Advanced characterization is a core field of expertise for UConn. A large and diverse number of engineers, scientists, and graduate students collaborate using specialized instruments and lab resources to probe the internal structure and properties of various materials. The endeavors often directly support the needs of UConn’s industry partners. Our research and expertise in this field encompasses the following areas and more:
- Nanostructured materials (metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites)
- Self-assembled organizations and bio-inspired materials
- Catalysts, light-harvesting, water-splitting, and energy-storing materials
- Advanced membranes, stimuli-responsive structures, ferroelectrics, and multiferroics
While these capabilities are available to industry today, the UConn Tech Park will house a more centralized advanced materials characterization facility when it opens in early 2017.
Eric Jordan, Ph.D.
United Technologies Professor of Advanced Materials Processing, Mechanical Engineering
- Materials behavior and stress analysis
- Solution precursor plasma spray coatings
- Dense and optical ceramics
- Laser diagnostic of coatings and laser cleaning
- Health prediction and monitoring testing and modeling for thermal barrier coatings
Leslie Loew, Ph.D.
Director of the Berlin Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling - UConn Health Center. Boehringer Ingelheim Chair in Cell Sciences Professor of Cell Biology and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Mark Aindow, Ph.D.
Professor, MSE & Associate Director, IMS
- Metal alloys
- Nanocomposite coatings
- Microstructural development
- Catalytic nanomaterials
Prabhakar Singh, Ph.D.
UTC Endowed Chair Professor, Materials Science & Engineering; Director of the Center for Clean Energy Engineering Director; Director of the Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation
Radenka Maric, Ph.D.
Professor, Executive Director, Innovation Partnerships & Tech Park, SOE Named Professor in Sustainable Energy
- thin film technology
- batteries and fuel cells
Rainer Hebert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Material Science; Director of Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center (AMIC)
- Additive manufacturing alloy development
- Additive manufacturing process capabilities
- Rapid solidification
- Metallic glasses-crystalization
Selective laser sintering (additive manufacturing)
Wafer scanners (semiconductor manufacturing system)
Robotics and human-machine interactions
- System design and controls in additive manufacturing
- Adaptive control and ultra high-precision servo
- High-speed vision-based servo