Functional Materials

Functional Materials

Functional materials are characterized by their native properties and functions of their own, such as ferroelectricity, magnetism and light-interactive properties. These materials show a large response to small stimuli and are used in sensors, actuators, memory devices and energy harvesters. We develop multi-physics models to computationally engineer material microstructures and material properties, which drastically enhances material performance. For example, in our group we use phase-field methods to discover materials with increased reversibility, reduced hysteresis, and enhanced energy conversion capabilities.


Collaborators: John Huber University of Oxford, UK
                            Ingo Muench Karlsruhe Insitute of Technology, Germany

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