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Welcome to Computational Materials Physics Group at SIU-Carbondale.
Our research is focused on engineering electronic and thermal transport properties of nanoscale systems for device applications. This page is maintained to share our research findings/interests and teaching materials with those who are interested.
Most of our recent work are based on
ab-initio calculations. Current work involves electronic
band engineering of graphene related systems, and
investigating thermal transport in oxide based
nanostructures for thremoelectric applications.
Understanding the electronic and thermal
behavior in small devices is interesting because it allows
an appreciation of microscopic measurements in quantum
mechanical systems. Theoretical understanding is also very
useful to engineer new devices based on existing
experimental observations. Based on our studies, we try to
explain the existing experimental observations and also
suggest new ideas for further improvements in exisiting
findings. On the other hand, Computational/theoretical
physicist can work ahead of experimentalists suggesting
innovative ideas for new device applications.
It is fun to put a physical problem in to the computer
and analyze the results. It is pretty much like doing
experiments in the computer. If you are curious to
know more about our recent work, please visit the research
page or send an email.