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Research Group Summary
Our research group focuses on the design of materials and devices through the development of a fundamental understanding of the solid state physics of the individual phases, their short and long range interactions, and its associated microstructural evolution. The aim is to provide guidelines that will lead to experiments and processing operations with improved properties, performance, and reliability.  We integrate computational approaches ranging from kinetic Monte Carlo, phase field and level set methods, to finite elements, finite volumes, and symbolic computing. Home-grown analytical theories and algorithms are constantly developed to resolve the relevant length and time scales. Of importance to our research are microstructure design, crystallographic texture, and grain boundary science and engineering, aimed to control the topology of the underlying phases and thus establish practical relations between processing, microstructure, and material properties.

Applied areas of interest include rechargeable Li-ion batteries, solid oxide fuel cells, thermoelectrics, solar cells, and light emitting diodes. 

Fundamental areas of research include the prediction of equilibrium and kinetic properties in ferroelectric ceramics (in thin-film and bulk form, for both lead-containing and lead-free systems), stability of dislocations in nanostructures, particle mixing and ordering dynamics of dry and colloidal particle systems, and thin film growth and microstructure evolution in PVD, CVD, and electrodeposition operations. 




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Spotlight

  • Dendrite Suppression to Curtail Lithium-Ion Battery Failure Dr. David Ely and Prof. R. Edwin García have identified the different ways in which Li-ion batteries can develop dendrites during recharge. In their paper:D. R. Ely and ...
    Posted Feb 17, 2013, 5:51 AM by R. Edwin García
  • Ozgur Keles selected to receive ACerS' Sapphire Award of Graduate Excellence PhD student  Ozgur Keles was selected by the American Ceramic Society to receive the Sapphire Award in the Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) award program. This award, presented annually ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2012, 7:27 PM by R. Edwin García
  • Ozgur's and Tony's posters selected highlights at 2012 GRC in Solid State Studies in Ceramics The posters presented by graduate students Ding-Wen (Tony) Chung (advisor: R. Edwin Garcia) and Ozgur Keles (co-advisors: R. Edwin Garcia and Keith Bowman) were selected as highlights of ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2012, 8:18 PM by R. Edwin García
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Recent Publications

  • dendritesAnalyticsFeb2013.pdf   1307k - May 19, 2013, 7:08 PM by R. Edwin García (v1)
    ‎D. R. Ely and R. E. García "Heterogeneous Nucleation and Growth of Lithium Electrodeposits on Negative Electrodes." Journal Electrochemical Society 160(4): A662-A668, 2013. ‎
  • 2012vijayaraghavan2012analytical.pdf   243k - May 19, 2013, 7:09 PM by R. Edwin García (v1)
    ‎B. Vijayaraghavan, D.R. Ely, Y.-W. Chiang, R. Garcia-Garcia, and R.E., Garcia, "An Analytical Method to Determine Tortuosity in Rechargeable Battery Electrodes," Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 159(5), A548-A552, The Electrochemical Society(2012) ‎
  • 2012lee2012microstructure.pdf   2325k - Feb 16, 2013, 3:53 PM by R. Edwin García (v1)
    ‎Lee, S.B. and Key, TS and Liang, Z. and Garcia, RE and Wang, S. and Tricoche, X. and Rohrer, GS and Saito, Y. and Ito, C. and Tani, T., Microstructure design of lead-free piezoelectric ceramics, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, Elsevier (2013) ‎
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