About the Interfacial Multiphysics Lab
The Interfacial Multiphysics Lab focuses on answering the following research questions:
Q1: How does a material microstructure evolve during processing (Making of Material) or during evolution (Birth of Material)?
Q2: Does a material's microstructure (or mesostructure or macrosctucture) play an important role in determining performance of material? A lot of engineering problems can be solved without microstructure. Then, why bother? Can material microstructure be represented by a number/variable?
Q3: If material microstructure is indeed important, then what are the roles of material defining features, that range in scale from atomic to meter length scale, in determining material behavior? What must be taken into account and what can simply be ignored?
Q4: If conventional material microstructures/mesostructures/macrostructures do not serve their purpose, can one explore nature to suggest new material designs?
Q5: Are conventional experiments appropriate for discovering new structure-property relationships in materials? What fundamental experimental advances could be made in order to facilitate faster and thorough answer to the above questions?
These questions are challenging. Our lab members try to attempt to solve these questions using a suite of tools developed in our lab that are further described on the Research sub-page.
Below are a couple of articles that mention two research sub-topics that were addressed in past by the lab.