Isgor Research Group

Our research is focused on bridging the gap between nano-scale and macro-scale scientific and engineering problems using applied mathematics, computational materials science, and advanced analytical, spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques. This framework has applications in surface and interface science, corrosion science, electrochemistry, thin films/oxides, durability of materials, transport in porous media, cement & concrete research, inverse modeling, and non-destructive testing and evaluation.

Our multi-scale research approach allows us to study critical interdisciplinary problems in materials science and engineering using both bottom-up (nano-to-macro) and top-down (macro-to-nano) approaches. One of these is the development of functional surfaces on metallic and non-metallic materials. Controlled surface modifications in nano scale have the potential to revolutionize how materials interact with their environment and how they will deteriorate. For example, these surface modifications can lead to the development of highly durable materials that can withstand extreme exposure conditions; in the near future, we envision that our research will lead to the development of surface modified alloys that are inexpensive but highly durable against multiple forms of deterioration.

A major practical goal of our research is to develop integrated numerical and sensory tools for infrastructure owners and operators so that they can better evaluate the state of their assets and make informed decisions on their future. These tools help engineers manage infrastructure by allowing them to schedule maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement operations more efficiently and accurately so that their assets will be resilient against extreme conditions imposed by multiple sources of hazard.