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Materials for Energy and Sustainable Development Group

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The Functional Properties Group develops and disseminates measurement science, measurement standards, and measurement technology pertaining to the measurement of all functional properties of advanced materials and devices, including chemical, electrical, thermal, optical, and magnetic properties. The Group also determines and disseminates key data needed to establish the relationships between structure, functional properties, and performance of inorganic and hybrid materials and devices. The activities of the Functional Properties Group are carried out in three project areas: Combinatorial Measurement Methods, Nanocalorimetry, and Thermoelectric Measurements and Standards.

Programs/Projects

High-throughput (Combinatorial) "Foundry" for Inorganic Materials: "Data on Demand"—We develop combinatorial measurement methods and metrologies for the rapid generation of comprehensive and consistent datasets. Manufacturers of devices based on functional inorganic materials can …

Defect Structures and Electronic Properties of Graphene—Graphene and related materials have remarkable physical properties, such as high carrier mobilities. These properties provide many opportunities for applications, such as for novel high-speed …

Machine Learning for High Throughput Materials Discovery and Optimization Applications—We are developing machine learning algorithms to accelerate the discovery and optimization of advanced materials. These new algorithms form part of a data analysis system that integrates data …

Diffraction Metrology and Standards—Our objective is the development of Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) and quantitative, reproducible, and accurate measurement methods for characterization of any structure possessing spatial …

Carbon Mitigation Measurements—The global environmental problems caused by emission of CO2 (global warming, rising sea levels and increased acidity of oceans) must be abated. New solid sorbent materials are sought for CO2 …

Measurements and Standards for Thermoelectric Materials—Our goal is to develop standard reference materials (SRMs), measurement methodologies, and comprehensive data sets (Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity) for thin film …