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IRG-1: Magnetic Intermetallic Mesostructures

Remarkable electrical, magnetic, and thermal phenonmena exist in functional intermetallics, and this richness stands to be amplified via multiscale microstructural design capable of further unlocking and harnessing their properties.  Hierarchically structured thermoelectric materials with high figures of merit exemplify the power and promise of this multiscale approach.  The materials challenge addressed in this IRG is to understand and develop unprecedented control over the couplings between strain, magnetization, and temperature (entropy) in single- and multiphase intermetallic compounds.  The long-term outcome of this research will be design rules for novel intermetallics that display engineered magnetoelastic and magnetocaloric responses to external fields, which will provide a fundamental advance capable of impacting technologies of actuation and solid-state refrigeration.

IRG-1 Meetings: Weekly on Thursdays, 1:00pm


Dan Gianola (Co-leader) Materials
Stephen Wilson (Co-leader) Materials
Irene Beyerlein Mechanical Engineering and Materials, UCSB
Samantha Daly Mechanical Engineering
Ania Jayich Physics
Bolin Liao Mechanical Engineering
Tresa Pollock Materials
Ram Seshadri Chemistry/Materials
Anton Van der Ven Materials


Olivier Thomas Aix-Marseille
Marc de Graef CMU
Leon Balents Physics / KITP, UCSB