NSF Chemical Bonding Center: Chemical Design of MaterialsNational Science Foundation


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The Center for the Chemical Design of Materials
(CDM) is a National Science Foundation-funded interdisciplinary forum for integrated research, education, and public engagement in the chemistry of multifunctional materials.

The goals of the Center are:

  • to use principles of chemical bonding to obtain a scientific understanding of smart phenomena in solids
  • to design and prepare materials that combine multiple contraindicated functionalities
  • to enhance the public's appreciation of chemistry as the fundamental science driving modern innovation.

The CDM research team consists of four Chemists [Halasyamani (U. Houston), Woodward (Ohio State) and Seshadri and Spaldin (UCSB)] and two Materials Scientists [Salvador (Carnegie Mellon) and Stemmer (UCSB)], with expertise spanning chemical synthesis, structural characterization, optical, magnetic and dielectric property measurement, thin film growth and first-principles computation.

Tamar Raviv leads the education effort, which focuses on students and teachers in the 5th Grade; the level at which principles of Chemical Bonding are introduced in the California standards.

NSF-CBC Review, February/March 2006, Posters
(password protected)

New tellurite materials (Presented by P. Shiv Halasyamani): PDF

Geometric ferroelectrics (Presented by Paul A. Salvador): PDF

Outreach (Presented by Lauren Benz): PDF

Interfaces (Presented by Dimitri Klenov): PDF

Multiferroics (Presented by P. M. Woodward): PDF

For further information please contact Nicola Spaldin at nicola@mrl.ucsb.edu




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