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Image of the summer 2017 research group (Andrew Armstrong, Tony Hobza, Medha Veligatla, Dr. Paul Lindquist, Justina Freilich, Carl Rustad, Sara Lilly, Paige Plaskonos, Brent Johnston, Matt Caputo, Danielle Nichols, Tamara Jackson, Christian Titsch, Jaime Guervara,  Dr. Peter Müllner)

Standing from left to right: Tammy Jackson, Paige Plaskonos, Christian Titsch, Sara Lilly, Carl Rustad, Brent Johnston, Andrew Armstrong, Matt Caputo, Dr. Paul Lindquist, Jaime Guervara
Kneeling from left to right: Medha Veligatla, Tony Hobza with Camille, Dr. Peter Mullner

In my research group, we study the magneto-mechanics of magnetic shape memory alloys (MSMAs), primarily Ni-Mn-Ga. We process alloys and single crystals starting from high-purity elements and characterize their structure, microstructure , crystal defects, deformation mechanisms, magnetic properties, and magnetic-field-induced strain with a various techniques. Besides bulk single crystals, we also study MSMAs in form of metallic foam, thin films, fibers, and nanostructures.

We collaborate with several research groups on BSU campus, within the United States, and worldwide. The interdisciplinary and international research environment presents much opportunity for the students. They develop advanced skills on relevant matters beyond materials science.

Almost every year, some of my students visit collaborators overseas to work in their research facilities; and students and scientists of partner institutions visit us in Boise to learn from our expertise.

Our research was and is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the Idaho State Board of Education, NASA-EPSCoR.
If you are curious to learn more about our work, please let me know and I will be happy to show you around in the Magnetic Materials Laboratory.

Peter Müllner