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Materials Science at Oregon State University

Discovering New Functional Materials: Rational Design versus Serendipity

Date: Thursday, Oct 21st
Presenter: Mas Subramanian, Milton Harris Professor of Materials Science, Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA


Discovery of new functional materials is an important first step that leads to applications in next generation devices that fulfill many societal needs. Normally rational design based on structure/property relationships is employed to discover new materials with hitherto unknown structures or isostructural to existing family of compounds (e.g. perovskite, pyrochlore) with targeted properties. However, such discovery research frequently (and fortunately) leads to unexpected but interesting materials with crystal structures and properties that are unprecedented. This talk will highlight some examples from ongoing discovery research in his group that resulted in many exciting new functional materials with unprecedented properties.

Professor Mas Subramanian received his Ph.D. degree in 1981 from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. He joined the group of Professor Abraham Clearfield [Texas A and M University, USA] as a postdoctoral fellow in 1982. In 1984, he joined Central Research and Development of DuPont Company (USA) as a research chemist and promoted to Senior Research Fellow in 2003. In 2006, he joined the Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University, USA as a Milton-Harris Professor of Materials Science. His research interest focus on the designing new inorganic solid state functional materials for emerging applications in electronics, solid-state energy conversion and other areas. He has authored over 260 publications and awarded 51 US patents. His publications have been cited more than >11,300 with a h-index of 49 (from Web of Science). He is the editor of two international journals (Solid State Sciences and Progress in Solid State Chemistry) and a member of the editorial board in Journal of Solid State Chemistry and Materials Research Bulletin. In 2004, he was awarded prestigious DuPont Charles Pedersen Medal Award for Excellence in Scientific and Technical Achievement.