This research group works at the intersection of nanotechnology and materials science using theory, computer simulation and experimental approaches. Our general interest lies in examining how sample size, microstructure (in particular, twin boundaries) and surface structure can influence mechanical and thermoelectric properties in low-dimensional materials at the nanoscale. We currently study new nanoscale systems such as twinning superlattice nanowires in metals and semiconductors, carbon nanofibers and graphene. An outcome of this research is the strong potential for novel properties and mechanisms to be discovered at the atomic scale like giant strengthening effects and nanoscale thermoelectric power generation. To this end, we make extensive use of state-of-the-art atomistic simulation techniques, as well as of atomic force microscopy-based experiments for the discovery of new properties. The laboratory is located in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.


Current Research Projects:

Plasticity of Metallic Nanowires
(Sponsor: National Science Foundation-CAREER award)
Thermoelectric Nanowires for Energy Harvesting
(Sponsor: Vermont Space Grant Consortium)
Mechanical Properties in Carbon Nanofibers
(Sponsor: NASA EPSCoR)
Mechanical Properties in Graphene
(Sponsor: NASA EPSCoR)
Past Projects:
Mechanical Behavior of Nanocrystalline Thin Films
Contact information:
Prof. Frederic Sansoz
he University of Vermont
School of Engineering, 201B Votey Hall
33 Colchester avenue, Burlington, VT 05405, USA
frederic.sansoz@uvm.edu; 802-656-3837 (tel); 802-656-1929 (fax)
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