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S. Pamir Alpay

S. Pamir AlpayS. Pamir Alpay
Professor and Department Head

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
97 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: IMS-141
Phone: (860) 486-4621
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  • 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



  • 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

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).

J. Mangeri, Y. Espinal, A. M. Jokisaari, S. P. Alpay, S. Nakhmanson, and O. G. Heinonen, “Topological Phase Transformations and Intrinsic Size Effects in Ferroelectric Nanoparticles,” Nanoscale 9, 1616- 1624 (2017) – selected as a research highlight by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences.

Y. Sun, H. Yu, M. T. Kesim, S. P. Alpay, and M. Aindow “Microstructural Stability, Defect Structures and Deformation Mechanisms in a Ag3Sn/Cu3Sn Alloy,” J. Mater. Sci. 52, 2944-2956 (2017).

T. Patel, H. Khassaf, S. Vijayan, N. Bassiri-Gharb, M. Aindow, S. P. Alpay, and R. J. Hebert, “Metalorganic Solution Deposition of Lead Zirconate Titanate Films onto an Additively Manufactured Ni-Based Superalloy,” Acta Mater. 122, 352-358 (2017).

I. B. Misirlioglu and S. P. Alpay, “Compositionally Graded Ferroelectrics as Wide Band Gap Semiconductors: Electrical Domain Structures and the Origin of Low Dielectric Loss,” Acta Mater. 122, 266-276 (2017).

H. Khassaf, N. Khakpash, S. Vijayan, M. Aindow, and S. P. Alpay, “Electrostatically Driven Dielectric Anomaly in Mesoscopic Ferroelectric-Paraelectric Bilayers,” Acta Mater. 105, 68–74 (2016).

H. Yu, Y. Sun, M. T. Kesim, J. Harmon, J. Potter, S. P. Alpay, and M. Aindow, “Extended Aging of Ag/W Circuit Breaker Contacts: Influence on Surface Structure, Electrical Properties and UL Testing,” Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance 25, 91–101 (2016).

F. Sun, Y. Espinal, M. T. Kesim, and S. P. Alpay, “Are Ferroelectric Multilayers Capacitors in Series?” J. Mater. Sci. 51, 499–505 (2016).

I. B. Misirlioglu, C. Sen, M. T. Kesim, and S. P. Alpay, “Low-Voltage Ferroelectric-Paraelectric Superlattices as Gate Materials for Field Effect Transistors,” J. Mater. Sci. 51, 487–498 (2016).

D. Maurya, F. Sun, S. P. Alpay, and S. Priya, “A New Method for Achieving Enhanced Dielectric Response over a Wide Temperature Range,” Scientific Reports 5, 15144 (2015).

H. Yu, Y. Sun, M. T. Kesim, J. Harmon, J. Potter, S. P. Alpay, and M. Aindow, “Surface Degradation of Ag/W Circuit Breaker Contacts During Standardized UL Testing,” Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance 24, 3251–3262 (2015).

F. Sun, A. M. Dongare, A. D. Asandei, S. P. Alpay, and S. M. Nakhmanson, “Temperature Dependent Structural, Elastic, and Polar Properties of Ferroelectric Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) and Trifluoroethylene (TrFE) Copolymers,” J. Mater. Chem. C 3, 8389–8396 (2015).

C.-H. Kuo, I. M. Mosa, S. Thanneeru, V. Sharma, L. Zhang, S. Biswas, M. Aindow, S. P. Alpay, J. F. Rusling, S. L. Suib, J. He, “Facet-dependent Catalytic Activity of MnO Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction and Oxygen Evolution Reactions,” Chem. Commun. 51, 5951-5954 (2015).

N. Khakpash, H. Khassaf, G. A. Rossetti, Jr., and S. P. Alpay, “Misfit Strain Phase Diagrams of Epitaxial PMN−PT Films,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 082905 (2015).

H. Yu, Y. Sun, S. P. Alpay, and M. Aindow, “Microstructure Effects in Braze Joints Formed Between Ag/W Electrical Contacts and Sn-Coated Cu using Cu-Ag-P Filler Metal,” J. Mater. Sci. 50, 324-333 (2015).

S. P. Alpay, J. V. Mantese, S. Trolier-McKinstry, Q. M. Zhang, and R. W. Whatmore, “Next Generation Electrocaloric and Pyroelectric Materials for Solid State Electrothermal Energy Interconversion,” MRS Bulletin 39, 1099-1109 (2014).