In my research group, we study the magneto-mechanics of magnetic shape memory alloys (MSMAs), primarily Ni-Mn-Ga. We process alloys and single crystals starting from high-purity elements and characterize their structure, microstructure , crystal defects, deformation mechanisms, magnetic properties, and magnetic-field-induced strain with various techniques. Besides bulk single crystals, we also study MSMAs in the form of metallic foam, thin films, fibers, and nanostructures.
We collaborate with several research groups on the Boise State University campus, within the United States, and worldwide. The interdisciplinary and international research environment presents many opportunities for the students. They develop advanced skills in relevant matters beyond materials science.
Almost every year, some of my students visit collaborators overseas to work in their research facilities; and students and scientists of partner institutions visit us in Boise to learn from our expertise.
Our research was and is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the Idaho State Board of Education, NASA-EPSCoR.
If you are curious to learn more about our work, please let me know and I will be happy to show you around in the Magnetic Materials Laboratory.