Functional Glasses and Materials Modeling Laboratory (FGM2L)
Functional Glasses and Materials Modeling Laboratory at UNT focuses on functional glass and ceramic materials for biomedical, electronic, environmental and energy application, as well applying and development computer simulations and materials modeling methods to study various types of material structures and behaviors. We are currently working on research topics like bioactive glasses, nuclear waste glasses, glass corrosion, solid state electrolytes, low-k dielectrics, and electronic ceramics.
We use atomistic computer simulation methods such as classical and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, first principles calculations, and Monte Carlo simulations. We are also interested in developing empirical potentials for the modeling of oxide glass/ceramics and related materials, developing Monte Carlo and Kinetic Monte Carlo methods to study complex structures and chemical reactions. The computational and modeling investigations are usually integrated with experimental studies, either in the group or with collaborators.
FGM2L is led by Dr. Jincheng Du who is a Professor and Associate Department Chair for Graduate Program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. Dr. Du received his Ph.D. in Ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. He subsequently worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and later as a research associate at University of Virginia. He joined the MSE Department of UNT as a faculty member in 2007 and currently serves as the Graduate Advisor and graduate program director of the same department. Prof. Du’s research expertise lies in atomistic computer simulations of glass, ceramics, and nanostructured materials. He is the Chair of Technical Committee on atomistic simulation and modeling of glasses of International Commission of Glass (ICG). Dr. Du’s research has been funded by NSF, DOE, AFRL and SRC (with over $5M total external funding). He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and proceeding papers. He recently co-authored a book on Molecular dynamics simulations of amorphous materials in the Springer Series of Material Science in 2015. Dr. Du is a frequent speaker on the topic in national and international conferences and has made over 45 invited talks and seminars.