First Principles Calculations of Transition Metal Oxides
Van de Walle Computational Group, UC Santa Barbara (Ongoing)
Density functional theory (DFT) offers a powerful way to predict and understand material properties from a first principles basis. The project currently in progress is using DFT to characterize and understand the electronic and transport properties of perovskites for applications in electronic devices.
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Structural Health Monitoring in Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Composites
MIT NECST Lab, with Prof. Brian L. Wardle (Fall 2011- Spring 2013)
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have remarkable electronic and mechanical properties that have yet to be fully realized on the macroscopic scale. This project aimed to understand how various architectures and growth processes of CNTs influenced the structural health monitoring ability of the composite via changes in electrical resistance and the resistance to fracture via tensile testing. The work was done in collaboration with Metis Design Corporation. Thesis report here.
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