Donald Brenner

Department Head and Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor

  • 919-515-1338
  • Engineering Building I (EB1) 3028D
  • Visit My Website

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.

Education

Ph.D. 1987

Chemistry

Pennsylvania State University

B.S. 1982

Chemistry

State University of New York

Publications

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
Spatial prediction of crystalline defects observed in molecular dynamic simulations of plastic damage
Peterson, G. C. L., Li, D., Reich, B. J., & Brenner, D. (2017), Journal of Applied Statistics, 44(10), 1761–1784. https://doi.org/10.1080/02664763.2016.1221915
Statistical and image analysis for characterizing simulated atomic-scale damage in crystals
Li, D., Reich, B. J., & Brenner, D. W. (2017), Computational Materials Science, 135, 119–126. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.commatsci.2017.03.054
Using spatial cross-correlation image analysis to characterize the influence of strain rate on plastic damage in molecular dynamics simulations
Li, D., Reich, B. J., & Brenner, D. W. (2017), Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 25(7).

View all publications via NC State Libraries

View publications on Google Scholar