S. Pamir Alpay

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

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
25 King Hill Road
Storrs, CT 06269

Office: MZ-108
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

Gurung, J. M. Mangeri, A. M. Hagerstrom, N. D. Orloff, S. P. Alpay, and S. Nakhmanson, “Modeling Structure-Properties Relations in Compositionally Disordered Relaxor Dielectrics at the Nanoscale,” J. Appl. Phys. 134, 104102 (2023), https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0160448

S. Uwanyuze, B. Yavas, J. Zhang, J. E. Kanyo, L. D. Frame, R. J. Hebert, S. Schafföner, and S. P. Alpay, “High-Temperature Interactions Between Titanium Alloys and Strontium Zirconate Refractories,” Journal of Materials Engineering & Performance, (2023), https://doi.org/10.1007/s11665-023-08597-8

Delodovici, C. Atkinson, R. Xu, P-E. Janolin, S.P. Alpay, C. Paillard, “Engineering the Electro-optic effect in HfO2and ZrO2through Strain and Polarization Control,” J. Appl. Phys. 134, 055108 (2023), https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0158909

K. Reid, B. Yavas, S. Sahoo, and S. P. Alpay, “Topological Variations in Aluminum-Silicon Alloys through Inoculation with Alkali Earth Elements: A First-Principles Study,” Scripta Mater. 234, 115574 (2023), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2023.115574

Yavas, C. J. Hung, M. Li, R. J. Hebert, S. P. Alpay, and M. Aindow, “Laser Glazing of a Quasicrystal-reinforced Al-Cu-Fe-Cr Alloy: Implications for Use in Additive Manufacturing,” Scripta Mater. 222, 115249 (2023), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2022.115249

Yavas, C. J. Hung, S. K. Nayak, M. Aindow, and S. P. Alpay, “Quasicrystal stability in complex aluminum alloys: insights from first principles models on structural motifs in crystalline approximants,” Scripta Mater. 222, 115046 (2023),https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2022.115046

P. Trujillo, A. Gurung, J. Yu, S. K. Nayak, S. P. Alpay, and P-E. Janolin, “Data-driven Methods for Discovery of Next-generation Electrostrictive Materials,” npj Comp. Mater. 8, 251 (2022), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41524-022-00941-1

V. Pagliaro, C. Wen, B. Sa, B. Liu, M. Bellini, F. Bartoli, S. Sahoo, R. K. Singh, S. P. Alpay, H. A. Miller, and D. R. DekeI, “Improving Alkaline Hydrogen Oxidation Activity of Palladium through Interactions with Transition-Metal Oxides,” ACS Catal. 12, 10894−10904 (2022), https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acscatal.2c02417

Bamonte, S. Shubhashish, H. Khanna, S. Shuster, S. J. B. Rubio, S. L. Suib, S. P. Alpay, and S. Sahoo, “Magnetically Doped Molybdenum Disulfide Layers for Enhanced Carbon Dioxide Capture,” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 14, 27799–27813 (2022), https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.2c01820

Kong, S. K. Nayak, J. Liu, S. P. Alpay, and A. Pramanick, “Local atomic structure distortions in the Dion-Jacobson ferroelectric CsBiNb2O7,” Phys. Rev. B 106, 024103 (2022), https://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevB.106.024103