Tara joined the group in the Fall of 2016 after graduating from the University of North Dakota with a B.S. in physics with an emphasis in materials science. As an undergraduate research assistant, her research focused on simulating hysteresis loops in thin film type 2 superconductors as well as nano-wire growth on the (110) surface of Si using molecular dynamics.￼
Her research focus at ASU is simulating polycrystalline electrolytes. To obtain electronic, structural, and thermodynamic information to validate data obtained in the TEM facilities at ASU, multi-scale computational modeling is implemented using density functional theory, molecular dynamics, thermodynamics, and atomistic spectra simulations for ceria and doped ceria ceramics. The goal is to obtain a fundamental understanding of the structure-function relationship of grain boundary character ionic conductivity for solid oxide fuel cell electrolytes.
Currently, her research interests are in quantum phenomenon, first-principles modeling, condensed phase materials, and numerical methods and algorithms.
Find more detailed information on current research and methodology here.