Microstructured Materials

The mechanical, biological, electronic, and photonic properties of technologically-important materials are often strongly mediated by the details of their internal microstructures. Examples include the rheology of complex fluids, deformation of micro- and nano-grained structural materials and composites, electrochemical performance of fuel cell and battery components, and the regenerative function of synthetic tissue.  Microstructured Materials research in ChEMS aims to better understand or develop such correlations and use them for the design and assembly of advanced microstructured materials.




Featured Student

Matt Weeks, Third-year Ph.D. Student
AdvisorDaniel Mumm
"Clean energy and transportation are and will continue to be two of the most important engineering challenges in the 21st century. My Ph.D. thesis research focuses on understanding the failure mechanisms of thermal barrier coatings (TBCs), which are used in turbine engines for both electrical generation and propulsion. We are currently working on a quantitative description of optimal interfacial roughness for air-plasma sprayed TBC systems as well as studying the effects of alternative 'clean' fuels on engine environment and subsequent bond coat oxidation."

Faculty


James Earthman
, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests:  Biomaterials, dental and orthopaedic implants, green materials, nanocrystalline alloys, and deformation and damage processes
Research Presentation Slides
Email: earthman @ uci . edu


Young Jik Kwon
, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests:  Gene therapy, drug delivery, cancer-targeted therapeutics, nanobiotechnology, tissue engineering
Research Presentation Slides
Email:  kwonyj @ uci . edu


Martha Mecartney
, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Sol-gel processing of oxide ceramics, including thin films, grain boundaries in ceramics, interfacial engineering of superplastic ceramics, and analytical transmission electron microscopy
Research Presentation Slides
Email: martham @ uci . edu


Farghalli Mohamed
, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests:  Mechanical behavior of engineering materials such as metals, composites, and ceramics; the correlation between behavior and microstructure; creep and superplasticity; and the mechanisms responsible for strengthening and fracture
Research Presentation Slides
Email: famohame @ uci . edu


Ali Mohraz
, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Understand and exploit colloidal interactions, chemistry, assembly, and response to external fields to design microstructured materials with enhanced functionality for composites, biomimetic applications, alternative energy, and environmental remediation
Research Presentation Slides
Email: mohraz @ uci . edu
 

Daniel Mumm
, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Development of materials for power generation systems, propulsion, integrated sensing, advanced vehicle concepts and platform protection
Email: mumm @ uci . edu


Regina Ragan
, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Exploration and development of novel material systems for nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices
Research Presentation Slides
Email: rragan @ uci . edu