Intermetallic compounds play important roles in modern functional materials, such as electronic devices, special alloys for usages in aerospace, superconductors, and energy storage and conversion. We are making quality single crystalline materials and to evaluate their electronic, magnetic, and thermoelectric properties. Student is expected to explore new intermetallic phases through various synthetic techniques. During this project, he or she will learn strategic material design with sound principles and theory, quality solid-state syntheses, complete phase analyses with powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction data, and pertinent property evaluation.
Mentor: Qisheng Lin, Associate Scientist, Ames Laboratory