Faculty and Staff - Materials Science Program - Colorado School of Mines

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Materials Science Faculty

Sumit Agarwal

Agarwal, Sumit

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research interests: Synthesis and characterization of ultra-thin films and nanolaminates for various applications in semiconductor processing, display technology, gas sensors, and micro electromechanical systems.

Richard Ahrenkiel

Ahrenkiel, Richard

Research Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Research interests: Carrier lifetime; photovoltaic device theory and measurement; microelectronic devices and structures; thermoelectric device design and theory; defect analysis: deep level transient spectroscopy; photoluminescence analysis, measurement and theory; current-voltage (I-V) analysis of devices; light-emitting devices: semiconductor lasers and LEDs; solid-state amplifiers/MOSFETs, JFETS, MesFETS; surface passivation of silicon and compound semiconducting materials.

John Berger

Berger, John

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests: Mechanical behavior and fracture of materials. Specifically, dynamic crack growth and crack arrest in brittle and ductile materials, analytical and computational tools for analysis of anisotropic solids, elastic wave-based models for the nondestructive evaluation of cylindrically anisotropic solids, discrete element models for fracture of rock, and numerical/experimental studies of deformation and fracture in functionally graded materials.

James Bernard

Bernard, James

Research Associate Professor, Department of Physics

Research interests: Electronic structures, stability of solids, semiconductors

Gerald Bourne

Bourne, Gerald

Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Stephen Boyes

Boyes, Stephen

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research interests: Application of well-defined, multifunctional polymers for the surface modification of nanoparticles

Geoff Brennecka

Brennecka, Geoff

Assistant Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

The Brennecka group works on fabricating, characterizing, and analyzing functional electroceramics such as ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials. We work with materials in thin film form (typically via chemical solution deposition or sputtering) as well as powder-derived bulk ceramics with a particular focus on how integration and processing approaches affect defect chemistry and dynamic response(s) of these materials.

Cristian Ciobanu

Ciobanu, Cristian

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests: Atomic scale studies of catalysis: structures, defect interactions, and surface reactions; epitaxial graphene on metallic and semiconducting surfaces; structure and electronic properties of alloy nanowires; growth of alloy nanoparticles with controlled electronic properties; self-organized nano- and bio-structures on crystal surfaces; development of genetic algorithms for materials design

 

Coors, William "Grover"

Research Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

David Diercks

Diercks, David

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Research interests: Nanoscale characterization techniques, such as atom probe tomography and transmission electron microscopy, with an emphasis on correlating the techniques for quantitative application to oxide and photovoltaic materials. Scanning Electron Microscope/Focused ion beam preparation and analysis techniques. Growth and characterization of oxide nanostructures

John Dorgan

Dorgan, John

Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Site Director, Institute for Advanced Composite Manufacturing Innovation

Professor Dorgan is an expert in "green" polymer materials and is leading IACMI’s premier technical effort to make wind turbines from low-energy, renewable and recyclable materials.

Mark Eberhart

Eberhart, Mark

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research interests: Using quantum mechanical methods in an attempt to understand the atomic origins of material properties, particularly mechanical properties (hardness, strength, ductility)

Thomas Furtak

Furtak, Thomas

University Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics

Research interests: Condensed matter physics; optical properties of interfaces and nanostructures; polymers & self-assembled systems

Brian Gorman

Gorman, Brian

Associate Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Research interests: Atomically precise measurements of materials, as well as processing of atomically precise materials.

Michael Kaufman

Kaufman, Michael

Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Dean, College of Applied Science and Engineering
Director, Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys

Research interests: Structure-property-processing relationships in metals, intermetallics and composites, conventional and rapid solidification — all with an emphasis on characterization using advanced analytical techniques, particularly analytical and high resolution transmission electron microscopy.

Daniel Knauss

Knauss, Daniel

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research interests: Macromolecular chemistry and characterization of new materials and the development of their application.

Stephen Liu

Liu, Stephen

Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
American Bureau of Shipping Endowed Chair of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Director, Center for Welding, Joining, and Coatings Research

Research interests: Weld-pool chemistry and physics, weld-metal phase transformations in ferrous alloys, welding consumables design, underwater wet welding, explosive bonding of materials, surface coating for wear applications, and joining of dissimilar materials.

Ryan O'Hayre

O'Hayre, Ryan

Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Director, Materials Science Program

Professor Ryan O’Hayre's Advanced Energy Materials Laboratory develops new materials and devices to enable alternative energy technologies including fuel cells and solar cells. Current research interests includethe delopment of nitrogen-functionalized carbon support structures for direct methanol fuel cell catalysis, ceramic-based proton conducting fuel cell and electrolysis devices, and redox-active oxides for solar-thermal production of hydrogen from water.

Timothy Ohno

Ohno, Timothy

Associate Professor, Department of Physics

Research interests: Condensed matter physics; surface physics; epitaxial growth; interfacial science; photovoltaics

Corinne Packard

Packard, Corinne

Associate Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Research interests: Mechanical properties and behavior of materials, especially at micro- and nano-scales; pressure-induced phase transformation in ceramics; stress-driven failure in renewable energy materials; nanomechanical testing at elevated temperatures and in situ electrical measurement

Svitlana Pylypenko

Pylypenko, Svitlana

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research interests: Our group investigates surfaces and interfaces of functional materials including catalysts, polymers, semiconductors and metals targeting a wide range of applications.  We focus on building relationships between surface composition and structure, materials properties and their performance with the eventual goal to design next generation of materials which provide high efficiency at the fraction of the cost. Significant efforts of our team are dedicated to development of cost-effective materials for alternative energy applications.

Ivar Reimanis

Reimanis, Ivar

Professor and Interim Department Head, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Herman F. Coors Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Engineering
Director, Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics (CCAC)

Research interests:

Mechanical Behavior: Fracture of ceramics and composites; crack propagation studies of metal/ceramic interfaces; deformation and fracture in functionally graded materials; numerical simulation of mechanical behavior

Processing Science: Synthesis and sintering of lithium aluminum silicates; sintering, densification and microstructure evolution of transparent spinel

Nuclear Materials: Behavior of ceramic nuclear fuel materials

Ryan Richards

Richards, Ryan

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research interests: Exploring the interface of nanoscale materials and catalysis by: 1) pursuing new methods to manipulate the preparation of metals, metal oxides and porous materials at the nanoscale to control porosity, surface faceting, size, shape and orientation; 2) examining the structure/activity relationships these materials exhibit; 3) apply the nano-engineered materials in a spectrum of industrially important catalytic reactions to determine how their properties affect the process; 4) combining in situ spectroscopy and modeling to gain mechanistic information; and 5) collaborate with theoreticians and other instrumental specialists to develop a theoretical understanding of the properties associated with preparing and applying these systems in catalytic processes.

Angus Rockett

Rockett, Angus

Professor and Department Head, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Photovoltaics, the materials science of semiconductors with special emphasis on microchemcial and microstructure analysis of polycrystalline semiconductors and other ceramic materials. Physical vapor deposition processes and their modification through ion-surface interactions. Synthesis and properties of transition metal nitrides and other thin films by sputter deposition. Modeling of photovoltaic, photoelectrochemical, and other electronic devices and development of device models. Density functional theory and ab-initio modeling of materials. I emphasize combinations of experiment and theory to develop comprehensive understanding of materials from the atoms up.

Alan Sellinger

Sellinger, Alan

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

Ongoing projects in the Sellinger group include: Electron accepting/transporting organic semiconductors for application in photovoltaics (OPV); organic and hybrid materials used to change the work-function of electrodes for application in OPV and water splitting; changing the band-gap of silicon quantum dots by surface modification using organic materials; Fluorescent and phosphorescent scintillating materials for detection of alpha, neutron and gamma radiation

Aaron Stebner

Stebner, Aaron

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests: Multiscale characterization and modeling of advanced behaviors exhibited by crystalline materials, such as asymmetry, anisotropy, plasticity, and phase transformations

Timothy Strathmann

Strathmann, Timothy

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research interests: Professor Strathmann's research includes the development of innovative catalytic materials and processes for water purification, bioenergy production, and resource recovery from waste streams. Principles of material science, green chemistry, and environmental engineering are combined to guide the development of more sustainable technologies to address some of our greatest environmental challenges, including providing safe drinking water and renewable sources of energy.

Neal Sullivan

Sullivan, Neal

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Colorado Fuel Cell Center (CFCC)

Research interests: Experimentation of electrochemistry, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, transport phenomena, chemical kinetics, and combustion processes found in solid-oxide fuel cell systems and balance-of-plant components, microchannel reactors, and heat exchangers.

Craig Taylor

Taylor, P. Craig

Professor, Department of Physics
Director, Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (REMRSEC)

Research interests: Optical, electronic, and structural properties of crystalline and amorphous semiconductors; disordered materials and their characterization; photovoltaics

Eric Toberer

Toberer, Eric

Associate Professor, Department of Physics

Research interests: Condensed matter physics; solid-state chemistry; energy materials

Brian Trewyn

Trewyn, Brian

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research interests: Synthesis of multifunctional high surface area, porous inorganic and organic materials, expanding the repertoire of characterization techniques of these materials, and application development for heterogeneous catalysis, drug delivery and controlled release, electrocatalysis, and environmental and energy challenges

Mark Eberhart

Garritt Tucker

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department

Research interests: Computational materials science, mechanics of materials, the discover and design of hierarchical materials, 2D materials, materials for energy storage/conversion, and damage resistant alloys.

Chester Van Tyne

Van Tyne, Chester

Professor and Associate Department Head, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Forging Industry Education and Research Foundation (FIERF) Professor

Research interests: Forging and forming

Shubham Vyas

Vyas, Shubham

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research interests: Our research employs both computational and experimental techniques synergistically to address challenges in modern science. Using theoretical and computational tools, we aim to understand the underlying parameters and mechanisms of various chemical and biophysical processes that ultimately guide the rational design of new molecules and materials. These novel materials are then tested experimentally in our lab for desirable properties for various applications.

Douglas Way

Way, J. Douglas

Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research interests: The central theme to all of my research projects is the application, study, and synthesis of new materials such as metals (Pd, V, Ta, Nb and their alloys), microporous oxides (crystalline and amorphous), and ionic polymers for use in novel separation processes. The separation processes currently under study in my laboratory include inorganic membranes, catalytic membrane reactors, surface modified porous oxides, and polymer membranes for PEM fuel cells, applied to energy, environmental and chemical processing applications.

Kim Williams

Williams, Kim

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research interests: Research in the Williams group is highly interdisciplinary, integrating analytical chemistry, (nano)materials, polymers, and biology. We are interested in developing new analytical techniques and probing complex materials and biological systems to better understand their function and behavior. Our aims are to establish a fundamental understanding of transport mechanisms leading to the successful separation and characterization of nanometer- to micron-sized analytes and to apply the developed technologies to solve high impact problems ranging from solar energy conversion to protein aggregation in biopharmaceutics.

Colin Wolden

Wolden, Colin

Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research interests: Thin film synthesis. Deposition techniques include plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), CVD, sputtering, and electrodeposition. A central theme is developing novel processing techniques that impart nanoscale control while retaining high rate for the efficient synthesis of mesoscale structures

David Wu

Wu, David

Professor and Department Head, Department of Chemistry

Research interests: Technological and scientific advances in complex materials present many exciting challenges for the theoretician working in chemical engineering or chemistry. More than ever before, fundamental knowledge and control of microstructure can translate directly into materials with novel and superior properties. I believe a combination of analytical theory and computational research can be a highly effective way to acquire an understanding of these diverse materials. My research approach draws widely from both statistical mechanics and modern computational methods and is concerned with a broad range of materials.

Ning Wu

Wu, Ning

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research interests: My research focuses on the material science and engineering of soft materials, such as polymer and colloids. We synthesize particles with anisotropic properties in geometry, interface, and chemical composition. By understanding the fundamental interactions between these novel particles under external fields, we aim to build colloidal robots in low Reynolds number flow and fabricating thin film coatings with novel optoelectronic properties over long term.

Zhigang Wu

Wu, Zhigang "Michael"

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Research interests: Condensed matter theory; first-principles electronic structures; nanoscale physics; superconductivity; materials under extreme conditions; ferroelectricity and multiferroics

Yongan Yang

Yang, Yongan

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

The Yang group draws upon expertise from chemistry, materials, nanoscience and the energy sciences to synthesize new and improved materials, assess their properties, and develop new applications to improve the efficiency of sustainable energy conversion and storage devices, such as: rechargeable batteries, electrocatalysis, and extraction of value-added materials from chemical wastes.

Jeramy Zimmerman

Zimmerman, Jeramy

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Research interests: My primary interest is in materials for various photovoltaic systems. I am currently concentrating on small-molecule organic photovoltaics, specifically on understanding properties of heterointerfaces. My research aims to understand the interplay between structure and electronic processes occurring at these interfaces, as well as apply our findings to devices and provide guidelines for designs of new molecules for improved functionality.

STAFF

 

Steelman, Megan

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Administrator

Email: msteelman@mines.edu | Phone: (303) 273-3640


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