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Dr. Branden Kappes
Branden is an NSF postdoctoral fellow currently working on materials development for lithium-ion
batteries, as well as on the properties epitaxial graphene on metallic and semiconductor
substrates. Branden has earned his PhD at the Colorado School of Mines in Computational Materials
and his Masters in Materials Science from the University of Utah. He joined the group
in July 2009, and since then he also worked on the stability and electronic properties of
graphene nanostructures, control of the electronic properties via impurities, interaction of
defects on oxide surfaces, and atomistic descriptions of the material properties of Li-Al silicates.
Abbas is a graduate research assistant currently working on the electronic
properties of graphene on metals. He joined the group in August 2009 and
is pursuing his PhD in Computational Materials Science. He has earned his
Master and Bachelor in Materials Science from Isfahan University of
Technology in Iran. Abbas has been working on the
electronic properties of graphene on different substrates.
Will joined the group in January 2010 and is working towards his PhD in
Computational Materials Science. He earned his Bachelors degree in
Physics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and his Masters
degree in Applied Physics from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Will is currently studying the formation and interactions of vacancies
on oxide surfaces.
Dan is currently working towards his PhD in Computational Materials Science. He
began working with the group in June 2010 after completing his Bachelors degree in
Biomedical Engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute,
Indiana. Dan's research focuses on the computational modeling of virus deposition onto
various strongly- and weakly-interacting surfaces.
Badri is a PhD candidate in Materials Science co-advised with Prof. Ivar Reimanis.
He earned his Masters in Materials Science from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore,
India for his work on development of a phase field model to study the evolution of
microstructure during epitaxial growth of binary alloy thin films. He joined Colorado
School of Mines in Fall 2008 and has worked on density functional calculations of
elastic properties of lithium aluminum silicates (LAS) and parametrization of a
reactive force field (ReaxFF) for Li-Al-Si-O systems. Currently, his work focusses
on atomistic description of phase transformations in LAS ceramics, characterization
of new LAS phases formed under various conditions of pressure and temperature to determine
their crystal structure, elastic and vibrational properties through molecular dynamic
simulations using ReaxFF.
Bhavin pursues his PhD in Chem. Eng. and is coadvised with Prof. Agarwal.
His work is focused on molecular dynamics simulations or amorphous surfaces
and thin films, synthesis of amorphous carbon, and advanced surface
Keith is a PhD candidate in Computer Science coadvised with Prof. Mehta.
His work focuses on developing new evolutionary techniques for structural
optimization based on applying dynamic learning concepts that improve
the control over the acceptance rate of crossover operations.
Teresa joined the group in May 2006, and has been an undergraduate
researcher for two years. She graduated in 2008 with a double major,
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She has worked on a variety
of structure optimization and surface science problems, before entering
the Graduate School. Teresa was awarded the National Science Foundation
graduate fellowship to pursue her PhD in Engineering at CSM.
(BSc 2008, Eng.-Civil) Tim has studied the indentation of ceramic nanowires
laid down on a substrate. He calculated the contact stiffness for realistic
contact geometries realized between atomic force microscopy tips and AlN
nanowires with triangular shapes. Tim coauthored a paper recently accepted
for publication in Nanotechnology.
(BSc 2007, Metallurgical and Materials Eng.) Damon has started to work on the
atomic structure of the Si(103) surface during a class project for "Physics of Crystal
Surfaces", and continued his research thereafter. He also studied the effect of stress
on the reconstructed silicon and germanium surfaces with the (103) orientation, and
has coauthored a paper in Applied Physics Letters.
(MSc-thesis, 2007) Aaron started in his senior year to work on finding the lowest-energy
shape of ultra-thin nanowires. He graduated in May 2005 with a Bachelors in Engineering
and has earn his Masters degree working on finding the optimal cross sections and
studying the mechanical response on fcc metal nanowires. He is currently with the
Design Engineering group at ATK Launch Systems in Brigham City, UT.
Ryan M. Briggs
(MSc-thesis, 2006) Ryan joined the group in September 2004 as a senior student
and worked on analyzing the interaction of defects on the Si(001)surface. Upon graduation
with a BSc. in Applied Physics in May 2005, he entered the graduate program in
Engineering (Mechanical) and worked on diverse problems regarding the structure of high
index semiconductor surfaces. He studied the influence of strain and hydrogen passivation
on the energetics of the Si(105) surface and designed from scratch an optimization
algorithm for finding the structure of arbitrarily oriented steps on high-index
semiconductor surfaces. He defended his Masters Thesis in April 2006 and won the
National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship in the same month.
Ryan is currently pursuing his PhD degree at Caltech.