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Materials science and engineering research

Research in materials science and engineering is boundless in the Fulton Schools. Our researchers seek to improve the performance of materials in order to create innovative solutions for energy, security and sustainability.

There are many research thrusts in this field, such as:

  • advanced thermodynamics
  • atomic-scale computer simulations
  • electrochemical energy storage
  • kinetics and phase transformations
  • nanomaterials and nanostructures
  • photovoltaic materials
  • and more

Materials science and engineering research addresses a broad range of materials-driven challenges and benefits several industries.

Materials science and engineering faculty research interests

Computational materials

James Adams

James Adams
President’s professor
Undergraduate program chair, materials science and engineering

Research Interests
Atomic-scale computer simulation to understand the structure, properties, processing and design of materials.

Kumar Ankit

Kumar Ankit
Assistant Professor
Materials science and engineering

Research Interests
Phase-field method, Pattern formation, Machine learning, Phase Transformations, Electromigration, Self-organization in soft matter, Vapor deposition.

Yang Jiao

Yang Jiao
Assistant Professor
Materials science and engineering

Research Interests
Computational materials design; microstructure and effective properties of heterogeneous materials; multifunctional composites design and modeling; granular materials; biomaterials.

Electrical, optical and magnetic materials

Terry Alford

Terry Alford
Associate Director
Professor
Materials science and engineering

Research Interests
Materials properties for low-power electronics and novel integrated-circuit components formation and adhesion of sol-gel metal systems for biomedical applications.

Sandwip Dey

Sandwip Dey
Professor
Materials science and engineering

Research Interests
Adsorbents, catalysts and membranes for sustainable energy and clean water applications

Jian Li

Jian Li
Professor
Materials science and engineering

Research Interests
Design and synthesis of organic semiconductor materials, study of the structure and electrical and optical properties of organic and inorganic molecules.

Nathan Newman

Nathan Newman
Lamonte H. Lawrence Professor in Solid State Science
Materials science and engineering

Research Interests
Semiconductor, superconductor and dielectric materials, thin film materials synthesis, materials characterization, electronic structure.

Engineering education

Stephen Krause

Stephen Krause
Professor
Materials science and engineering

Research Interests
Engineering education, engineering outreach to K-12, education materials characterization.

Materials for energy and environmental applications

Candace Chan

Candace Chan
Associate Professor
Materials science and engineering

Research Interests
Lithium-ion batteries and electrochemical capacitors; electrochemical energy storage, solar-to-fuel photoelectrochemistry, nanomaterial synthesis.

Peter Crozier

Peter Crozier
Professor
Graduate program chair, materials science and engineering

Research Interests
Synthesis, characterization and evolution of nanomaterials and nanostructures related to energy and the environment; atomic level characterization of materials for applications to energy production; photocatalysis for energy production.

Cody Friesen

Cody Friesen
Associate Professor
Materials science and engineering

Research Interests
Integrated storage devices (batteries); electrochemical energy storage; surface science.

Karl Sieradzki

Karl Sieradzki
Professor
Materials science and engineering

Research Interests
Mechanical properties and characterization of materials; electrochemistry and alloy corrosion; nanoporous materials; surface science.

Mechanical behavior of materials

Nik Chawla

Nik Chawla
Ira A. Fulton Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Materials science and engineering

Research Interests
Mechanical behavior and microstructural characterization of materials; fatigue, and fracture behavior of materials.

Karl Sieradzki

Karl Sieradzki
Professor
Materials science and engineering

Research Interests
Mechanical properties and characterization of materials; electrochemistry and alloy corrosion; nanoporous materials; surface science.

Nanomaterials synthesis and characterization

Sefaattin Tongay

Sefaattin Tongay
Assistant Professor
Materials science and engineering

Research Interests
Tongay’s research focuses on synthesis of next generation low-dimensional materials and understanding their optical, electrical, mechanical, and magnetic properties using state-of-art experimental and theoretical techniques. Research aims at incorporating…read more

Qing Hua Wang

Qing Hua Wang
Assistant Professor
Materials science and engineering

Research Interests
Nanostructured materials, 2D atomic layered materials, graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, electronic materials, self-assembled monolayers, scanning probe microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, materials synthesis, nanofabrication, surface science, materials chemistry