Workshop on Electromagnetic Effects in Materials Synthesis

This inaugural 2-day workshop on Far-From-Equilibrium Effects in Electromagnetic Field-assisted Synthesis and Processing Sciences will focus on examining the role of experimentation and theoretical modeling in developing a fundamental understanding of the role of electromagnetic fields in the rational design and molecular scale synthesis of materials.

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We are a multidisciplinary team of electrical engineers, material scientists, mechanical engineers, physicists, and chemists. We study how processing using electromagnetic (EM) fields can disrupt the traditional “equilibrium” structure and consequently, the behavior or properties of materials. No available model can describe the interaction mechanisms between the field and the material. Experiments so far have failed to distinguish if the structural changes are a result of the EM field or thermal gradients that emerge during processing.

Our multidisciplinary research group explores these questions using a combination of experimental, computational, and data analytics tools. We apply the resulting knowledge to advance technology development in our thrust areas related to manufacturing, energy, and sensing.

We have extensive experience in the synthesis of inorganic (ceramic) and organic (polymeric) thin films using solution based sol-gel/microwave-assisted synthesis and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) polymerization. We carry out microscopic, spectroscopic and analytical characterization of thin films, as well micro/nano-fabrication processes for building and testing of devices

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Latest News

March 19, 2018:  

Prof. Jayan wins NSF CAREER Award for studying role of external field induced forces in ceramic manufacturing. Details here.

October 12, 2017:  

Prof. Jayan selected as one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Awardees – Press article

July 18, 2017:  

Article about Prof. Jayan’s Minecraft based learning approach published on CMU homepage.

July 10, 2017:  

Prof. Jayan wins Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Award 2017

June 8, 2017:  

JLab receives funding from Department of Energy (DOE) for ElectroCat Project led by CMU Prof. Shawn Litster. Press article

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B. Reeja Jayan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University
412 Scaife Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

phone: (412)268-4343
email: breejaATcmuDOTedu

Frivolous Fridays

  • JLAB organizes the first Minecraft & Manufacturing (M&M) Workshop for School Students.
  • Undergraduate seniors from Prof. Jayan’s course “materials and their processing for mechanical engineers” presented their Minecraft projects to middle school students
  • JLAB members participate in 2016 Summer Engineering Experience for Girls (SEE) Camp @CMU
  • JLab trip to Gelfand Center’s Fall 2015 Saturday Series
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