FAR FROM EQUILIBRIUM MATERIALS LABORATORY (FEMLAB)
We study molecular scale materials engineering to disrupt the traditional “equilibrium” structure and consequently, the behavior or properties of materials. One classic example is a plastic, which we traditionally consider an insulator” that conducts electricity. Similar examples can also be seen in glass-like materials, which are traditionally not as mechanically strong as say metals, but can be made to be stronger by introducing molecular scale structural reinforcements.
Our multidisciplinary research has three goals:
- Design new (and re-discover old) far-from-equilibrium and hybrid materials incorporating organic, inorganic, and biological constituents at multiple length scales.
- Process these materials into precisely engineered, grafted interfaces with diverse materials like inorganic surfaces, polymers, and biomolecules.
- Investigate how the morphology and chemistry of these materials and their interfaces influence mass and charge transport. The resulting knowledge will significantly advance technology development in thrust areas like energy and biosensing.
We have extensive experience in synthesizing inorganic (ceramic) and organic (polymeric) thin films, powders, and interfaces 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 photovoltaic, battery, and sensing devices.
B. Reeja Jayan, Ph.D.
Materials Science & Engineering (courtesy)
Carnegie Mellon University
412 Scaife Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
- JLAB members participate in 2016 Summer Engineering Experience for Girls (SEE) Camp @CMU
- ENERGY FROM EVERYDAY THINGS
- JLab trip to Gelfand Center’s Fall 2015 Saturday Series
- Trying out “crazy” new ideas read more