The Interfaces Engineering Laboratory focuses on the fabrication of nanorods and thin films, with secondary effort on mechanics and radiation damage of nanostructures. The research involves a combination of physical vapor deposition experiment, chemical vapor deposition experiment, atomistic simulations, and theoretical formulations. Augmenting the materials/mechanics research, the Laboratory also works on the development of simulation methods – including the Response Embedded Atom Method (R-EAM) and the polycrystalline lattice kinetic Monte Carlo method. Current sponsors include: Office of Basic Energy Science of US Department of Energy, and US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


  • Congratulations to Stephen Stagon on becoming Assistant Professor at University of North Florida, starting Fall 2014. Steve received PhD in 2013 in this Lab, and worked as a research assistant professor (50%) and teaching assistant professor (50%) for one year during 2013-2014. 

  • Congratulations to Xiaobin Niu on becoming Young 1000-Talent Chair Professor at Electronic University of Science and Technology China, starting Fall 2014. Xiaobin received PhD UCLA, and worked as a post-doc then research assistant professor in this group during 2011-2014. 

  • Taking the "Smallest Metallic Nanorods" to applications, we have developed a technology of metallic seal that is feasible at room temperature, under small mechanical pressure, and in ambient environment. Yet, the leak rate of the metallic seal is at least 1000X better than that of polymeric seal. The results are published in Nature Scientific Reports 3, 3066 (2013).

  • Our recent work "Smallest Metallic Nanorods Using Physical Vapor Deposition" in Physical Review Letters 110, 136102 (2013) has been chosen as the Editors' Suggestion, hilighted as the Synopsis in Physics at, and is currently the lead story on UConn Today.

  • Stephen Stagon (PhD 2013) is featured at UConn Graduate School website

  • Paul Elliot (PhD expected 2017) has been competitively selected to represent UConn Engineering at the Universities’ 21 Graduate Research Conference on Energy Systems, Policy and Solutions [see].

  • Congratulations to Stephen Stagon on wing the Graduate Research Award (2nd place).

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