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Research Groups

Estrada Group image copyAdvanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing

Boise State University’s Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory (ANML) is led by Dr. Dave Estrada and Dr. Harish Subbaraman. The lab is devoted to developing material and manufacturing solutions to address engineering grand challenges. Current research focuses on understanding the unique physical properties of 1-dimensional and 2-dimensional nanomaterials, and translating research in this area to practical applications in energy and healthcare using additive manufacturing techniques.
Simmonds Research GroupCollaboratory for Epitaxy of Nanomaterials

The Collaboratory for Epitaxy of Nanomaterials Group (CEN) is led by Dr. Paul Simmonds. The research group works at the convergence between condensed matter physics, materials science and electrical engineering. Dr. Simmonds is a firm believer in the power of interdisciplinary collaboration for solving the biggest, most important problems, and this is the spirit in which the group pursues research. Specific research interests within the CEN center on the synthesis of novel semiconductor nanomaterials and nanostructures, for example quantum dots, 2D materials, thin films and nanowires.
Jankowski lab-logoComputational Materials Science

The Computational Materials Science Group is led by Dr. Eric Jankowski. Computer simulations let us observe the details of materials much like a microscope can, and let us perform measurements and carry out experiments that might be impossible otherwise. The Computational Materials Science Laboratory uses simulation tools like HOOMD-blue on GPU supercomputers to investigate how small molecules self-assemble, how strands nucleic acids can fold together, and to design better solar cells made from inexpensive materials.
corrosion-pictureCorrosion and Environmental Degradation of Materials

The Applied Electrochemistry and Corrosion Research Lab is led by Dr. Mike Hurley. The research group conducts collaborative academic and industry related research while offering select graduate and undergraduate students an opportunity to learn the science behind corrosion and contribute to engineering solutions. The research is focused on understanding how materials interact with their environment and studying electrochemical degradation (corrosion) at different scales with state-of-the-art techniques.
DNADNA Nanotechnology

Boise State's research on DNA nanotechnology is a collaborative effort between Professors Will Hughes, Bernie Yurke, Wan Kuang, Elton Graugnard, Jeunghoon Lee, Bill Knowlton and a team of students, staff, and postdocs. The work of the Nanoscale Materials and Device Group is focused on DNA origami, DNA catalytic networks, and nucleic acid memory.
Xiong Group ImageElectrochemistry and Surface Chemistry

The research at the Xiong Group is led by Dr. Claire Xiong and is focused on the interdisciplinary areas of electrochemistry, materials science and engineering, and surface chemistry. The Xiong Research Group is currently interested in synthesis and characterization of new nano-architectured electrode materials for energy storage and conversion to a better understanding of the structure-property relationships for the development of advanced functional nanomaterials.

Boise State's research on electronic materials involves faculty such as Professors Bill Knowlton, Rick Ubic, Maria Mitkova, Kris Campbell, and Dmitri Tenne. Collaborations include faculty members from Penn State, Oregon State, and University of Maryland. Examples of electronic materials research are high dielectric constant multilayer metal oxide semiconductor devices and nonvolatile memory materials.
Functional CeramicsFunctional Ceramics

The Functional Ceramics Group, led by Professor Rick Ubic, is focused on the crystallography and structural characterization of microwave dielectrics, ferroelectrics, and ionic conductors. The group also studies the structural evolution of nuclear graphite under irradiation and oxidation. Nuclear grades of graphite have very complex microstructures, and the group’s work established the true mechanism for swelling under irradiation and produced an intrinsic mathematical model for oxygen–carbon reaction kinetics in high-purity graphite based on physically-meaningful parameters.
Materials Theory and Modeling

The Materials Theory and Modeling Group, led by Dr. Lan Li, focuses on theoretical and computational materials science. Research is conducted to develop and apply computational and data-driven methods to capture structure-property-performance relationships and design materials with optimum properties and desired behavior. Current work focuses on development of materials-by-design for electronic and energy applications, such as 2D materials for electronic and energy devices, DNA network arrays for solar energy harvesting and quantum computing applications, nuclear materials and sensor design, advanced manufacturing technology, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.
EXTREME_ENVIRONMENTSMaterials for Extreme Environments:

Boise State's research on materials for extreme environments is coordinated by Dr. Brian Jaques and involves collaborations through the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. The work focuses on processing and characterization of metals, ceramics, and composites for applications in extreme environments where high temperatures, corrosive gases and/or radiation damage are expected.

Boise State's research on ferromagnetic shape memory alloys is led by Professor Peter Müllner and involves collaborations with Northwestern University and other international partners. The work focuses on (i) understanding the microstructure of these materials, (ii) their magneto-mechanical properties, and (iii) developing magnetic shape memory devices.