Computer simulations are used increasing in Materials Science and Engineering to both develop new materials and to better explain the properties of existing materials. Tools such as molecular dynamics simulations, density functional theory, and finite element modeling are used to understand atomic and crystal structure, phase and microstructure evolution, and their correlations with electronic, transport, and mechanical properties.
Associated Graduate Program Faculty
First principles-based multiscale modeling; synthesis-structure-property relationships of nanostructured materials; surface and interface chemistry; defect and dopant structure and dynamics; semiconductor processing; fuel cells; electrochemical energy storage.
Liechti, Kenneth M.
Deformation and failure mechanisms in multilayered materials and structures using a combination of experimental and numerical stress analytical techniques; interfacial force microscopy; nanoindentation of ultra thin films and self-assembled monolayers; mechanics of adhesion and friction; interfacial fracture mechanics, composite materials; microelectronics packaging.
Materials theory and simulations related with electronics, optoelectronics, energy conversion and energy storage (e.g. transistors, solar cells, batteries/ supercapacitors, electro/photoelectro-catalysis), with particular interest in emerging materials such as 2D materials and topological materials.
Taleff, Eric M.
Development of material constitutive models for inclusion in FEM simulations; applications to welding, automotive structural materials, refractory metals.
Theoretical and computational studies of atomic-level carrier transport with lattice dynamics and molecular dynamics simulations.