Department Head and Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor
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Donald Brenner was a staff scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory before joining the NCSU faculty in 1994.
Brenner’s interests include atomistic simulations of the structure, growth and properties of thin films; simulated engineering of nanometer-scale structures and devices; solid-state chemical dynamics.
Dr. Brenner’s group’s research uses atomic-scale computer simulations to develop a fundamental understanding of many-body chemical dynamics in condensed phases, with an emphasis on technologically-important materials and processes. Specific areas of interest currently include molecule-surface collisions and thin film vapor deposition; energy transfer, friction, tribochemistry and their influence on the wear of sliding solid interfaces; shock-induced chemistry in solids; nanometer-scale structure and mechanical properties of grain boundaries in covalent materials; mechanisms of cross-linking and hardening of polymers via ion bombardment; and the development of new strategies for engineering nanometer-scale structures and devices. Much of the engineering of advanced materials and electronic devices in the next century will likely require building structures on a microscopic if not an atom-by-atom level. By exploring this realm, their simulations are helping to lay the foundation for the next generation of materials engineering.
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State University of New York
- Influence of mass and charge disorder on the phonon thermal conductivity of entropy stabilized oxides determined by molecular dynamics simulations
- Lim, M., Rak, Z., Braun, J. L., Rost, C. M., Kotsonis, G. N., Hopkins, P. E., … Brenner, D. W. (2019), JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 125(5). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5080419
- Nanotribological Performance Factors for Aqueous Suspensions of Oxide Nanoparticles and Their Relation to Macroscale Lubricity
- Acharya, B., Pardue, T. N., Su, L., Smirnov, A. I., Brenner, D. W., & Krim, J. (2019), LUBRICANTS, 7(6). https://doi.org/10.3390/lubricants7060049
- Phase stability and mechanical properties of novel high entropy transition metal carbides
- Harrington, T. J., Gild, J., Sarker, P., Toher, C., Rost, C. M., Dippo, O. F., … Vecchio, K. S. (2019), ACTA MATERIALIA, 166, 271–280. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2018.12.054
- Charge-Induced Disorder Controls the Thermal Conductivity of Entropy-Stabilized Oxides
- Braun, J. L., Rost, C. M., Lim, M., Giri, A., Olson, D. H., Kotsonis, G. N., … Hopkins, P. E. (2018), ADVANCED MATERIALS, 30(51). https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201805004
- Evidence for Jahn-Teller compression in the (Mg, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn)O entropy-stabilized oxide: A DFT study
- Rak, Z., Maria, J. P., & Brenner, D. W. (2018), Materials Letters, 217, 300–303. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2018.01.111
- First-principles investigation of diffusion and defect properties of Fe and Ni in Cr2O3
- Rak, Z., & Brenner, D. W. (2018), Journal of Applied Physics, 123(15).
- High-entropy high-hardness metal carbides discovered by entropy descriptors
- Sarker, P., Harrington, T., Toher, C., Oses, C., Samiee, M., Maria, J.-P., … Curtarolo, S. (2018), NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 9. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-07160-7
- Ab initio investigation of the surface properties of austenitic Fe-Ni-Cr alloys in aqueous environments
- Rak, Z., & Brenner, D. W. (2017), Applied Surface Science, 402, 108–113. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2017.01.048
- How predictable is plastic damage at the atomic scale?
- Li, D., Bucholz, E. W., Peterson, G., Reich, B. J., Russ, J. C., & Brenner, D. W. (2017), Applied Physics Letters, 110(9).
- Local structure of the MgxNixCoxCuxZnxO(x=0.2) entropy-stabilized oxide: An EXAFS study
- Rost, C. M., Rak, Z., Brenner, D. W., & Maria, J. P. (2017), Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 100(6), 2732–2738. https://doi.org/10.1111/jace.14756