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Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory - Nanoceramics
The Nanoceramics Lab is a division 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 picture shows Bainer Hall (at UC Davis), where one of the labs is located. Other facilities are located in Chem Annex in the same campus.

Meet Our Team

Sanchita Dey.
Post-doc. Research on nanostability of ceramics and radiation tolerance.
Dongtao Jiang.
Associate Researcher. Working on self-sensing and mechanical/thermodynamics behavior of nanoceramics.
Ben (Chi-Hsiu) Chang.
Ph.D. Candidate. Research on thermochemistry of nanosintering using SnO(2) as model material.
Jorgen Rufner.
Graduate Student. Research on field asssited sintering combining thermochemistry and in-situ TEM analysis.
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.
Undergraduate Student. Research on nanostability of doped MgAl2O4 and radiation tolerance effecs.
Nazia Nafsin.
Graduate Student. Research on nanostability and radiation tolerance of doped YSZ.
Heloisa Althoff.
Undergraduate Student from Brazil. Research on synthesis and phase stability of titanium dioxide.
Dachamir Hotza.
Research scholar (postdoc) from Brazil working on field assited sintering processes and nano-titania.
Yongsheng (Johnny) Sun.
Undergraduate Student. Working on electrophoretic deposition and flash sintering of YSZ.
Andres Soohoo.
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.


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 .

Affiliations

Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory Our group is a part of this unique laboratory, check the website!


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