Sara Kadkhodaei

    Email Address: sarakad@uic.edu
    College: Engineering Department: Civil and Materials Engineering
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: ERF 3073
    Webpage: https://cmrl.lab.uic.edu/
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Physical and mechanical properties of materials and the underlying phenomena in any materials-related process arise from the interaction and structure of basic constituents of matter. Owing to the progress of computer power, numerical simulations have become one of the most fundamental and reliable tools to unravel interactions at the electronic and atomic levels. In the Computational Materials Research Lab (CMRL), our research focuses on developing innovative theoretical and computational frameworks to bridge quantities at the electronic and atomic levels to materials formation, stability, and processes at the macroscopic level. Throughout our research efforts, we discover new materials with desired properties for a wide range of applications and unravel the underlying mechanisms for many materials-related phenomena.

    - Ab-initio-based modeling of thermodynamics and kinetics in alloys, ceramics, and inorganic compounds

    -Understanding phase stability, phase transformation, and diffusion-based processes in solids

    -Artificial intelligence and machine learning in materials property prediction and materials discovery

    -Developing software tools in computational materials science

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 20

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Minimum GPA: 3.5/4.0
    Prerequisite: Programming(CS109 or equivalent), Materials properties (CME 260/261 or equivalent), MATH180/181, PYHS 141/142
    preferred major: Engineering, Physics

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    The students should be self-motivates and disciplined and ready to take new challenges and learn through research experience. The student needs to prepare weekly reports of their research progress.

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