Welcome to 4D ICE

Laboratory for 4D Interface Control & Engineering

Enabling controllability in microstructure processing …

Welcome to 4D ICE

Laboratory for 4D Interface Control & Engineering

Enabling controllability in microstructure processing …

Welcome to 4D ICE

Laboratory for 4D Interface Control & Engineering

Enabling controllability in microstructure processing …

Welcome to 4D ICE

Laboratory for 4D Interface Control & Engineering

Enabling controllability in microstructure processing …

Welcome to 4D ICE

Laboratory for 4D Interface Control & Engineering

Enabling controllability in microstructure processing …

Welcome to 4D ICE

Laboratory for 4D Interface Control & Engineering

Enabling controllability in microstructure processing …

Research Areas

Alloy solidification

Alloy solidification

Solid-state transformations

Solid-state transformations

Self-assembly in polymers

Self-assembly in polymers

Electromigration

Electromigration

Multilayered films

Multilayered films

Geomaterials

Geomaterials

News

August 10, 2018: Our article “Analyzing the cooperative growth of intermetallic phases with a curved solidification front” accepted in Acta Materialia. Weblink

July 25, 2018: Dr. Ankit presented an invited talk at the World Congress on Computational Mechanics 2018 (WCCM) in the New York City.

July 11, 2018: Our article “Three‐Dimensional Phase‐field Investigation of Pore space Cementation and Permeability in Quartz Sandstone” published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth.

July 9-13, 2018: We organized a minisymposium titled Recent advances in phase-field modeling and analysis of microstructural evolution at the SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science 2018 (MS 18) in Portland, OR.

June 13, 2018: Our grant application titled “4D Characterization of Damage in Interconnects:  Experiment and Simulation” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

May 24, 2018: Our NASA-PSI grant application titled “Advanced Modeling and Simulation of Crystal Growth Dynamics” has been accepted for funding. Here is the news release.

May 23-24, 2018: Dr. Ankit presented invited talks at the two IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) located in Kanpur and Varanasi.

April 20, 2018: Our article “Measuring Solid-Liquid Interfacial Energy Fields: Diffusion-Limited Pattern” published in the Journal of Materials Science. Weblink

April 20, 2018: 4D ICE member Timoteo Diaz presented the keynote talk at the FURI symposium. He was selected on a competitive basis from a pool of 155 FURI students to present his research on self-assembly of block copolymers. Tim also presented at the FURI poster session.

March 13, 2018: Our article “Electromigration-induced surface drift and slit propagation in polycrystalline interconnects: Insights from phase-field simulations” published in Physical Review Applied.

February 27, 2018: Our article “Phase-field simulations of pearlitic divergence in Fe-C-Mn steels” published in Acta Materialia. Weblink

February 22, 2018: Our research finding features in FoundryMag. Weblink

February 1, 2018: EurekAlert, the news distribution service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, puts up a press release to report our research finding. Weblink

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Team

Kumar Ankit, Ph.D.

Kumar Ankit, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

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Kumar Ankit is an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy at the Arizona State University (ASU). He received an Integrated B.Tech.-M.Tech. degree (2010) in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, BHU and obtained Ph.D. (2015) in Mechanical Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, where he graduated summa cum laude. Following graduation, he was appointed as Group Leader at KIT, where he received a Young Investigator award from the German Research Foundation to pursue his research on the microstructural pattern formation in multicomponent steels. Prior to his appointment at ASU, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Texas A&M University where he worked in the area of modeling and simulations of pattern formation in vapor-deposited films. Ankit specializes in the development and application of mesoscopic modeling approaches and their integration with continuum approaches for both fundamental and applied research in microstructure science and engineering. He is currently interested in deciphering computational pathways to optimally design microstructure processing routes. Target areas include solidification, solid-state transformations and grain coarsening in multicomponent alloys and geomaterials, electromigration-induced damage, and self-organization in polymers and vapor-deposited films.

Education

  • Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) Mechanical Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (2015).
  • Integrated Dual Degree Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology BHU (2010).

Research Interests

Phase-field method, Pattern formation, Machine learning, Phase Transformations, Electromigration, Self-organization in soft matter, Vapor deposition.

Honors and Awards

  • German Research Foundation’s Young Investigator Award, 2016.
  • Poster award at the Third International Symposium on Phase-field Methods, Pennsylvania State University, State College, United States.
Rahul Raghavan

Rahul Raghavan

Graduate Research Associate

Education 

  • Master of Science, Materials Science and Engineering at Arizona State University
  • Bachelor of Technology, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at National Institute of Technology, Trichy

Work experience

  • Materials Engineer at Materials and Electrochemical Research Corporation, Tucson (2014-2016)
  • Research Assistant at SEMTE, ASU (2012-2013)

 Accomplishments 

  • Tau Beta Pi Honor Society Initiate (2016)
  • International Climate Champion, India award (2009)

Publications

  1. Wagner, N. A., Raghavan, R., Zhao, R., Wei, Q., Peng, X. and Chan, C. K. (2013), “Electrochemical Cycling of Sodium-Filled Silicon Clathrate”, ChemElectroChem.
  2. Li, Y., Raghavan, R., Wagner, N. A., Davidowski, S. K., Baggetto, L., Zhao, R.,  & Chan, C. K. (2015). Type I Clathrates as Novel Silicon Anodes: An Electrochemical and Structural Investigation. Advanced Science.
Shruti Sharma

Shruti Sharma

Graduate Research Associate

Education 

  • Bachelor of Technology (Honors) Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Work experience

  • Summer Intern at Bosch India Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, India (2015)
  • Summer Intern at Vedanta Resources, Chittorgarh, India (2014)

 Accomplishments 

  • 99.4% percentile in IIT-JEE 2012 among 0.5 million applicants.
  • Within top 1% in All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) among 1.1 million applicants.
  • Entitled as the best volunteer  in ‘Quit Smoking Campaign’ organized by the National Sports Organization at IIT Kharagpur.
Luke Baker

Luke Baker

Graduate Research Associate

Education 

  • B.S. in Mathematics (Minor in Physics), Cleveland State University,2014 (GPA 3.44)
  • M.S. in Mathematics, Cleveland State University,2016 (GPA 3.92)

Work experience

  • Graduate Assistant (Precalculus instructor), University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, Fall 2016 – Spring 2018.
  • Department of Energy EERE Robotics Internship (Magnetic Hysteresis Modeling), Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, Summer 2017

 Accomplishments 

  • 2017 COBI Advanced Leadership Academy Award

Publications

  1. Approximate Solution of the Schrodinger Equation for the Quartic Potential (in progress with Ulrich Zurcher from Cleveland State University)
William Farmer

William Farmer

Graduate Research Associate

Education 

  • Bachelors of Science, Chemistry/Biochemistry at University of West Florida

Work experience

  • NASA – FSGC Scholar at University of West Florida (2016-2018)
  • Summer Intern at Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems; Pensacola, FL (2015)

 Accomplishments 

  • 2017 American Institute of Chemists Award.

 Publications 

  • Hamilton, H. S. C., Farmer, W. M., Skinner, S. F., ter Haar, L. W. (2018) “Metal organic framework Cu9Cl2(cpa)6as tunable molecular magnet”AIP Adv. 8.
  • Farmer, W. M., Skinner, S. F., ter Haar, L. W. “Heat capacity of the highly frustrated triangulated Kagome lattice Cu9Cl2(cpa)6” AIP Adv. (Submitted).
Timoteo Diaz

Timoteo Diaz

FURI student

Education 

  • Bachelor of Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering at Arizona State University.

Work experience

  • Professional Tutor of Math & Sciences, Learning Center GateWay Community College (Aug 2016-Present).

Publications

  1. C Cornejo, M Bertram, T Diaz, N Herbots, S Narayan, J Day, A Dhamdhere, R Culbertson, R Islam(2018). Measuring Surface Energies of GaAs (100) and Si (100) by Three Liquid Contact Angle Analysis (3LCAA) for Heterogeneous Nano-BondingTM.
  2. T Diaz, C Cornejo, M Bertram, N Herbots, S Narayan, J Day, A Dhamdhere, R Culbertson, R Islam (2018). Direct Heterogeneous Nano-BondingTM of GaAs(100) to Si(100) at Near Atmospheric Pressure Below 220°C.

Positions

Graduate student positions

Prospective Ph.D. students should apply for admission to the Materials Science and Engineering program at ASU before contacting us. Please see instructions here. Applications are solely evaluated by the graduate admissions committee.

After a successful acceptance in the program, Ph.D. students who are interested in working at 4D ICE may send a copy of their CV and accomplishments to Prof. Kumar Ankit for consideration as Graduate Research Assistant. We are interested in hiring hard-working, motivated, and enthusiastic students with backgrounds in computational materials science, or physics with an inclination towards microstructure modeling.

Students interested in pursuing their Masters’ thesis research may contact Prof. Kumar Ankit along with their CV and transcripts.

Undergraduate student positions

Current undergraduates at ASU who are interested in working on a research project may contact Prof. Kumar Ankit by email. We are interested in enthusiastic, hard-working students with any science or engineering major. You are also encouraged to apply for a FURI project. Here is an advertisement.

Postdoctoral positions

Currently, we do not have funding to support a postdoc. However, applicants may contact Prof. Kumar Ankit if they have an external research support. Postdocs experienced in phase field modeling or machine learning/control theory are preferred.