Functional Materals and Systems Under Extreme Environments

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Next generation energy, information, and transportation technologies rely on materials that can withstand extreme environments. Reaching the intrinsic limit of materials performance in extreme environments demands an understanding of the atomic and molecular effects of physical and chemical processes in bulk structures and at the surface/interface of materials. Our group provides research and educational opportunities for expanding the scientific understanding of materials interactions with energetic particle fluxes (charged particles, photons and neutrons), electro-magnetic fields, chemical environments, and high temperature and heat flux. Our research efforts enable advances in materials science and create a scientific and engineering base for providing critical knowledge toward the progress of electronics for ultraviolet/thermal energy harvesting in space, space propulsion, fusion energy, and plasma-aided material synthesis.



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