S. Pamir Alpay

S. Pamir Alpay
Interim Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor
Ph.D., University of Maryland (1999)

Innovation Partnership Building at UConn Tech Park
159 Discovery Drive
Storrs, CT 06269
Phone: (860) 486-6917
Email: pamir.alpay@uconn.edu   Web: http://alpay.ims.uconn.edu


Research Interests

  • Multiscale modeling of materials
  • Ferroic and multiferroic materials
  • Conducting oxides
  • Polarizable semiconductors
  • Tunable dielectrics for microwave devices
  • Defect microstructures in functional materials
  • Materials for electrical contacts
  • Electrothermal properties of materials (IR detection, on-chip heating/cooling)

 Awards & Honors

2020 Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor
2020 Fellow of ASM International
2018 Elected Fellow of the American Ceramic Society
2018 UConn-The American Association of Professors (AAUP) Excellence in Career Research and Creativity Award
2017 General Electric Professor in Advanced Manufacturing
2014 Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society
2013 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, University of Connecticut
2013 University of Connecticut Materials Science and Engineering Award for Teaching Excellence
2012 Elected Member of Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
2008-2010 United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Professor in Engineering Innovation Award
2004 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award of the School of Engineering, University of Connecticut
2001 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award

Recent Publications

C. J. Hung, S. K. Nayak, L. R. Parent, R. J. Hebert, and S. P. Alpay, ”Matrix Controlled Structural Phase Transformations in Embedded Metallic Nanoparticles,” Scripta Mater. 213, 114632 (2022), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2022.114632

U. A. Anene and S. P. Alpay, “Post-synthetic Modification of STAM-17-OEt Metal-organic Frameworks via First Principles Calculations, ACS Omega 7, 7791-7805, (2022), https://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.1c06658

R. S. Uwanyuze, S. P. Alpay, S. Schafföner, and S. Sahoo, “A First Principles Analysis of Oxidation in Titanium Alloys with Aluminum and Vanadium,” Surface Science 719, 122026 (2022); https://doi.org/10.1016/j.susc.2022.122026

K. Co, S. P. Alpay, S. Nakhmanson, and J. Mangeri, “Surface Charge Mediated Polar Response in Ferroelectric Nanoparticles,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 119, 262903 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0077629Editor’s Pick

J. Kong, S. K. Nayak,K. Co,S. Nayak, J. Wu, A. Feteira, K. A. Beyer, S. P. Alpay, and A. Pramanick, “Point Defect Induced Incommensurate Dipole Moments in Dion-Jacobson Layered Perovskites,” Phys. Rev. B. 104, 224104 (2021), https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.104.224104

C. M. Atkinson, M. C. Guziewski,S. P. Coleman,S. K. Nayak, and S. P. Alpay, “First Principles Analysis of Impurities in Silicon Carbide Grain Boundaries,” Acta Mater. 221, 117421 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2021.117421

L. Miller, K. Zhou, J. Tang, L. D. Frame, R. J. Hebert, L. R. Narayan, A. Merkouriou, S. P. Alpay, and J. Kim, “Thermal-Mechanical Finite Element Analysis of Orthogonal Cutting for Normalized Steels,” The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology 114, 3337–3356 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-021-07130-2

T. N. Vu, S. K. Nayak, N. T. T. Nguyen, S. P Alpay, and H. Tran, “Atomic configurations for materials research: A case study of some simple binary compounds,” AIP Advances 11, 045120 (2021);  https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0044180

E. Nykwest, D. Trujillo, and S. P. Alpay, “Surface Localized Magnetism in Transition Metal Doped Alumina, Scientific Reports 11, 6410 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-85791-5

S. Sahoo, D. Dekel, R. Maric, and S. P. Alpay, “Atomistic Insights into the Hydrogen Oxidation Reaction of Palladium-Ceria Bifunctional Catalysts for Anion-Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells,” ACS Catalysis 11, 2561−2571 (2021); https://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.0c04646

T. K. Reid, S. K. Nayak, and S. P. Alpay, “Strain-induced Band Gap Engineering in Pnictogen Chalcogenide Topological Insulators,” J. Appl. Phys. 129, 015304 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0028231

P. Toloueinia, H. Khassaf, A. Shirazi Amin, Z. Tobin, S. P. Alpay, and S. L. Suib, “Moisture‒Induced Structural Degradation in Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite Thin Films,” ACS Applied Energy Materials 3, 8240–8248 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1021/acsaem.0c00638