Materials Science

Faculty

Dr. Benjamin O. Chan
Mr. John P. Bermundo

Research Areas

Advances in technology have been made possible with new materials or devices. The understanding of materials and their processing is the concern of Materials Science. The Physics and Chemistry Departments of Ateneo de Manila University are currently developing new semiconducting materials based on polymers and nanoparticles. Recently a polymer LED was successfully fabricated. Plans are being made to produce solar cells and photodetectors using the same technique. Simulation work will be carried out on these new materials and devices on the AGILA II High-Performance Computing System currently being developed by the Physics and Mathematics Departments of Ateneo de Manila University.

Deformation studies on metals, coatings and bulk elastomer materials are currently being undertaken. Opto-electronic devices are being designed and fabricated using these materials. Image processing is also a current activity. Recently software was developed using C# to artificially extend the depth of field of images captured on a metallographic microscope. A new area of research involves Biomaterials. Projects have been initiated with the Biology Department involving plant fiber characterization and silica formation in grasses.

Equipments

The Materials Physics Laboratory also houses laboratory equipment for the newly opened Materials Science and Engineering Program. The facilities include a Universal Testing Machine, video microscopy, Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast microscopy, a four point probe station, an impact tester , an adhesion testing facility and device simulation software. The Chemistry Department houses an Atomic Force Microscope, a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance system, a Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer and spectrometers (UV, visible, IR) for further materials characterization work.

The Materials Physics Laboratory also houses laboratory equipment for the newly opened Materials Science and Engineering Program. The facilities include a Universal Testing Machine, video microscopy, Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast microscopy, a four point probe station, an impact tester , an adhesion testing facility and device simulation software. The Chemistry Department houses an Atomic Force Microscope, a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance system, a Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer and spectrometers (UV, visible, IR) for further materials characterization work.

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