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Computational Materials Science

The study of MAX phases has become an important sub-branch in materials science and technology due to their interesting properties and various studies since their discovery during 1960s. MAX phases, where M is an early transition metal, A is a group IIIA or IVA element, and X is either C or N, attract more and more attention due to their unusual properties associated metals and ceramics. Like metals, they are electrically and thermally conductive, not susceptible to thermal shock, plastic at high temperature and exceptionally damage tolerant, and most readily machinable. Like ceramics, they are elastically rigid, lightweight, creep and fatigue resistant and maintain their strengths to high temperatures. This makes them attractive for many applications such as structural materials at elevated temperature. We have studied materials properties such as structural, electrical, optical, thermodynamical etc using the density functional theory (DFT) as implemented in the CASTEP code. Highly motivated students are most welcome to our group for M.Sc./M.Phil./PhD research in the Computational Materials Science group.

Selected Publications

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1 M. A. Ali, M. S. Ali, M. M. Uddin” Structural, elastic, electronic and optical properties of metastable MAX phases Ti5SiC4 compound” Indian Journal of Pure and Applied Physics, Vol. 54 (5) (2016).
2 M. T. Nasir, M. A. Ali, M. M. Hossain, M. A. Hadi, M. A. Rayhan, M. Roknuzzaman, K. Ostrikov, A. K. M. A. Islam, S. H. Naqib, M. M. Uddin,”First principles study of superconducting ScRhP and ScIrP pnictides” Accepted for publication in Physica Status Solidi B.
3 A. Chowdhury, M. A. Ali, M. M. Hossain, M. M. Uddin, S. H. Naqib, and A. K. M. A. Islam, “Predicted MAX phase Sc2InC: dynamical stability, vibrational and optical properties” Under consideration in Physics Ststus Solidi B.
4 M. Roknuzzaman, M. A. Ali, M. M. Hossain, M. A. Hadi, N. Jahan, M. M. Uddin, K. Ostrikov,“ Newly synthesized Hf3AlC2: First Hf containing 312 MAX phase belongs to Hf-Al-C system” Accepted for publication in Journal of Alloys and Compound, Elsevier.