Materials Discovery & Design

The design, synthesis, characterization, and theoretical understanding of advanced materials is a central focus for many faculty research programs in CEMS. Faculty interests include all major materials classes – polymers, semiconductors, ceramics, composites, metals – and their many complex, and often interconnected chemical, mechanical, electronic, magnetic, photonic, and thermal properties. Targeted applications span microelectronics, aerospace, magnetic recording, biomedical, energy storage, robotics, and more. Theory plays a critical role, and computational efforts benefit from advanced supercomputer resources on campus. Synthesis and processing of materials are accomplished using a wide variety of techniques, many with atomic scale precision. World-class characterization by advanced electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction methods are hallmarks of CEMS materials research. Sub-categories under the Materials Design & Discovery theme include: