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Serge M. Nakhmanson

Serge NahkmansonSerge M. Nakhmanson
Associate Professor

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
97 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: IMS-161
Phone: 860-486-5252
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  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rutgers University, Postdoctoral advisors: K. M. Rabe and D. Vanderbilt, 2004-2006
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, NC State University, Postdoctoral advisor: J. Bernholc, 2001-2004
  • Ph.D., Ohio University, 2001


Research Focus

  • Multifunctional ferroic materials by rational design with quantum-mechanical calculations
  • Building morphotropic phase boundaries into materials to achieve enhancement of functional properties
  • Mesoscale simulations of electroactive materials and nanostructures
  • “Soft” multifunctional materials: polymers, oligomers, molecular crystals and cocrystals



  • Honors Condensed Matter and Solid State Program stipend, Ohio University, 2000


Current Publications

S. Chang, S. K. Selvaraj, Y.-Y. Choi, S. Hong, S. M. Nakhmanson, and C. G. Takoudis, Atomic layer deposition of environmentally benign SnTiOx as a potential ferroelectric material, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 34, 01A119 (2016).

Y. Li, C. Adamo, P. Chen, P. G. Evans, S. M. Nakhmanson, W. Parker, C. E. Rowland, R. D. Schaller, D. G. Schlom, D. A. Walko, H. Wen, and Q. Zhang, Giant optical enhancement of strain gradient in ferroelectric BiFeO3 thin films and its physical origin, Sci. Rep. 5, 16650 (2015); doi: 10.1038/srep16650.

M. P. Cosgriff, P. Chen, S. S. Lee, H. J. Lee, L. Kuna, K. C. Pitike, L. Louis, W. D. Parker, H. Tajiri, S. M. Nakhmanson, J. Y. Jo, Z. Chen, L. Chen, and P. G. Evans, Nanosecond Phase Transition Dynamics in Compressively Strained Epitaxial BiFeO3, Adv. Electron. Mater. 1500204 (2015); doi: 10.1002/aelm.201500204.

F.-C. Sun, A. M. Dongare, A. D. Asandei, S. P. Alpay and S. Nakhmanson, Temperature dependent structural, elastic, and polar properties of ferroelectric polyvinylidene fluoride and trifluoroethylene copolymers, J. Mater. Chem. C 3, 8389-8396 (2015).

J. Mangeri, O. Heinonen, D. Karpeyev, and S. Nakhmanson, Influence of Elastic and Surface Strains on the Optical Properties of Semiconducting Core-Shell Nanoparticles, Phys. Rev. Applied 4, 014001 (2015).

L. Louis and S. M. Nakhmanson, Structural, vibrational, and dielectric properties of Ruddlesden-Popper Ba2ZrO4 from first principles, Phys. Rev. B 91, 134103 (2015).

K. C. Pitike, W. D. Parker, L. Louis, and S. M. Nakhmanson, First-principles studies of lone-pair-induced distortions in epitaxial phases of perovskite SnTiO3 and PbTiO3, Phys. Rev. B 91, 035112 (2015).

J. H. Lee, G. Luo, I. C. Tung, S. H. Chang, Z. Luo, M. Malshe, M. Gadre, A. Bhattacharya, S. M. Nakhmanson, J. A. Eastman, H. Hong, J. Jellinek, D. Morgan, D. D. Fong, and J. W. Freeland, Dynamic layer rearrangement during growth of layered oxide films by molecular beam epitaxy, Nature Mater. 13, 879-883 (2014).

Byounghak Lee, Serge M. Nakhmanson and Olle Heinonen, Strain induced vortex-to-uniform polarization transitions in soft-ferroelectric nanoparticles, Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 262906 (2014).

D. J. Li, S. Hong, S. Gu, Y. Choi, S. Nakhmanson, O. Heinonen, D. Karpeev and K. No, Polymer piezoelectric energy harvesters for low wind speed, Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 012902 (2014).