Taylor D. Sparks

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

Research

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.

Research Keywords

  • magnetoelectrics, Interest Level: 3
  • Thermoelectric materials, Interest Level: 5
  • Thermal Transport, Interest Level: 4
  • Energy Material Science, Interest Level: 3
  • Datamining, Interest Level: 4
  • Ceramic Engineering, Interest Level: 5
  • Air Pollution, Interest Level: 5

Research Groups

  • Suzanne Petryk, Visiting Student. Materials Science & Engineering. 06/01/2016 - 08/31/2016.
  • Austin Gottschalk, Undergraduate Student. Biology. 09/01/2015 - 09/01/2016.
  • Austin Gamblin, Undergraduate Student. Biology. 09/01/2015 - 09/01/2016.
  • David Burkhardt, Undergraduate Student. Materials Science and Engineering. 09/01/2015 - present.
  • Garrett Meeks, Graduate Student. BSMS Materials Science and Engineering. 09/01/2015 - present.
  • Brandon Day, Undergraduate Student. Materials Science and Engineering. 07/01/2015 - 05/01/2016.
  • Carina Hahn, Undergraduate Student. Materials Science and Engineering. 07/01/2015 - 06/30/2016.
  • Jeffrey Copeland, Undergraduate Student. Materials Science and Engineering. 07/01/2015 - 06/30/2016.
  • Carl Luft, Undergraduate Student. Materials Science and Engineering. 07/01/2015 - 05/01/2016.
  • Benjamin Gilmore, Undergraduate Student. Materials Science and Engineering. 06/01/2015 - present.
  • Kathryn Sautter, Undergraduate Student. Materials Science and Engineering. 05/01/2015 - 09/01/2015. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: REU student from Penn State.
  • Thiago Trindade, Undergraduate Student. Materials Science and Engineering. 05/01/2015 - 09/01/2015. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: Brazil Scientific Mobility Program.
  • Debora Costa Martins, Undergraduate Student. Materials Science and Engineering. 05/01/2015 - 09/01/2015. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: Brazil Scientific Mobility Program.
  • Alexandre Stella, Undergraduate Student. Materials Science and Engineering. 05/01/2015 - 09/01/2015. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: Brazil Scientific Mobility Program.
  • Kyu Bum Han, Postdoc. Materials Science and Engineering. 01/01/2015 - present.
  • Max Gallant, Undergraduate Student. Materials Science and Engineering. 09/01/2014 - 12/01/2015.
  • Jake Graser, Graduate Student. Materials Science and Engineering. 09/01/2014 - present.
  • Alexander Szendrei, Graduate Student. Materials Science and Engineering. 08/01/2014 - present. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: ARCS Fellowship.
  • Colton Fox, Graduate Student. BSMS Materials Science and Engineering. 08/01/2014 - present.
  • Matthew Judge, Undergraduate Student. Materials Science and Engineering. 07/01/2014 - 06/30/2015.
  • Kristina Lundgren, Undergraduate Student. Materials Science and Engineering. 07/01/2014 - 05/01/2016.
  • Ian Robinson, Undergraduate Student. Materials Science and Engineering. 07/01/2014 - 05/01/2016.
  • Leila Ghadbeigi, Graduate Student. 09/2013 - present.
  • Emily Timmims, Undergraduate Student. Materials Science and Engineering. 09/01/2013 - present.
  • Jeffrey Bates, Postdoc. Materials Science and Engineering. 09/01/2013 - 05/01/2014.