We study materials science of metal-oxides with emphasis on structure-property relations and exploratory solid state devices. Problems of interest center around controlled synthesis of oxide thin films; investigating effects of microstructure, interfaces and point defects in determining functional properties involving electronic and ionic transport. We also collaborate closely with several dozen research groups world-wide on complementary aspects of the research. Emerging research directions in the group include design of new environmental materials.
A significant fraction of the group alumni hold tenure-track faculty positions, reflecting the emphasis on fundamental studies in our research program. At the same time, the materials we synthesize hold great technological promise and consequently, result in extensive collaboration with applied research partners which serves as a natural connection for group members to explore opportunities in leading industrial research laboratories.
On-going projects include:
- Ultra-thin solid oxide fuel cells
- Adaptive matter