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Austin Biaggne

Graduate Research Assistant

Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering

Austin Biaggne

Austin graduated from Washington State University (WSU) in 2018 with a B.S. in Physics and a minor in Mathematics.  During his junior and senior years, he was an undergraduate researcher at the Institute for Shock Physics at WSU, where he worked on the characterization of high energy-density metal alloys. Austin also had the opportunity to research shock attenuation in materials at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Maryland in summer 2017. In summer 2018, Austin joined the Materials Theory and Modeling Group and subsequently the Nanoscale Materials and Device Group to pursue a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University. His current research interest is the multi-scale modeling of molecular systems through the use of density functional theory and molecular dynamics methods.

Outside of academics, Austin enjoys snowboarding, playing soccer, and hanging out with his pug.

Instruments and Techniques


  • Density Functional Theory
  • Molecular Dynamics
  • Phase-field modeling


  • VASP
  • Gaussian
  • Unix
  • Bash
  • Python
  • C#
  • Origin


Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Biaggne, A.; Noble, G.; Li, L. Adsorption and Surface Diffusion of Metals on α-Al 2 O 3  for Advanced Manufacturing
    Applications. JOM 2021.
  • Biaggne, A.; Knowlton, W.B.; Yurke, B.; Lee, J.; Li, L. Substituent Effects on the Solubility and Electronic Properties
    of the Cyanine Dye Cy5: Density Functional and Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory
    Calculations. Molecules 2021, 26, 524.
  • H. da Silva, D. Butler, A. Biaggne, N. Kandadai, H. Subbaraman, J. Daw, L. Li, “First-Principles Studies of Dopant and Radiation Defect Effects on Optical Fiber Sensors,” peer-reviewed proceedings for 11th Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control and Human-Machine Interface Technologies (NPIC and HMIT) conference, accepted 2019.

Conference Presentations

  • Oral presentation on “Substituent Effects on Electronic Properties of Cy5: Density Functional and Time-Dependent Density Functional Calculations” at 2021 TMS Annual Meeting, Virtual.
  • Oral presentation on “First-Principles Studies of Dopant and Radiation Defect Effects on Optical Fiber Sensors” at 2019 ANS NPIC and HMIT Conference in Orlando, FL, Feb 2019.

Honors and Awards

  • President’s Honor Roll, 2015−2018
  • Distinguished Glenn Terrell Presidential Scholarship, 2014−2018
  • Cougar Academic Award Scholarship, 2014−2018