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The Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena (CRISP) explores the properties and potential applications of the surfaces of materials and the interfaces between materials (the border region where two materials come into contact). As the spatial dimensions of electronic, magnetic, and mechanical devices are made ever smaller, their performance is increasingly dominated by surfaces and interfaces. We investigate the transition between bulk and interfacial behavior, as well as the intrinsic properties of surfaces and interfaces, with the goal of discovering new phenomena: new kinds of electronic, mechanical, thermo-plastic, magnetic, chemical, catalytic, and optical behavior, as well as new ways to control and utilize them. We are currently focusing on two broad classes of materials: crystalline metal oxides and bulk metallic glasses.

News

May 5, 2015
CRISP Scientists have developed a new, radio frequency processing device that allows information to be controlled more effectively, opening the door to a new generation of...
February 12, 2015
Editors’ Choice in Science “Many discoveries of spectacular material properties are serendipitous. Scientists can make the discovery process more predictable if they design...
November 6, 2014
Editors’ Suggestion Conduction at a Ferroelectric Interface Matthew  S. J. Marshall, Andrei Malashevich, Ankit S. Disa, Myung-Geun Han, Hanghui Chen, Yimei Zhu, Sohrab Ismail...