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Brianna Musicó

Brianna Musicó.

What is your thesis topic?
I am performing a study on the synthesis and characterization of a series of multi-component high entropy oxide samples with both spinel and perovskite structures.

How is materials processing involved in your research?
My research is dependent on materials processing as it is very dependent on sample creation via the solid-state synthesis method. I am focusing on the synthesis and characterization of multicomponent ceramics termed high-entropy oxides. This means a lot of time is spent in combining 5 or more elemental oxides to see what forms a single phase and how the properties (electronic/magnetic/structural) change with substitutions in the composition.

Provide an example of where the material/process/properties you are studying might find an application.
I am on the true basic science side of research at the current stage of this new class of materials, so the applications of some of the materials I work with are yet to be determined. The goal is to work towards engineering new ceramic materials by applying the concept of entropy stabilization to complex oxides.