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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.

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February 1, 2014
Last summer, 30 local middle school math and science attended a three-day workshop to learn how to bring manufacturing and technology into their classroom. Next week, there...
January 25, 2014
On January 25th, Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics Professor T. P. Ma gave a one hour lecture to the general public on the evolution of the transistor and its...
November 6, 2013
Connecticut college students interested in pursuing the applied sciences will have more opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research thanks to the newly designated...