Serge M. Nakhmanson

Serge NakhmansonSerge M. Nakhmanson
Associate Professor
Director for Accreditation

Ph.D., Ohio University (2001)

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
25 King Hill Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: 1016
Phone: 860-486-5252
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 Research Interests

  • Multifunctional ferroic materials by rational design with quantum-mechanical calculations
  • Building morphotropic phase boundaries into materials to achieve enhancement of functional properties
  • Mesoscale simulations of electroactive materials and nanostructures
  • “Soft” multifunctional materials: polymers, oligomers, molecular crystals and cocrystals

Awards & Honors

2000 Honors Condensed Matter and Solid State Program stipend, Ohio University

Recent Publications

Kuna, J. Mangeri, E. P. Gorzkowski, J. A. Wollmershauser, and S. Nakhmanson,Mesoscale modeling of light transmission modulation in ceramics, Acta Mater.193, 261 (2020).

Kuna, J. Mangeri, E. P. Gorzkowski, J. A. Wollmershauser, and S. Nakhmanson,Mesoscale modeling of polycrystalline light transmission, Acta Mater.175, 82 (2019).

Zhu,J. Mangeri,R. Wang, and S. Nakhmanson, Size, shape, and orientation dependence of the field-induced behavior in ferroelectric nanoparticles, J. Appl. Phys. 125, 134102 (2019).

C. Pitike, N. Khakpash, J. Mangeri, G. A. Rossetti Jr., and S. M. Nakhmanson,Landau-Devonshire thermodynamic potentials for displacive perovskite ferroelectrics from first principles, J. Mater. Sci.54, 8381 (2019).

Ghosh, D. Trujillo, H. Choi, S. Nakhmanson, S. P. Alpay, and J.-X. Zhu,Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Lanthanum and Strontium Doped Bismuth Ferrite: A First-Principles Study, Sci. Rep.9, 194 (2019).

Ghosh,L. Louis,K. K. Arora, B. C. Hancock, J. F. Krzyzaniak, P. Meenan, S. Nakhmanson and  G. P. F. Wood, Assessment of machine learning approaches for predicting the crystallization propensity of active pharmaceutical ingredients, Cryst. Eng. Comm. 21, 1215 (2019).

Mangeri, S. P. Alpay, S. Nakhmanson, and O. G. Heinonen,Electromechanicalcontrol of polarization vortex ordering in an interacting ferroelectric-dielectric composite dimer, Appl. Phys. Lett. 113, 092901 (2018).

C. Pitike, J. Mangeri, H. Whitelock, T. Patel, P. Dyer, S. Pamir Alpay, and S. Nakhmanson,Metastable vortex-like polarization textures in ferroelectric nanoparticles of different shapes and sizes, J. Appl. Phys.124, 064104 (2018).

Ghosh, L. Louis, A. D. Asandei, and S. Nakhmanson,First-principles studies of spontaneous polarization in mixed poly(vinylidene fluoride) / 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene polymer crystals, Soft Matter14, 2484 (2018).

Agarwal, Y. Sharma, S. Chang, K. C. Pitike, C. Sohn, S. M. Nakhmanson, C. G. Takoudis, H. N. Lee, R. Tonelli, J. Gardner, J. F. Scott, R. S. Katiyar, S. Hong,Room-temperature relaxor ferroelectricity and photovoltaic effects in tin titanate directly deposited on a silicon substrate, Phys. Rev. B97, 054109 (2018).

Park, J. Mangeri, Q. Zhang, M. H. Yusuf, A. Pateras, M. Dawber, M. V. Holt, O. G. Heinonen, S. Nakhmanson, and P. G. Evans,Domain alignment within ferroelectric/dielectric PbTiO3/SrTiO3superlattice nanostructures, Nanoscale 10, 3262 (2018).

Louis, K. C. Pitike, A. Ghosh, S. Poddar, S. Ducharme and S. Nakhmanson,Polarization canting in ferroelectric diisopropylammonium-halide molecular crystals: a first principles study,J. Mater. Chem. C 6, 1143(2018).

Kuna, J. Mangeri, P.-X. Gao, S. Nakhmanson,Stress-induced shift of band gap in ZnO nanowires from finite-element modeling, Phys. Rev. Applied8, 034031 (2017).

F. Yuk, K. C. Pitike, S. M. Nakhmanson, M. Eisenbach, Y. W. Li, V. R. Cooper,Towards an accurate description of perovskite ferroelectrics: exchange and correlation effects, Sci. Rep.7, 43482 (2017).

[J. Mangeri, Y. Espinal, A. Jokisaari, S. P. Alpay, S. Nakhmanson, O. Heinonen, Topological phase transformations and intrinsic size effects in ferroelectric nanoparticlesNanoscale 9, 1616 (2017).

Ghosh, T. Ahmed, D. A. Yarotski, S. M. Nakhmanson, J.-X. Zhu,Oxygen vacancy effects on double perovskite Bi2FeMnO6: A first-principles study, Europhys. Lett.116, 57002 (2016).

Wang, K. C. Pitike, Y. Yuan, S. M. Nakhmanson, V. Gopalan, B. Jalan,Chemistry, growth kinetics, and epitaxial stabilization of Sn2+in Sn-doped SrTiO3 using (CH3)6Sn2 tin precursor, APL Mater. 4, 126111 (2016).

Mangeri, K. C. Pitike, S. P. Alpay, S. M. Nakhmanson,Amplitudon and Phason Modes of Electrocaloric Energy Interconversion, NPJ Comp. Mater.2, 16020 (2016).

Hong, S. M. Nakhmanson, D. D. Fong,Screening mechanisms at polar oxide heterointerfaces, Rep. Prog. Phys.79, 076501 (2016).

[S. Chang, S. K. Selvaraj, Y.-Y. Choi, S. Hong, S. M. Nakhmanson, and C. G. Takoudis, Atomic layer deposition of environmentally benign SnTiOx as a potential ferroelectric material, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 34, 01A119 (2016).

P. Cosgriff, P. Chen, S. S. Lee, H. J. Lee, L. Kuna, K. C. Pitike, L. Louis, W. D. Parker, H. Tajiri, S. M. Nakhmanson, J. Y. Jo, Z. Chen, L. Chen, and P. G. Evans,Nanosecond Phase Transition Dynamics in Compressively Strained Epitaxial BiFeO3, Adv. Electron. Mater.2, 1500204 (2016).


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