Research in the MSE Department; energy, nanomaterials, data analysis
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Zoom, link provided upon registration
Join our Zoom sessions with Clark School faculty to learn more about their research and how undergraduate students can get involved.
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering performs research in the areas of energy, nanomaterials, structural materials, data analysis, among others. My research focuses on the fabrication of nanocarbon metal composites for energy applications. In this project we form graphene nanoribbons inside metals by the application of a high current to the liquid metal mixed with carbon particles. The composites have enhanced electrical conductivity and hardness compared to the pure metal. These materials can be used for power transmission lines and other conducting wires and cables.
Lourdes Salamanca-Riba is a Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Maryland. Her research is in the areas of nanomaterials, self-assembly in semiconductor nanostructures, hybrid photovoltaics, solid oxide fuel cells and carbon nanostructures in metals called covetics. Her research focus is on the synthesis and characterization of materials using transmission electron microscopy. She has a BS degree in Physics from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City and a PhD degree also in Physics from MIT. She was a Senior Research Scientist at the GM Research Laboratory in Warren, MI prior to becoming a faculty member at the University of Maryland. Professor Salamanca-Riba is a member of the Materials Research Society, American Physical Society and the Microscopy Society of America.