His research focuses on ferroic functional materials and their applications in clean energy and energy efficiency applications. Current research directions include caloric materials, such as elastocaloric materials for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, refrigeration; application and magnetocaloric materials for gas liquefaction; advanced soft magnetic materials, such as high silicon electrical steel for inductors, transformers, and motors; permanent magnetic materials, such as Mn-based, rare-earth-free permanent magnetic materials and rare-earth permanent magnets with high toughness; high temperature anti-ferroelectric capacitor materials; and ferroelastic shape memory alloys. The overall materials development strategy is theory guided high throughput experimentation, utilizing DFT-based computation to identify alloy composition space and combinatorial bulk synthesis and scanning materials characterization techniques to discover, and down-select candidate compositions. He holds joint positions with Ames Laboratory and the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Iowa State University.
He is the associate director for Materials Engineering and Manufacturing for the National Energy Technology’s (NETL) Research and Innovation Center (R&IC). He is responsible for NETL’s applied materials science capability, which is engaged in developing functional and structural materials to enable efficient and effective fossil based advanced power generation and resource recovery. He has a bachelor’s from Drexel University and doctorate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, both in materials engineering. His research has encompassed the abrasive wear of sintered titanium matrix–ceramic particle reinforced composites; the effect of manganese additions on the reactive evaporation of chromium in nickel–chromium alloys; and the electrochemical corrosion measurements of carbon steel in supercritical carbon dioxide. He is co-inventor of nine U.S. patents, published over 50 peer-reviewed scholarly articles, and a recipient of two prestigious R&D 100 Awards for technology commercialization. In 2009, his technical contributions were recognized by ASM-International, as he was awarded a society fellowship for the development of novel materials and surface structures for power generation and high temperature applications.
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