Interdisciplinary Materials Research through Characterization

Dr. Jacob L. Jones

Jones is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Director and Principal Investigator of the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network, Director of the Analytical Instrumentation Facility, and a University Faculty Scholar.

Jones has published over 200 papers and delivered over 100 invited and plenary lectures on his research since 2004. Jones is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and has received numerous awards for his research and education activities, including a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), an NSF CAREER award, the IEEE Ferroelectrics Young Investigator Award, a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Defense Program Award of Excellence. Jones is Vice President for Ferroelectrics in the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control (UFFC) Society.

Dr. Jones is known for promoting international science and engineering initiatives. Jones has enabled over 50 U.S. students to obtain research experiences overseas and has hosted a multitude of foreign students. Since 2012, Jones has held a visiting appointment in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales, currently at the level of Visiting Professorial Fellow. In 2012, Jones received the International Educator of the Year award (Senior Faculty Awardee) from the University of Florida International Center.

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Our Research

Our group applies advanced in situ X‑ray and neutron scattering methods in order to study real-time, processing-structure-property relationships of materials. These sophisticated measurements provide highly unique insight into both established and emerging materials and processes, enabling more intelligent design of materials and materials processes. The materials of primary focus have been dielectric, piezoelectric, ferroelectric, and multiferroic crystals, ceramics, and thin films which have applications including, but not limited to, impact and displacement sensors, actuators, capacitors, nano- and micro-electromechanical (MEMS) systems, diesel fuel injectors, vibrational energy harvesting, sonar, and ultrasound. However, the tools and techniques developed in pursuit of these efforts are also widely applicable to the study of other materials and we’ve undertaken such investigations in ceramic electrolytes, battery materials, metals, and composites.

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