Research interests

The general theme of our research is the application of appropriate theoretical techniques to explain and predict interfacial and materials phenomenon of direct experimental relevance. A strong connection with experimental measurements such as scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), low energy electron microscopy (LEEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is made. A wide range of theoretical and computational techniques are employed including analytical solutions to stochastic differential equations with noise, equations of elasticity, numerical solutions to algebraic equations, Monte Carlo simulations, molecular dynamics, and ab initio density functional theory calculations.

For some examples see my publications.

Current funding for our group comes from the (i) DARPA, (ii) Air Force, (iii) NSF, and (iv) State of Ohio.

Current student: Mr. Sunil Patil of MIME department. Mr. Patil has been primarily involved with computations on properties of binary and ternary transition metal nitrides and carbides. More recently he has started working on silicon nanowires.

Past student: Mr. Jacob A. Warner of the department of physics at the University of Wisconsin was an REU student in our group for the summer of 2005. He worked with Mr. Patil on some MAX phases of thalium. Their joint work has been published in Appl. Phys. Letts.


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