Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science - Materials Science


Harry A. Atwater, Jr.

Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science; Director, Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis

Professor Atwater's research focuses on electronic and photonic materials and devices, photovoltaics, and materials for micromechanical devices.

Marco Bernardi

Assistant Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science

Marco Bernardi specializes in theoretical/computational materials science and condensed matter physics. Marco's research group will investigate ideas at the intersection of solar energy conversion, ultra-fast science, excited state dynamics, and many-body electronic structure calculations. His recent research interests include energy conversion at subpicosecond time scale and nanomaterials for photovoltaics.

Kaushik Bhattacharya

Howell N. Tyson, Sr., Professor of Mechanics and Materials Science; Vice Provost

Professor Bhattacharya studies the mechanical behavior of solids, and specifically uses theory to guide the development of new materials.  Current research concerns three broad areas: (i) Active materials such as shape-memory alloys, ferroelectrics and liquid crystal elastomers, (ii) Heterogeneous materials and designing unprecedented properties by exploiting heterogeneities, (iii) Coarse-grained density functional theory to understand defects in solids.

Katherine Faber

Simon Ramo Professor of Materials Science

Katherine Faber is interested in the fracture of brittle materials and mechanisms by which such materials can be toughened and strengthened through composite strategies and residual stresses, often using synchrotron radiation for internal stress measurement. Her studies comprise ceramics for energy-related applications including thermal and environmental barrier coatings for power generation components and porous solids for filters and flow. More recently, she has also worked with the Art Institute of Chicago to establish the Northwestern University/Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts where advanced materials characterization and analytical techniques are used in support of conservation science.

Brent Fultz

Barbara and Stanley R. Rawn, Jr., Professor of Materials Science and Applied Physics

Professor Fultz focuses on materials physics and materials chemistry, presently with two emphases. One is on the origin of entropy, as studied by neutron scattering and computation. The second is on new materials for energy storage, such as Li- and H-storage materials.

William A. Goddard, III

Charles and Mary Ferkel Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science, and Applied Physics

Professor Goddard's research focuses on new methodology for quantum chemistry, force fields, molecular dynamics, mesoscale dynamics, statistical mechanics Applications of atomistic simulations to chemical, biological, and materials systems, including catalysis (homogenous and heterogeneous), protein structure prediction, drug design, polymers, semiconductors, ceramics, and metal alloys (plasticity and failure) Applications to industrial problems in oil field technology, catalysis, polymers, fuel cells, and nanotechnology.

Julia R. Greer

Professor of Materials Science and Mechanics

Professor Greer focuses on nano-scale phenomena: mechanical properties, in-situ deformation, and nano-fabrication.

William L. Johnson

Ruben F. and Donna Mettler Professor of Engineering and Applied Science

William Johnson's research includes studies of metallic materials including liquid alloys, bulk metallic glasses, nanostructured metals, and metal-matrix composites. Also, applications of metallic glasses as structural materials in sporting goods, aircraft, and military hardware, etc.

Stevan Nadj-Perge

Assistant Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science

Stevan Nadj-Perge is interested in development of mesoscopic devices for applications in quantum information processing. Such devices also provide a playground for exploring exotic electronic states at (sub)-nano length scales. In his research, he is using scanning tunneling microscopy and electrical transport measurement techniques at cryogenic temperatures.