Computational Materials Science

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

Benedek, Nicole
First-principles theoretical techniques, like density functional theory, to determine likely crystal structures of new materials; correlations between atomic structure and material properties; complex oxides; superconductivity, ferroelectricity, photocatalysis, magnetism and interesting electronic and ionic transport properties; interface structures

Huang, Rui
Integrated materials and structures of small dimensions (from micro to nano scales); micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), and emerging nano/bio-technologies; reliability of advanced interconnects and packaging for microelectronics; mechanical instability of thin films and nanostructures; Computational mechanics, multiscale modeling and simulations

Hwang, Gyeong
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

Taleff, Eric M.
Development of material constitutive models for inclusion in FEM simulations; applications to welding, automotive structural materials, refractory metals

Wang, Yaguo
Theoretical and computational studies of atomic-level carrier transport with lattice dynamics and molecular dynamics simulations