Synergistic approach to EMREL research activities combining multiscale simulations with experimental materials processing, characterization, mechanism informed property measurements.
EMREL’s research is focused on the science of interface engineered materials with
a common theme of tailoring interfaces across multiple length scales ranging from
the atomic (solute segregation at grain boundaries) and nanoscale (chemical heterogeneities
in multiphase systems) to collective responses of tailored microstructures that govern
thermal, mechanical, and radiation stability under extremes. We couple computational
materials design frameworks with novel processing methods including additive manufacturing
approaches to introduce key microstructural features for enhancing stability and performance
of materials. Multi-modal characterization tools bring together synchrotron x-ray
techniques with advanced electron microscopy (in situ, high resolution, analytical,
etc.), thus affording EMREL group members the opportunity to use state-of-the-art
facilities at national laboratories with a significant body of work leveraging the
NSLS-II and CFN at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Measurement of thermophysical and
nanomechanical properties allow for processing-structure-property relationships to
be constructed and used in performance predictions via finite element modeling with
mechanistic insights gained through atomistic simulations.