Models for phase transformations in electroceramics are being developed that allow the prediction of properties for the design of Pb-free materials.
Ferrous alloys for aggressive, high temperature applications such as methanol steam reformers are being studied to determine structure-processing-properties relations. Experimental and computational approaches are pursued.
High temperature electrolysis of mixed oxides is being investigated . The thermodynamic activity of components in the electrolyte during the process is modelled to determine the feasibility of extracting titanium from slag from the New Zealand Steel ironsands process.
Thin film structure-processing-properties relations are beingdeveloped for oxide films on various substrates using pulsed pressure metallorganic chemical vapour deposition (pp-MOCVD). Applications include wear coatings, antimicrobial coatings and catalysis.