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.
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