We have interests in pursuing investigations of key interfacial variables of nanosized ionic and mixed conductors in one, two and three dimensions. Based on the precise knowledge of such variables our goal is to develop new types of electrochemical devices such as intermediate temperature fuel cells and sensors by utilizing/manipulating the interfaces of the materials. Our main experimental techniques are AC impedance spectroscopy and DC measurements (potentiometric and galvanometric). Research Interests: Solid oxide fuel cells, nanograined solid electrolytes, ZnO nanowires, one-dimensional nanostructured conductors, proton conducting cermaic membranes.
Research is focused on measuring intermolecular and intersurface forces in complex fluid systems with an emphasis on polymers, polyelectrolytes, biomembranes, and bio-mimetic materials in order to develop new materials with useful properties. Research Interests: Neutron / X-ray Scattering in Thin Layers at Interfaces, Nanoassembly and Smart Films, Ligand-Receptor Interactions and Cellular Adhesion, Lipid Phase Behavior, Membrane Fusion.
We develop and combine quantitative microscopy techniques to gain knowledge of the structure, transport, thermodynamics, and mechanics of synthetic lipid bilayer membrane and monolayer systems. These serve as models of real biological membranes, and in some cases have technological applications that are easily identified (e.g. drug delivery devices). Our two recent research foci are domains/rafts in lipid bilayer membranes and lipid monolayer stabilized micron-scale bubbles. Research Interests: Lipid Domain Pixelation Patterns, Lipid Bilayer Properties, Atomic Force Microscopy and Fluorescence Microscopy of Lipid Bilayers, Microbubbles, Biointerphases, Biomembranes, Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Our research focuses on synthesis, characterization, and mechanical testing of nanocrystalline materials. Materials of current curiosity include superplastic AZM ceramics, intermetallics, metallic glasses, optical ceramics, and carbon nanotube-reinforced alumina. Research Interests: High Temperature Creep, Plasticity and Deformation Mechanisms, Superplasticity and Mechanical Properties of Advanced Ceramics, and Ceramic Composites.
Materials synthesis and how synthesis conditions affect a materialís microstructure and ultimately its functional properties lie at the heart of the discipline of Materials Science & Engineering. A number of faculty at UC Davis (Lavernia, Schoenung, Mukherjee, van Benthem, Castro, Groza, Munir) have been and continue at the forefront of the use of sintering for the synthesis of new materials. Research Interests: Combustion Synthesis and Processing of Materials, Synthesis of Functionally Graded Composite Materials by Centrifugally-Assisted Combustion, Field-Assisted Combustion Synthesis, Multi-Layer Combustion Systems, Development of SHS-Diagrams.
We do fundamental work on colloid and surface science, nanotechnology, self-assembled monolayers, Langmuir-Blodgett films, supported lipid bilayers, reactive transport in colloids, biotechnology, electrochemical engineering, and membrane transport. Our work is of multidisciplinary nature and I have collaborated with researchers inside and outside the USA. We have research collaborations with Dr. Alexandr Noy at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on using single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) and silicon nanowires as biosensors, with Prof. Young Soo Kang of Pukyong National University, Pusan, Korea, Prof. Y.C. Ke from the Petroleum University, Beijing, China and Dr. Jarek Majewski of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Research Interests: Nanoporous Membranes for Protein Separation, Template Directed Synthesis of Nanotubes, Nanowires, and Nanocables, Molecular Coatings and Supported Lipid Bilayers, Kinetics of Adsorption and Desorption of Molecules on Surfaces, Supramolecular Structures on Surfaces, Electrochemical Processes on Electrodes to Improve Battery Performance, Nanostructured Solar Cells, Wavelet Analysis of AFM and SEM Images with Nanofeatures.