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Our team of scientists uses computational and theoretical methodologies to understand and address fundamental problems in materials science and engineering. Collectively, we have a broad spectrum of research interests with myriad applications. We use our understanding to design advanced materials that impact the way we live, including functional materials, smart materials, aerospace, nanostructured materials and materials for energy efficiency.


Research Topics


  • Development of New Aluminum Alloys
    Our group working with Collins Aerospace developed new aluminum alloys. The research was highlighted by ASM International. https://www.asminternational.org/home/-/journal_content/56/10180/40278982/NEWS  Study indicates AlCe and AlCo aluminum binary alloys could be suitable for 3D-printing April 20, 2020 Source: ASM International Researchers from the University of Connecticut, Pratt & Whitney, and Collins Aerospace collaborated in an 18-month study in […]
    Posted on April 27, 2020
  • Thomas and Sanjeev Published in Physical Review B!
    This research is a uniquely rigorous and systematic study of the effect of exchange-correlation functionals (XCFs) (in the framework of density functional theory) on the outcome of geometric and electronic structure calculations in layered binary chalcogenide (A2B3) systems. Abstract Topological insulators (TIs) are materials that are insulating in the bulk but have zero band-gap surface […]
    Posted on March 28, 2020
  • Congrats! Ayana and Dennis Earn Top Distinction in Scientific Reports
    Ayana Ghosh's and Dennis Trujillo's article,  Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Lanthanum and Strontium Doped Bismuth Ferrite: A First-Principles Study, received 2,603 article downloads in 2019, placing it as one of the top 100 downloaded physics papers for Scientific Reports in 2019. Scientific Reports published more than 1,072 physics papers in 2019, and so a position […]
    Posted on March 9, 2020
  • Kevin, Sanjubala and Colleagues Published in Clays and Clay Minerals
    DFT was used to determine counter-hydrogen ion retention strength in Montmorillonite clays, a common aluminosilicate mineral found in soil, as a measure of cation adsorption strength. Results show that impurity Mg-Fe separation distance is responsible for three possible adsorption strengths regimes and are consistent with experimental data. Abstract Although multiple types of adsorption sites have long […]
    Posted on March 9, 2020
  • Uche Was Inducted Into The John Lof Leadership Academy
    Uche was inducted into the John Lof Leadership Academy, an exclusive society for UConn Engineering graduate students. https://www.flickr.com/photos/uconnengineering/albums/72157711694319216   https://www.flickr.com/photos/uconnengineering/49033203893/in/album-72157711694319216/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/uconnengineering/49033927357/in/album-72157711694319216/ (Photo Credit: Christopher LaRosa/UConn)     John Lof Leadership Academy Mission Without culturally competent visionaries that are able to communicate, collaborate, and create, there would be no progress in society. The John Lof Leadership […]
    Posted on November 26, 2019