Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science - Materials Science
Starting January 2020:
Joseph L. Falson
Joseph L. Falson

Joseph Falson's research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of quantum materials that display emergent functionalities. The group specializes in the thin-film growth of high quality crystals and their physical evaluation in extreme environments, including at low temperature and high magnetic field.

Faculty

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 quantum and nanophotonics, metamaterials and metasurfaces, artificial photosynthesis, two-dimensional materials, nano- and micro-structured photovoltaics, space solar power and plasmonics.

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Marco Bernardi

Assistant Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science

Marco Bernardi's research focuses on theoretical and computational materials physics. His group develops new first-principles methods to investigate electron transport, ultrafast dynamics and light-matter interactions in materials. Applications of this research include electronics, optoelectronics, ultrafast spectroscopy, energy and quantum technologies.

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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.

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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.

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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. This has expanded to other thermophysical properties. The second is on new materials for energy storage, especially H-storage materials.

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William A. Goddard, III

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

Goddard has been a pioneer in developing methods for quantum mechanics (QM), force fields (FF), reactive dynamics (ReaxFF RD), electron dynamics (eFF), molecular dynamics (MD), and Monte Carlo (MC) predictions on chemical, catalytic, and biochemical materials systems

Current Activities focus on

Electrocatalysis and photo Electrocatalysis to convert water to H2 and O2 (solar fuels), reduce CO2 to organics and alcohols

Hydrogen fuel cells: cathode catalysts for reducing O2 and protons to water

Batteries: characterizing the solid-electrolyte interface’ new electrolytes

homogenous and heterogeneous  catalysis to activate CH4, alkanes, and N2 to valuable materials

Increasing ductility or strength of thermoelectrics, semiconductors, and ceramics by introducing twins or modifying grain boundaries

Multiscale reactive simulations to design and simulate improved materials (Materials Genomics)

Predicting structure and function of membranes bound proteins (particularly GPCRs)

In silico development of new pharma

Simulations of energetic materials and composites under extreme conditions

Viscosity modifiers for secondary oil recovery and for engine lubricants

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Julia R. Greer

Ruben F. and Donna Mettler Professor of Materials Science, Mechanics and Medical Engineering

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

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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.

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Emeriti

William L. Johnson

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

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.

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