S. Pamir Alpay

Alpay_150S. Pamir Alpay
Professor and Department Head
Ph.D., University of Maryland (1999)

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
97 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: IMS-111
Phone: (860) 486-4621
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

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 Connecticu
2001 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award

Recent Publications

H. Khassaf, N. Khakpash, S. Vijayan, M. Aindow, and S. P. Alpay, “Electrostatically Driven Dielectric Anomaly in Mesoscopic Ferroelectric-Paraelectric Bilayers,” Acta Mater. 105, 68–74 (2016).

H. Yu, Y. Sun, M. T. Kesim, J. Harmon, J. Potter, S. P. Alpay, and M. Aindow, “Extended Aging of Ag/W Circuit Breaker Contacts: Influence on Surface Structure, Electrical Properties and UL Testing,” Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance 25, 91–101 (2016).

F. Sun, Y. Espinal, M. T. Kesim, and S. P. Alpay, “Are Ferroelectric Multilayers Capacitors in Series?” J. Mater. Sci. 51, 499–505 (2016).

I. B. Misirlioglu, C. Sen, M. T. Kesim, and S. P. Alpay, “Low-Voltage Ferroelectric-Paraelectric Superlattices as Gate Materials for Field Effect Transistors,” J. Mater. Sci. 51, 487–498 (2016).

D. Maurya, F. Sun, S. P. Alpay, and S. Priya, “A New Method for Achieving Enhanced Dielectric Response over a Wide Temperature Range,” Scientific Reports 5, 15144 (2015).

H. Yu, Y. Sun, M. T. Kesim, J. Harmon, J. Potter, S. P. Alpay, and M. Aindow, “Surface Degradation of Ag/W Circuit Breaker Contacts During Standardized UL Testing,” Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance 24, 3251–3262 (2015).

F. Sun, A. M. Dongare, A. D. Asandei, S. P. Alpay, and S. M. Nakhmanson, “Temperature Dependent Structural, Elastic, and Polar Properties of Ferroelectric Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) and Trifluoroethylene (TrFE) Copolymers,” J. Mater. Chem. C 3, 8389–8396 (2015).

C.-H. Kuo, I. M. Mosa, S. Thanneeru, V. Sharma, L. Zhang, S. Biswas, M. Aindow, S. P. Alpay, J. F. Rusling, S. L. Suib, J. He, “Facet-dependent Catalytic Activity of MnO Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction and Oxygen Evolution Reactions,” Chem. Commun. 51, 5951-5954 (2015).

N. Khakpash, H. Khassaf, G. A. Rossetti, Jr., and S. P. Alpay, “Misfit Strain Phase Diagrams of Epitaxial PMN−PT Films,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 082905 (2015).

H. Yu, Y. Sun, S. P. Alpay, and M. Aindow, “Microstructure Effects in Braze Joints Formed Between Ag/W Electrical Contacts and Sn-Coated Cu using Cu-Ag-P Filler Metal,” J. Mater. Sci. 50, 324-333 (2015).

S. P. Alpay, J. V. Mantese, S. Trolier-McKinstry, Q. M. Zhang, and R. W. Whatmore, “Next Generation Electrocaloric and Pyroelectric Materials for Solid State Electrothermal Energy Interconversion,” MRS Bulletin 39, 1099-1109 (2014).