Functional Materials

Functional Materials deals with the development of materials that possess native properties and functions, such as ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, magnetism and energy storage. Functional materials are found across all classes of materials, including ceramics, metals, polymers and organic molecules; they are typically used in electromagnetic applications and in materials for energy applications, such as electro- and magneto- caloric materials for energy storage or solar harvesting functions.

This is a major strength of the School and we have several high performing research groups active in this field. 

Research Interests
  • Band gap modification of semiconductors
  • Nanostructured electrodes for photoelectrochemical cells
  • Semiconductors for photocatalysis
  • Density functional theory studies of semiconductors
  • Nanoparticles
  • Smart coatings and films
  • Gas Sensors
  • Catalysts
  • Self-assembly
  • Computational simulation
  • Dielectric properties of fly ash
  • Use of carbon nano tubes in biomaterials
  • Study of polyetheretherketone in biomedical applications
  • Electronic and photonic materials
  • Advanced multifunctional materials
  • Molecular beam epitaxy and interface engineering
  • Iron-based soft magnetic materials
  • Energy materials
  • Advanced scanning probe microscopy
  • Nanomaterials and materials interfaces
  • Semiconducting oxides
  • Magnetic and ferroelectric materials
  • Photovoltaic materials
  • Electrochromic materials
  • Advanced x-ray spectroscopy and imaging (synchrotron)
  • Neutron reflectometry
  • Ferroelectric thin films
  • Multiferroics
  • Oxide epitaxy
  • Emergent phenomena at oxide interfaces
  • Scanning probe microscopy
  • Thin film technology and physics
  • Lead-free piezoelectric materials
  • Ferroelectric materials for electron, phontonic and photovoltaic applications
  • Self-assembly of oxide nanostructures
  • Magnetic semiconductor materials and spintronic devices
  • Oxide electronics
  • Magnetic material
Group Members
Research Fellows
Relevant Undergraduate Courses
  • MATS2001 - Physical Properties of Materials
  • MATS2003 - Materials Characterisation
  • MATS2006 - Diffusion and Kinetics
  • MATS3001 - Micromechanisms of Mechanical Behaviour of Metals
  • MATS3005 - Phase Transformations
  • MATS4002 - Design with Advanced Ceramics
  • MATS4005 - Composites and Functional Materials
  • MATS4007 - Engineered Surfaces to Resist Corrosion and Wear


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