciplinary optimization, structural shape and topology optimization

Faculty: Pettes, Michael T.
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Pettes’s research has been focused on fundamental energy transport mechanisms in nanoscale materials, such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, and 2D thermoelectrics, as well as design of bulk materials that can benefit from these unique transport properties, such as mesoporous semimetals. His main research falls into the following areas: (1) Multiproperty measurements on individual nanomaterials; […]
Categories | Keywords: carbon nanomaterials, energy conversion/harvesting, Institute of Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, MEMS fabrication, nanoscale thermal transport, semiconducting nanomaterials, transmission electron microscopy

Faculty: Ramprasad, Ramamurthy
Department: Materials Science & Engineering
Excerpt: Prof. Ramprasad received his B. Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, an M.S.degree in Materials Science & Engineering at the Washington State University, and a Ph.D. degree also in Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After a 6 year stint with Motorola’s R&D laboratories at […]
Categories | Keywords: catalysts, computational materials design, dielectrics, first principles computing, Institute of Materials Science, interfaces, materials informatics, Materials Science and Engineering, rational materials design

Faculty: Rossetti, George A., Jr.
Department: Materials Science & Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Rossetti’s research focuses on electroactive materials and devices. He manages the Active Materials Property Laboratory (AMPL) which houses facilities for processing monolithic and thin film materials, for the measurement of electrical, electromechanical and thermophysical properties, and for computational and experimental investigations of structural phase transformations in polar dielectrics. Current research topics include compositional design […]
Categories | Keywords: actuators, capacitors, ceramics, ferroelectrics, Institute of Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering, piezoelectrics, pyroelectrics, sensors, thin films, transducers

Faculty: Shor, Leslie M.
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Excerpt: Leslie Shor leads the Engineered Microhabitats research group. She employs advanced manufacturing techniques to build microbe-habitat systems for development of next-generation biomanufacturing and sustainable agricultural biotechnology. Current research projects include: (i) engineering the microbial biofilm microhabitat for discovery of antibiotics and industrial anti-fouling agents, (ii) engineering the termite gut microhabitat for biomanufacturing and biofuel production, […]
Categories | Keywords: 3D imaging, advanced manufacturing, agriculture, assay development, biofuels, biotechnology, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, high-throughput screening, Institute of Materials Science, microbioal biofilms, microbiome, microfluidics, optical sensors, soil

Faculty: Silva, Helena
Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Excerpt: Fundamental transport studies and device research towards more efficient electronic devices for computation, memory and energy conversion.
Categories | Keywords: device fabrication, Electrical and Computer Engineering, electrical characterization, electronic materials, Institute of Materials Science, micro/nanoelectronic devices

Faculty: Sun, Luyi
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Sun’s research covers a wide range of materials, including polymeric materials, ceramics and glasses, and composites. His recent efforts have focused on the design and synthesis of nanostructured hybrids for various applications, such as packaging, energy, catalysis, etc. In most cases, the structural design and control, usually down to nano- and molecular-scale, is the […]
Categories | Keywords: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, energy conversion and storage, green science and engineering, Institute of Materials Science, layered materials, multifunctional nanostructured hybrids, nanomaterials, polymer composites and nanocomposites, polymer processing

Faculty: Valla, Julia A.
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Valla’s research has focused on the nanoscale engineering of catalysts (mainly zeolites) for the production of advanced bio(fuels) and bio(chemicals). Our objectives are: a) Development of hierarchical pore structure zeolites (e.g ZSM-5, USY) with reduced diffusion limitations for easy access of heavy molecules and less coke formation; b) Development of multifunctional zeolites by encapsulation […]
Categories | Keywords: biomass pyrolysis, Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, desulfurization, fuel processing, hierarchical pore structure zeolites, hydroprocessing, Institute of Materials Science

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