Outside the Classroom

  • “What It Takes” WYSE Virtual Summer Camp ~ Materials Science – materials for energy units
  • Gender Equity in Materials Science summer camp ~ Electrochemistry / energy materials units
  • Franklin STEAM Academy / MRSEC ~ Materials for Sustainable Energy classroom lessons & demos
  • MRSEC REU ~ research/career development talks
  • UMASS Lowell WAVES program ~ career development seminar, mentoring discussions
  • Advising student leadership for Keramos and UIUC Electrochemical society student groups
  • Kaler lecture for general public at Staerkel Planetarium
  • ARISE program at UIUC ~ classroom presentations (student-led)
  • Urbana Public Library activities (student-led)
  • Franklin after school program activities (student-led)

UIUC Courses

MSE 422: Electrical Ceramics

Electrical ceramics, from insulators to conductors, and magnetic and optical materials; the role of the processing cycle and microstructure development on the design and performance of electrical components; capacitors, resistors, and inductors; structure-property relations for pyro-, piezo-, and ferroelectric materials; perovskite and spinel based structures; varistors, thermistors, transducers, actuators, memory elements, multilayered components, and their applications. Design project.

Spring semester, 3 credit hours.

MSE 522: Solid State Ionics

Solid state ionic materials applied in energy conversion, energy storage, catalysis, sensing, responsive coatings, neuromorphic computing, and memory. Underlying point defect behavior, i.e., transport and reactions, through equilibrium thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and irreversible thermodynamics. Practical solid state electrochemistry techniques and case studies.

Fall semester, 4 credit hours.

MSE 201: Phases and Phase Relations

Understanding microstructure. Quantitative examination of phases (crystalline and non-crystalline structures) and the relationships between phases (phase diagrams). Commercial practices for producing desired microscopic phase configurations and macroscopic shapes (processing). 3 credit hours.

Fall semester (2022 onward), 3 credit hours.

MSE 404FC: Functional Ceramics Lab

Fall semester. [404FC postponed in 2020 due to covid-19 and not yet reinstated]

MSE 595: Colloquium

Spring & fall semesters 2018-2019; 2019-2020.

MSE 529: Hard Materials Seminar

Co-taught. Spring & fall semesters 2020-2021.

Senior Design Project

Spring 2019: The team working with our group designed, synthesized, and characterized new “triple conducting oxides” for intermediate temperature energy conversion applications.