Functional materials possess native physiochemical properties and are found in all classes of materials, including ceramics, metals, polymers, and organic molecules. Examples include materials that possess catalytic activity, energy storage capability, photovoltaic properties, and a host of materials used in smart coating and thin film technologies.
The overarching theme of research in this area is rational design and development of materials with unique structures, properties, and functions. Topics include nano-scale self-assembly and organization (Guo, Khomami, Kilbey, Stein), nanoparticle and this film synthesis (Edwards, Dalhaimer, Guo, Laursen, Khomami), catalyst synthesis and characterization (Laursen, Khomami, Zawodzinski), development of material including bio-hybrid for variety of energy applications (Laursen, Kalyanaraman, Khomami, Kilbey, Sangoro, Stein, Zawodzinski). Areas of application include next generation electronics, printed electronics, renewable energy including high energy and power units, drug delivery, clean water, agro-chemicals.
Laursen’s a Catalyst for Change
Associate Professor Siris Laursen’s research focuses on catalysts and has lead to breakthroughs by taking new approaches to science.
Sangoro Adds Extra Salt
Associate Professor Joshua Sangoro and his research team are leveraging the power of an experimental technique called broadband dielectric spectroscopy.
Discovery by UT Engineers Makes Invisibility Tantalizingly Close
Ramki Kalyanaraman, a professor in both CBE and MSE, is part of a team that made a breakthrough in research that could lead to a better coupling of light and magnetism, which in turn could yield improvements in data storage, sensing, imaging, and optical communication.