Taylor D. Sparks portrait
  • Director of Materials Characterization Laboratory, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Director of ReUSE REU, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering


  • PhD, Applied Physics, Harvard University
  • MS, Materials, University of California Santa Barbara
  • BS, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah

Research Summary

Our research group focuses primarily on the discovery, synthesis, and characterization of new materials for energy applications such as batteries, thermoelectrics, thermal barrier coatings, thermal management systems and others. We are interested in new synthetic techniques, structure-property relationships, and developing sustainable materials that balance performance with economic factors such as cost, abundance, and availability.