Research Groups in the Materials Science Division

 

  • Condensed Matter Theory

    • Carries out theoretical work on superconductivity, electronic structure and magnetism.

  • Emerging Materials

    • Emphasizes an integrated materials synthesis and science program that focuses on correlated electron transition metal oxides, chalcogenides with enhanced thermoelectric performance, and novel superconductors, including pnictides and cuprates.

  • Energy Conversion and Storage
    • The energy conversion and storage group focuses on charge-transfer processes, as well as the chemical environment in the vicinity of electrode surfaces.
  • Magnetic Films

    • Research to develop, characterize and investigate the properties of magnetic thin films and superlattices.

  • Molecular Materials

    • Synthesis and characterization of molecular materials that have novel magnetic, conductive, and catalytic properties..

    • Computational effort utilizing electronic structure methods and molecular dynamics simulations to study properties of new materials at the molecular level.

  • Neutron and X-Ray Scattering

    • Carries out investigations on high temperature superconductors, disordered solids and liquids, magnetoresistive oxides, and magnetic surfaces and interfaces.

    • Provides instrument development expertise.

  • Superconductivity and Magnetism

    • Emphasizes studies of magnetic vortex systems in high temperature superconductors.

    • Conducts theoretical and experimental studies of active self-assembled materials

  • Surface Chemistry

    • The Surface Chemistry Group encompasses two main areas: directed energy interactions with surfaces (DEIS) and the growth and characterization of nanostructured thin films (NTF).

  • Synchrotron Radiation Studies

    • Utilizes synchrotron radiation facilities for study of structures and electronic properties of materials.

    • Provides the primary focus and organization for the development of the Basic Energy Sciences Synchro-tron Radiation Center at the Advanced Photon Source.

  • Threat Detection and Analysis Group

    • Detector development, analytical chemistry method development and chemical warfare agent chemistry.

  • 3D Visualization of Ferroic Nanostructures

    • Explores the behavior of magnetic, ferroelectric and resistive switching structures at the nanoscale.

    • A particular focus on the use of in-situ 3D microscopy to explore the nanoscale behavior.