S. Pamir Alpay

S. Pamir AlpayS. Pamir Alpay
GE Professor in Advanced Manufacturing;
Executive Director, UConn IPB/Tech Park

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
97 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: IMS-141
Phone: (860) 486-4621
Email: pamir.alpay@uconn.edu    Web: http://alpay.ims.uconn.edu


  • Post-doctoral Research Scientist, Dept. of Materials and Nuclear Engineering, University of Maryland, 1999 – 2001
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1999

Research Focus

  • Materials theory, computational materials science, and multiscale materials modeling
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations in ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, and shape memory thin films and multilayer heterostructures
  • Phase transformations in multiferroic systems
  • Functionally graded smart materials
  • Tunable dielectric materials for microwave devices
  • Conducting oxides and materials for electrical contacts
  • Multilayer polarizable semiconductor heterostructures


  • Elected Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (2018)
  • UConn-The American Association of Professors (AAUP) Excellence in Career Research and Creativity Award (2018)
  • General Electric Professor in Advanced Manufacturing (2017)
  • Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, University of Connecticut, 2013
  • University of Connecticut Materials Science and Engineering Award for Teaching Excellence, 2013
  • United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Professor in Engineering Innovation Award, 2008-2010
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award of the School of Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2004
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2001

Current Publications

A. Ghosh, D. P. Trujillo, H. Choi, S. M. Nakhmanson, S. P. Alpay, and J-X. Zhu, “Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Lanthanum and Strontium Doped Bismuth Ferrite: A First-Principles Study,” Scientific Reports 9, 194 (2019)

K. Co, F. Sun, S. P. Alpay, and S. K. Nayak,Polarization Rotation in Bi4Ti3O12 by Isovalent Doping at the Fluorite Sublattice,” Phys Rev. B. 99, 014101 (2019)

S. K. Nayak, C. Hung, R. J. Hebert, and S. P. Alpay, “Atomistic Origins of Guinier-Preston Zone Formation and Morphology in Al-Cu and Al-Ag Alloys from First Principles,” Scripta Mater. 162, 235 –240 (2019)

B. Hanrahan, Y. Espinal, S. Liu, Z. Zhang, A. Khaligh, A. Smith, and S. P. Alpay, “Combining Inverse and Conventional Pyroelectricity in Antiferroelectric Thin Films for Energy Conversion,” J. Mater. Chem. C. 6, 9828-9834 (2018)

J. Mangeri, S. P. Alpay, S. Nakhmanson, and O. G. Heinonen, “Electromechanical Control of Polarization Vortex Ordering in an Interacting Ferroelectric-Dielectric Composite Dimer,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 113, 092901 (2018)

S. Sahoo, S. L. Suib, and S. P. Alpay, “Graphene Supported Single Atom Transition Metal Catalysts for Methane Activation,” ChemCatChem 10, 3229 – 3235 (2018) – front cover

K. C. Pitike, J. Mangeri, H. Whitlock, T. Patel, P. Dyer, S. P. Alpay, and S. M. Nakhmanson, “Metastable vortex-like polarization textures in ferroelectric nanoparticles of different shapes and sizes,” J. Appl. Phys. 124, 064104 (2018) – highlighted as Editor’s Pick

Y. Espinal, S. P. Alpay, M. Howard, and B. Hanrahan, “Dielectric Properties and Resistive Switching Characteristics of Lead Zirconate Titanate/Hafnia Heterostructures,” J. Appl. Phys. 124, 064103 (2018)

B. Dutta, S. March, L. Achola, S. Sahoo, J. He, A. S. Amin, Y. Wu, S. Poges, S. P. Alpay, and S. L. Suib, “Mesoporous Cobalt/Manganese Oxide: A Highly Selective Bifunctional Catalyst for Amine–Imine Transformations,” Green Chem. 20, 3180-3185 (2018) – front cover

S. Sahoo, R. J. Hebert, and S. P. Alpay, “Surface Phase Diagrams of Titanium in Oxygen, Nitrogen and Hydrogen Environments: A First Principles Analysis,” Surface Science 677, 18-25 (2018)

B. Hanrahan, Y. Espinal, C. Neville, R. Rudy, M. Rivas, A. Smith, M. T. Kesim, and S. P. Alpay, “Accounting for the Various Contributions to Pyroelectricity in Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Films,” J. Appl. Phys. 123, 124104 (2018)

M. T. Kesim, H. Yu, Y. Sun, M. Aindow, and S. P. Alpay, “Corrosion, Oxidation, Erosion and Performance of Ag/W-based Circuit Breaker Contacts: A Review,” Corrosion Science 135, 12-34 (2018)

S. K. Nayak, C. J. Hung, V. Sharma, S. P. Alpay, A. M. Dongare, W. J. Brindley, R. J. Hebert, “Point Defects in Titanium: An ab initio Data Mining Analysis,” npj Comp. Mater. 4, 11 (2018)

H. Khassaf, T. Patel, R. J. Hebert, and S. P. Alpay, “Flexocaloric Response of Epitaxial Ferroelectric Films,” J. Appl. Phys. 123, 024102 (2018)

D. Maurya, F. Sun, D. George, S. K. Nayak, A. Pramanick, M. G. Kang, H. C, Song, A. Charkhesht, S. P. Alpay, G. A. Khodaparast, N. Q. Vinh, and S. Priya, “Soft Phonon Mode Dynamics and Phase Transitions in Aurivillius Type Structures,” Phys. Rev. B 96, 134114 (2017)

R. Miao, B. Dutta, S. Sahoo, J. He, S. Cetegen, W. Zhong, T. Jiang, S. P. Alpay, and S. L. Suib, “Mesoporous Iron Sulfide for Highly Efficient Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139, 13604-13607 (2017)

H. Khassaf, T. Patel, S. P. Alpay, “Combined Intrinsic Elastocaloric and Electrocaloric Properties of Ferroelectrics,” J. Appl. Phys. 121, 144102 (2017)

T. Jafari, E. Moharreri, P. Toloueinia, A. S. Amin, S. Sahoo, N. Khakpash, I. Noshadi, S. P. Alpay, S. L. Suib, “Selective CO2 Sorption over Solid Amine Functionalized Mesoporous Polydivinylbenzene Network,” Journal of CO2 Utilization 19, 79-90 (2017)

R. Miao, J. He, S. Sahoo, Z. Luo, W. Zhong, S-Y. Chen, T. Jafari, B. Dutta, S. Cetegen, M. Wang, S. P. Alpay, and S. L. Suib, “Reduced Graphene Oxide Supported Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt Spinel Ternary Oxide Nano-composites and Their Chemical-Converted Sulfide Nanocomposites as Efficient Electro-catalysts for Alkaline Water Splitting,” ACS Catal. 7, 819-832 (2017)