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

Research Keywords

  • magnetoelectrics
  • Thermoelectric materials
  • Thermal Transport
  • Energy Material Science
  • Datamining
  • Ceramic Engineering
  • Air Pollution

Presentations

  • Alexander Szendrei, Taylor D. Sparks, Anil Virkar "Use of embedded electrodes to resolve anode and cathode electrode polarizations in proton exchange membrane fuel cells" MS&T16, Oct 24-27 Salt Lake City, Utah, 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/27/2016.
    http://www.programmaster.org/PM/PM.nsf/ViewSession...
  • Alexander Szendrei, Taylor D. Sparks, Anil Virkar "Use of yttria-stabilized zirconia for potentiometric measurements at low temperatures" MS&T16, Oct 24-27 Salt Lake City, Utah, 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/26/2016.
    http://www.programmaster.org/PM/PM.nsf/ViewSession...
  • Jake Graser, Taylor D. Sparks "Integrated computational materials engineering for the discovery of new classes of materials" MS&T16, Oct 24-27, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/26/2016.
    http://www.programmaster.org/PM/PM.nsf/ViewSession...
  • Taylor D. Sparks, Patrick Nichols, Jeffrey Bates "Material replacement to reduce protein loss during hemodialysis"MS&T16, Oct 24-27 Salt Lake City, Utah, 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/25/2016.
    http://www.programmaster.org/PM/PM.nsf/ViewSession...
  • Kyu-Bum Han, Alexandre Stella, John Fuertez, John McLennan, Taylor D. Sparks "Performance of methanogen encapsulated proppant in release and conductivity" MS&T16, Oct 24-27, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/25/2016.
    http://www.programmaster.org/PM/PM.nsf/ViewSession...
  • Leila Ghadbeigi, Alexander Szendrei, Taylor D. Sparks, Anil Virkar "Synthesis of iron-doped Na- beta''-alumina + yttria-stabilized zirconia composite electrolytes by a vapor phase process" MS&T16, Oct 24-27, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/25/2016.
    http://www.programmaster.org/PM/PM.nsf/ViewSession...
  • Anton Oliynyk, Erin Antono, Taylor D. Sparks, Leila Ghadbeigi, Michael Gaultois, Bryce Meredig, Arthur Mar "Deceptively simple and endlessly complicated: Machine learning prediction and experimental confirmation of novel heusler compounds" MS&T16, Oct 24-27 Salt Lake City, Utah, 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/24/2016.
    http://www.programmaster.org/PM/PM.nsf/ViewSession...
  • Taylor D. Sparks, Benjamin Gilmore, Kyle Roberts, George Fisher "Cyclic delamination rates in fiber backed fluoropolymer linings" MS&T16, Oct 24-27 Salt Lake City, Utah, 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/24/2016.
    http://www.programmaster.org/PM/PM.nsf/ViewSession...

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.

Languages

  • Spanish, fluent.
  • German, functional.
  • Mandarin Chinese, basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Argentina
  • China

Publications

  • Alexander Szendrei, Taylor D. Sparks & Anil V. Virkar (2017). Measurement of ionic conductivity and electrode polarization at low temperatures on 8YSZ by a DC technique. Journal of the Electrochemical Society. Vol. 164, [14] F1-F8. In press, 11/06/2017.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/2.0331714jes
  • John Fuertez & Richard Boakye, John McLennan, D. Jack Adams, Taylor D. Sparks, Austin Gottschalk (2017). Developing methanogenic microbial consortia from diverse coal sources and environments. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. Vol. 46, 637-650. Published, 10/01/2017.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2017.07.028
  • John Fuertez & Van Nguyen, John D. McLennan, D. Jack Adams, Kyu-Bum-Han and Taylor D.Sparks (2017). Optimization of biogenic methane production from coal. International Journal of Coal Geology. Vol. 183, 14-24. Published, 09/29/2017.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coal.2017.09.014
  • Akira Nagaoka, Kyu-Bum Han, Sudhajit Misra, Thomas Wilenski, Taylor D. Sparks, Michael A. Scarpulla “Growth and characterization of arsenic doped CdTe single crystals grown by Cd-solvent traveling heater method” Journal of Crystal Growth, online March 2 2017. In press, 03/07/2017.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2017.03.002
  • Anton Oliynyk, Erin Antono, Taylor D. Sparks, Leila Ghadbeigi, Michael Gaultois, Bryce Meredig, and Arthur Mar “High-Throughput Machine-Learning-Driven Synthesis of Full-Heusler Compounds” Chemistry of Materials, accepted Sep 17 2016.. Accepted, 09/18/2016.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b02724
  • Aria M. Tehrani, Leila Ghadbeigi, Jakoah Brgoch, and Taylor D. Sparks “Balancing mechanical properties and sustainability in the search for superhard materials” Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation, accepted September 1, 2016.. Accepted, 09/01/2016.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40192-017-0085-4
  • Malinda L.C. Buffon, Geneva Laurita, Nisha Verma, Leo Lamontagne, Leila Ghadbeigi, Demetrious L. Lloyd, Taylor D. Sparks, Tresa M. Pollock, and Ram Seshadri, “Enhancement of Thermoelectric Properties in the Nb--Co--Sn Half-Heusler/Heusler System Through Spontaneous Inclusion of a Coherent Second Phase” Journal of Applied Physics, 120, [7], 075104 (2016). Published, 08/19/2016.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4961215
  • Nichols, Patrick E., Jeffrey S. Bates, and Taylor D. Sparks. "Exploration of Polytetrafluoroethylene as a Potential Material Replacement for Hemodialysis Applications." MRS Advances: 1-7 (2016). Published, 06/20/2016.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/adv.2016.473
  • Leila Ghadbeigi, Zixiao Liu, Taylor D. Sparks, and Anil V. Virkar “Synthesis of Ion Conducting Sodium Zirconium Gallate + Yttria- Stabilized Zirconia by a Vapor Phase Process” Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 163, [8], A1560-A1565 (2016). Published, 05/24/2016.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/2.0501608jes
  • Leila Ghadbeigi, Alexander Szendrei, Pablo Moreno, Taylor D. Sparks, and Anil V. Virkar, “Synthesis of Iron-Doped Na-Beta"-Alumina + Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Composite Electrolytes by a Vapor Phase Process” Solid State Ionics, 290, 77-82 (2016). Published, 04/11/2016.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssi.2016.04.006
  • Ram Seshadri and Taylor D. Sparks “Perspective: Interactive materials properties databases through aggregation of literature data” invited article, APL Materials, 4, 053206, (2016). Published, 03/03/2016.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4944682
  • Michael W. Gaultois, Anton Oliynyk, Arthur Mar, Taylor D. Sparks, Gregory Mulholland, and Bryce Meredig "Perspective: Web-based machine learning models for real-time screening of thermoelectric materials properties " APL Materials, 4, [5], 053213 (2016). Selected as cover article.. Published, 02/15/2016.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4952607
  • Alexander Szendrei, Taylor D. Sparks, and Anil V. Virkar “Possible Use of Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia for Potentiometric Measurements at Room Temperature”, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 163, [5] F416-F420 (2016). Published, 02/10/2016.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/2.0891605jes
  • Leo Lamontagne, Geneva Laurita, Michael Gaultois, Michael Knight, Leila Ghadbeigi, Taylor D. Sparks, Craig Brown, and Ram Seshadri “High Thermopower with Metallic Conductivity in p-Type Li-Substituted PbPdO2Chemistry of Materials, 28, [10], 3367-3373 (2016). Accepted, 02/01/2016.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b00447
  • Taylor D. Sparks, Anton Oliynyk, Michael W. Gautois, and Jakoah Brgoch “Datamining approach in thermoelectrics,” invited Viewpoint Set article, Scripta Materialia, 111, (2016) 10-15. Published, 01/15/2016.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2015.04.026
  • Leila Ghadbeigi, Brandon Day, Kristina Lundgren, and Taylor D. Sparks “Cold temperature performance of phase change material based battery thermal management systems” submitted. Revise/resubmit(1), 01/10/2016.
  • Garrett Meeks, Jason Dalton, Taylor D. Sparks, and Dinesh K. Shetty “A functionally-graded carbide in the Ta-C system” Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 99, [2] 392-394 (2016). Published, 12/12/2015.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jace.14045
  • Michael W. Gaultois, Jason E. Douglas, Taylor D. Sparks, and Ram Seshadri “Single-step preparation and consolidation of reduced early-transition-metal oxide/metal n-type thermoelectric composites” AIP Advances, 5, 097144, 2015. Published, 09/14/2015.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4931161
  • Leila Ghadbeigi, Jaye K. Harada, Bethany Lettiere, and Taylor D. Sparks “Data-mining approach for battery materials” 2015 IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech) 239-244 (2015). Published, 09/01/2015.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/SusTech.2015.7314353
  • Leila Ghadbeigi, Jaye K. Harada, Bethany Lettiere, and Taylor D. Sparks “Performance and resource considerations of Li-ion battery electrode materials” Energy and Environmental Science, 8, 1640-1650 (2015) Selected as rear cover article.. Published, 03/27/2015.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C5EE00685F
  • Michael W. Gaultois and Taylor D. Sparks “How much improvement in thermoelectric performance can come from reducing thermal conductivity?” Applied Physics Letters, 104, 113906 (2014). Published, 03/17/2014.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4869232
  • Taylor D. Sparks, Moureen C. Kemei, Phillip T. Barton, Ram Seshadri, Eun-Deok Mun, and Vivien Zapf, “Magnetocapacitance as a sensitive probe of magnetostructural changes in NiCr2O4Physical Review B, 89, [2] 024405 (2014). Published, 01/10/2014.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.89.024405
  • Michael Gaultois, Taylor D. Sparks, Christopher K. H. Borg, Ram Seshadri, William Bonificio, David R. Clarke, "Data -driven review of thermoelectric materials: Performance and resource considerations," Chemistry of Materials, 25, [15] 2911-2920 (2013). DOI: 10.1021/cm400893e Selected as cover article.. Accepted, 05/06/2013.