Innovation in Multi-functional Materials

Professor Chen Li’s research group in the Mechanical Engineering Department is using high pressure as a tool to understand the physics of fundamental excitations in the materials; tune the properties of existing energy materials; and engineer innovative multi-functional materials through high pressure synthesis or other indirect approaches.

Professor Li’s group uses diamond anvil cells by methods of Raman, X-ray scattering, and neutron scattering to create extreme high pressure up to 100 Gigapascal. This allows the study of lattice dynamics, magnons, and transport properties under extreme conditions. The high pressure is also used to tailor materials’ various thermal, structural, and transport properties.

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