Karl D. Hammond, Ph.D. Professor of Chemical Engineering This site is moving! URL: https://hammondkd.mufaculty.umsystem.edu. This site will remain open until the server is shut off.



The Hammond research group uses a combination of computational modeling and experimental characterization to study materials that have energy applications. This includes adsorption, transport, separations, and catalysis using zeolite-like materials for both “traditional” and “renewable” fuels (such as biomass-derived molecules) as well as radiation damage to materials in nuclear reactors (some in fission reactors, but primarily in experimental fusion reactors and plasma devices).

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Our primary aim is to use computational techniques in tandem with experiments to achieve a better understanding of the underlying physical and chemical processes involved. This might mean direct investigation of a reaction or diffusion mechanism, or it may involve a series of calculations that, when viewed as a whole, paint a picture of the process from the atomic scale all the way up to entire device.

One inspiring aspect of computational materials science and catalysis research is an atomic-scale understanding of physical and chemical processes that is impossible using purely experimental means. Simulations also provide feedback as to what the next set of experiments should be; similarly, that set of experiments often provides a direction for the next set of simulations, and so on.

Group News

Awards and Honors

New Members and Recent Graduates

May 2021 Megan Herrington joined the group as part of the REU program. Megan will study neuton-induced effects in plasma-facing materials.

April 2021 Trent Adelmann and Camila Leiva joined the group. Trent will study nitridation processes in zeolites, and Camila will study hydrogen effects on metal properties near grain boundaries.

November 2020 Amir Mofrad left the group for a post-doctoral position at the University of South Carolina.

October 2020 Seth Paradise joined the group and will study helium interactions with interfaces.

May 2020 Andrea Saltos left the group for a position with Commonwealth Fusion Systems