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Research Groups

EXTREME_ENVIRONMENTSAdvanced Materials Laboratory:
Dr. Brian Jaques

Boise State's research on materials for extreme environments involves collaborations through the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. The work in the AML focuses on the synthesis, processing, and characterization of metals, ceramics, and composites for applications in extreme environments where high temperatures, corrosive gases and/or radiation damage are expected. The AML specializes in advanced technology nuclear fuel developments, in-situ in-pile instrumentation, additive manufacturing, as well as novel materials synthesis techniques.
Estrada Group image copyAdvanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing
Dr. Dave Estrada and Dr. Harish Subbaraman.

Affiliated with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, the ANML 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, water, and healthcare using additive manufacturing techniques.
Simmonds Research GroupCollaboratory for Epitaxy of Nanomaterials
Dr. Paul Simmonds

We work at the convergence between condensed matter physics, materials science and electrical engineering, with a strong belief in the power of interdisciplinary collaboration for solving important problems. We use molecular beam epitaxy to synthesize novel semiconductor nanomaterials including quantum dots, thin films and nanowires, for applications from quantum optics and infrared optoelectronics, to topological insulators.
corrosion-pictureCorrosion and Environmental Degradation of Materials
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.
Functional CeramicsFunctional Ceramics
Dr. Rick Ubic

This research group has two focuses. One is the crystallography and structural characterization of functional ceramics including microwave dielectrics, ferroelectrics, and ionic conductors, with a special emphasis on the crystal chemistry of perovskite materials. The second is the structural evolution of nuclear graphite under irradiation and oxidation.
SHAPE_MEMORY_ALLOYSShape Memory Alloys
Dr. Peter Müllner

Boise State's research on ferromagnetic shape memory alloys focuses on (i) understanding the microstructure and micromechanisms of these materials, (ii) their magneto-mechanical properties, and (iii) developing magnetic shape memory devices, and spans the arc from basic research to product development. Our magnetic shape memory micropump advances cutting-edge research in microbiology and bio-medicine.
Materials Theory and Modeling
Dr. Lan Li

The group focuses on the development and implementation of computational and data-driven methods to capture process-structure-property-performance relationships. Research includes 2D materials for electronic and energy devices, DNA network arrays for quantum computing, nuclear materials and sensor design, and advanced manufacturing technology.
Xiong Group ImageElectrochemical Energy Materials Laboratory (EEML)
Dr. Claire Xiong

The EEML is focused on interdisciplinary electrochemistry, materials science and engineering, and interfacial and surface chemistry. Current efforts include work on energy materials for rechargeable batteries (e.g., Li-ion and Na-ion batteries) as well as for nuclear systems through synthesis and advanced characterizations.
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.
Jankowski lab-logoComputational Materials Science
Dr. Eric Jankowski

Computer simulations are like a microscope that permits every detail of a material to be observed. Our team develops open source simulation tools that allow supercomputing technologies to be applied to materials problems. Specific focus areas include materials for generating solar power inexpensively, engineering carbon fiber composites, and molecular assemblies at interfaces.
lab glasswareMacromolecular Sciences Lab
Dr. Scott Phillips

We are creating sustainable soft materials. In one approach, we are designing new types of polymers and plastics to enable energy-efficient recycling. In another approach, we are inventing new classes soft materials based on renewable resources. Our work combines fundamental polymer chemistry with materials science and engineering to create new solutions to global challenges.