Nina Balke

Associate Professor

AIF Director
Associate Professor

Education

Ph. D 2006

Materials Science

Technical University Darmstadt, Germany

B.S. 2003

Materials Science

Technical University Darmstadt, Germany

Research Description

Dr. Nina Balke is an Associate Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department and the Director of the Analytical Instrumentation Facility. She received her MS and Ph.D. in Materials Sciences from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany. Dr. Balke’s research focuses on utilizing state-of-the-art atomic force microscopy to understand and discover new nanoscale materials functionality driven by electric fields and potentials for information and energy technology. This encompasses electromechanical, mechanical, and transport phenomena in inorganic materials and across fluid-solid interfaces. She received her Ph.D. in Materials Sciences from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, in 2006. After being a Feodor-Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University of California in Berkeley, she became a research staff member at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2010 before she joined NCSU in 2021.

Grants

Through Thickness Variations of Degradation Phenomena in Piezoelectric and Ferroelectric Ceramics, CDP Core Project
NCSU Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics (CDP)(7/01/22 - 6/30/23)