- Computational Materials Science
- Structural and Environmental Materials
Prof. Demkowicz works at the intersection of fundamental materials physics and computational design of structural materials, such as advanced composites or alloys. Core technologies such as energy, infrastructure, and transportation push available materials to their performance limits. The Demkowicz group uses computational tools to design advanced structural materials needed to make energy cheaper and cleaner, infrastructure safer and longer-lasting, and remote parts of earth and space easier to access. In 2012, Professor Demkowicz received the NSF CAREER award and the TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow award for his work on interface engineering.
In 2015, Prof. Demkowicz was awarded a NEET R&D award to collaborate with colleagues at the University of Nebraska on “Radiation tolerance and mechanical properties of nanostructured amorphous-ceramic/metal composites”. The award for just under $1M supports a non-traditional approach to design amorphous-ceramic/metal composites for service in extreme irradiation environments. Rather than try to prevent microstructure changes in polycrystalline aggregates, researchers will evolve composite systems where one of the constituents is intentionally synthesized in a non-crystalline or “amorphous” state. These materials may serve as the basis for developing a new class of structural materials with unprecedented resistance to radiation.