Dissertation Defense: Chris Buurma  Add To Calendar

  • Date(s): Thursday, 1/15 1:30 PM to Thursday, 1/15 4:00 PM
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  • Campus Address: 2214 SES (Science and Engineering South)

Abstract: Predictions and guidance on electronic and thermodynamic properties can be obtained from model atomic structures within the framework of ab-initio density-functional theory. Bulk point defect formation energies were determined for comparison to calculations of point defects along GB structures. Model atomic structures of GBs can also be created rapidly and over a wide parameter space using the Grain Boundary Genie code developed for this project. Commonly observed low-angle and special coincident grain boundaries structures were created and a subset relaxed to determine their local strain environment and interfacial energy with for comparison to STEM observations. Additionally, a series of random angle or ‘mixed’ grain boundaries were created and investigated corresponding to possible interfaces between grains that cannot be observed in STEM.