Department of Physics and Astronomy
My research focus is on the phase transition of solids and their electron, phonon, and ion transport at high temperature and high pressure conditions. Materials of interests include strongly-correlated f-electron materials, superhard materials, iron-based superconductors, thermoelectric materials, and Li-rich superionic materials. With the help of in-house computation facility and petascale supercomputer in Oak Ridge National Lab, I apply and develop novel first-principles DFT and molecular dynamics methods and software packages to understand and predict new material behavior. Currently I am training three graduate students and one undergraduate student on various projects. I have published over 30 peer-reviewed papers and 20 presentations from HiPSEC-NNSA projects.
Farzana NasreenPostdoctoral Research Associate Department of Physics & Astronomy
I study strongly correlated electron behaviours such as heavy fermion behaviour, Kondo volume collapse and valence fluctuation phenomena in rare earth and actinide intermetallic and organometallic compounds. I use x-ray diffraction, x-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES), resonant x-ray emission spectroscopy (RXES) and physical bulk property measurements at low temperature-high magnetic field and high pressure conditions.