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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.
Much of our research sits at the intersection of structural and functional materials for carbon-free baseload energy production with a focus on processing-structure-property relationships and the impact of extreme environments.  Research projects are supported by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science and Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), National Science Foundation (NSF) programs, the Office of Naval Research, and industry.  Please follow the links below to learn more about our research.