From prescription drugs to cookware to computer chips, many materials that are used every day are made of crystals that possess special properties. The properties of any material are largely determined by how its atoms are arranged. For crystalline materials, the atomic arrangement, as well as the arrangement of crystals themselves, influence their physical behaviour. Many modern synthetic materials have intentionally tailored atomic or crystal arrangements. Knowing how atoms are arranged in new compounds is fundamental to understanding how to design materials chemically and physically to obtain desired properties (e.g. for use in new electronic devices). This interdisciplinary research area brings together scientists and engineers who wish to understand the fundamental behaviour of technologically important materials, such as catalysts, ionic conductors, superconductors, alloys, ceramics, cements, magnets, and radioactive waste forms.
Examples of ongoing research include: Magnetic, electronic and transport properties of materials, nanostructures, superalloys, complex minerals, phononic crystals
Participating Researchers: Bieringer, Caley, Chaturvedi, Hawthorne, Hu, Kroeker, Page, Ojo, Richards, Roshko, Southern, van Lierop, Wang, Williams