Research is focused on multi-scale computational materials science, atomistic simulations of functional nano-/biomaterials, coarse-grained simulations of composite microstructures, nanoscale thermal transport, advanced thermal fluids, electrochemical energy storage, water purification and desalination, nano/biomechanics, colloid and surface chemistry, and interfacial phenomena.
She is setting up a state-of-the-art thin film growth and characterization laboratory at the High Magnetic Field Laboratory, exploiting the many interactions in complex oxides to find new ways to control their properties using external perturbations (such as strain, electric fields and optical excitation).
Dr. Huang's major research interest focuses on developing advanced theoretical methods to solve challenging electronic and kinetic problems in materials. "A reliable understanding of electronic and kinetic properties in materials is essential for the success of the computer-aided rational design of materials."
The Dr. James S. “Jim” Brooks Graduate Student Award in Materials Science and Engineering is being established in honor of the late Florida State University Physics professor who passed away on September 27, 2014. The purpose of the award is to encourage academically motivated graduate students to seek opportunities within this field of study at Florida State University.
A team of Florida State University materials researchers has developed a new type of light-emitting diode, or LED, using an organic-inorganic hybrid that could lead to cheaper, brighter and mass produced lights and displays in the future. Assistant Professor of Physics Hanwei Gao and Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Biwu Ma are using a class of materials called organometal halide perovskites to build a highly functioning LED. They lay out their findings in the journal Advanced Materials