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Nanoceramics Thermochemistry Laboratory - NTL
The Nanoceramics Thermochemistry Laboratory is a partner of the Peter A. Rock Thermo Lab and is dedicated to perform research on thermochemistry of nanocrystalline ceramic materials, ceramic processing, and application oriented research on nanocomposites. The main location of the lab is at Kemper Hall, UC Davis, and with extensive shared facilities at Chem Annex Chem Annex in the same campus. The logo represents a thermopile in shape of star, a design that enables highly sensitive measurements and extensively used in our research.

Meet Our Team

Sanchita Dey.
Post-doc. Research on nanostability of ceramics and radiation tolerance.
Geetu Sharma.
Post-doc. Research on synthesis and stability of nanocrystalline oxides.
Ben (Chi-Hsiu) Chang.
Ph.D. Candidate. Research on thermochemistry of nanosintering using SnO(2) as model material.
Arseniy Bokov.
Graduate Student. Working on extension of Hall-Petch effect on nanocrystalline ceramics.
Md Hasan.
Graduate Student. Research on radiation tolerance of nanocrystalline aluminates.
John Drazin.
Graduate Student. Research on nanostructure control and radiation tolerance of doped Zirconia.
Jongjia Wu.
Ph.D. Candidate. Research on thermochemistry, sintering, and radiation tolerance of cerium oxide.
Olaf Sorensen.
Undergraduate Student. Research on stability of doped MgAl2O4.
Dereck Muche.
Graduate Student. Research on nanostability of doped MgAl2O4 and radiation tolerance effecs. (Brazilian Fellowship)
Nazia Nafsin.
Graduate Student. Research on nanostability and radiation tolerance of doped YSZ.
Apple Li.
Graduate Student. Working on Thermodynamics of Sintering in YSZ.
Robson Grosso.
Visitng PhD Student working on Phase Diagrams of Nanocrystalline Sandia Zirconia. (Brazilian Fellowship)
Rubia Zampiva.
Visitng PhD Student working on Synthesis and doping of nanostructured fosterites (Brazilian Fellowship).
Andre Silva.
Brazilian Graduate Student. Working on titania nanoparticles. (Brazilian Fellowship)
Pilar Hidalgo.
Visiting Scholar. Working on tin dioxide gas sensors.


Past Members





Dat Quach.
As Post-doc. Research on nanograined materials and interface energetics and radiation tolerance.
Beibei Wang.
As a Graduate Student. Worked on Titania phase transition and Lithium based oxides.
Calvin Quan.
As an Undergraduate Student. Worked on precursor influence on the sintering of YSZ materials.
Serah Thomas.
AS an Undergraduate Student. Worked on porcelain thoughening mechanisms.
Corey Wolin.
As an Undergraduate Student. Worked on impact dampening nanostructured polymers.
Ben Molinari.
As an Undergraduate Student. Worked on self-sensing ceramic structures.
Emmi Ngo.
Jr. Specialist. Engineer responsible for the projects on carbon nanotubes doped impact resistant nanoceramics.
Allex Cabral.
Undergraduate Student from Brazil. Research on synthesis of nanoparticles for application as biofuel catalysts.
Tien Tran.
Collaborative Post-doc. Working on transparent MgO nanocrystalline ceramics.
David Anderson.
Volunteer. Engineer working on the synthesis and sintering of Magnesium Aluminate.
Craig Dearden.
As an Undergraduate Student. Worked on Lithium based oxides, and general nanoceramic processing.
Shmulik Hayun.
As a Post-Doc. Worked on Magnesium Oxide nanoparticles synthesis and thermodynamics.
Melissa Lum.
As an Undergraduate Student. Research on the synthesis and sintering of Nickel Oxide.
David Loyola.
As a Visiting Undergraduate Student. Worked on impact resistance of nanostructure ceramics (Captain America Project)
Abigail Bonifacio.
As an Undergraduate Student. Research on synthesis and sintering of zinc aluminates.
Hanry Yang.
As an Undergraduate Student. Working on porcelain thoughening mechanism using nanostructured zirconia.
Erick Ribeiro.
As an Undergraduate Student from Brazil. Research on SnO2 based gas Sensors .
Dongtao Jiang.
Associate Researcher. Working on self-sensing and mechanical/thermodynamics behavior of nanoceramics.
Jorgen Rufner.
Graduate Student. Research on field asssited sintering combining thermochemistry and in-situ TEM analysis.
Heloisa Althoff.
Undergraduate Student from Brazil. Research on synthesis and phase stability of titanium dioxide.
Dachamir Hotza.
Research scholar from Brazil worked on field assited sintering processes and nano-titania. (Brazilian Fellowship)
Andres Soohoo.
Undergraduate Student. Working on electrophoretic deposition and flash sintering of YSZ.
Yongsheng (Johnny) Sun.
Undergraduate Student. Working on electrophoretic deposition and flash sintering of YSZ.
Mingming Gong.
Visitor PhD student. Working on modelling of grain growth and sintering of YSZ.

Affiliations

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