Our group, a combined theoretical and experimental group at MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering department, studies the influence of materials' defects on energy transport and conversion processes at nanoscale, using unrestricted methods ranging from quantum field theory to sample growth. Currently, we are focusing on the following areas:
A few highlighted directions:
- Quantum defects theories: developing theories to study the impacts of complex defects- dislocations, grain boundaries, nano-precipitates - on energy materials' multiple functional properties - electrical, thermal and magnetic properties, at a microscopic quantum mechanical level.
- Single defect characterization: Instead of measuring bulk averaged properties, with modern nanotechnology, we are ready to measure the influence of single defect on materials multiple functional properties. It is expected to the one of the cleanest systems for defect studies.
- Artificial intelligence aided spectroscopy development: Many spectra are easy to collect but difficult to explain. Equipped artificial intelligence deep learning methods, we are able to extract more information which can hardly be obtained with traditional spectroscopies.
- Nanoscale radiation: With well-controlled nano-sized radiation source, the radiation matter interaction can also be studied with an unprecedented level of clarity. Many fundamentals concepts such as cross sections will be reexamined.