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. She has also done work with molecular dynamic simulations for nano-wire growth on the (110) surface of Si.
Her research interests and focused is on density functional theory, molecular dynamics, thermodynamics, and atomistic spectra simulations for condensed phase, crystalline materials. Currently, her research topic is to investigate the structure-function relationship of grain boundary character and ionic conductivity for solid oxide fuel cells. The project implements multi-scale computational modeling to obtain mechanical, thermal, and electronic properties of interfaces.
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