Donald Brenner

Head and Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor

Prof. Brenner received his B.S. from the State University of New York in 1982, and his Ph.D. from Penn. State University in 1987, both in Chemistry. He then joined the research staff of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory as a member of the Theoretical Chemistry Section. In 1994 Brenner joined the faculty at NC State, where he is currently a Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor and Department Head in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research focuses on the development and use of atomic, multi-scale and statistical modeling methods for the virtual design, development and characterization of advanced materials. His awards include the 2002 Feynman Prize for advances in nanotechnology, the 2013 Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award, and the 2016 Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence. 


High-entropy ceramics: Propelling applications through disorder
Toher, C., Oses, C., Esters, M., Hicks, D., Kotsonis, G. N., Rost, C. M., … Curtarolo, S. (2022, April 19), MRS BULLETIN.
Carbon stoichiometry and mechanical properties of high entropy carbides
Hossain, M. D., Borman, T., Kumar, A., Chen, X., Khosravani, A., Kalidindi, S. R., … Maria, J.-P. (2021), ACTA MATERIALIA.
Entropy Landscaping of High-Entropy Carbides
Hossain, M. D., Borman, T., Oses, C., Esters, M., Toher, C., Feng, L., … Maria, J.-P. (2021, September 2), ADVANCED MATERIALS.
High-Entropy Ultra-High-Temperature Borides and Carbides: A New Class of Materials for Extreme Environments
Feng, L., Fahrenholtz, W. G., & Brenner, D. W. (2021), ANNUAL REVIEW OF MATERIALS RESEARCH, VOL 51, 2021.
Settling the matter of the role of vibrations in the stability of high-entropy carbides
Esters, M., Oses, C., Hicks, D., Mehl, M. J., Jahnatek, M., Hossain, M. D., … Curtarolo, S. (2021), NATURE COMMUNICATIONS.
Dynamics of Neutral and Charged Nanodiamonds in Aqueous Media Confined between Gold Surfaces under Normal and Shear Loading
Su, L., Krim, J., & Brenner, D. W. (2020), ACS OMEGA, 5(18), 10349–10358.
Electron and phonon thermal conductivity in high entropy carbides with variable carbon content
Rost, C. M., Borman, T., Hossain, M. D., Lim, M., Quiambao-Tomko, K. F., Tomko, J. A., … Hopkins, P. E. (2020), ACTA MATERIALIA, 196, 231–239.
Exchange interactions and long-range magnetic order in the (Mg,Co,Cu,Ni,Zn)O entropy-stabilized oxide: A theoretical investigation
Rak, Z., & Brenner, D. W. (2020), JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 127(18).
Dielectric and Electrostatic Properties of the Silica Nanoparticle-Water Interface by EPR of pH-Sensitive Spin Probes
Perelygin, V., Voinov, M. A., Marek, A., Ou, E., Krim, J., Brenner, D., … Smirnov, A. I. (2019), JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 123(49), 29972–29985.
Effect of water chemistry on the composition of oxides formed on stainless steel surfaces in light water reactors
Rak, Z., & Brenner, D. W. (2019), JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 526.

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Donald Brenner