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 University Distinguished Research Professor and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at University of North Texas. Dr. Du currently serves the Interim Associate Dean for Research at College of Engineering of UNT. He 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 was promoted to Professor in 2017. Prof. Du’s research focues on atomistic computer simulations of glass, ceramics, and nanostructured materials. His research has been funded by both federal agencies (NSF, DOE, ARL, AFRL) and multi industry sources (such as SRC and AGC) with over $4M total external funding (his portion. Total award >$16M). He has published over 150 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 topics in national and international conferences and has made over 75 invited talks and seminars. He is the Technical Committee Chair of TC27 atomistic simulation of glass of International Commission of Glass (ICG). He currently serves as the Chair of the Glass and Optical Materials Division of American Ceramic Society. He serves as Associate Editor of International Journal of Applied Glass Science and Frontier of Materials: Glass Science. Prof. Du is the recipient of the university Research Leadership Award (2018), Early Career Award of Research and Creativity (2012), and college of engineering Faculty Research Award (2016) of UNT. He is also the recipient of the W.E.S. Turner Award of International Commission on Glass (ICG) and the Fulbright US Scholar (2019).
- Group member updates: PhD student Jayani Kalahe is doing an internship at AGC Inc. in Tokyo Japan in Spring 2024; PhD student Cristina Lopez Puga is to attend the 2nd International School on Glasses and Glass-Ceramics in Sao Carlos Brazil.
- Our group member and Ph.D. student Jayani Kalahe won the 1st prize of graduate poster competition during the 2023 Glass and Optical Materials Division (GOMD) annual meeting in New Orleans. Congratulations to Jayani!
- New book "Atomistic Simulations of Glasses: Fundamentals and Applications" edited by Dr. Du and Dr. Cormack published by Wiley.
- Dr. Du receives DOE ARPA-E award to study phosphate based molten salt nuclear waste forms. Details can be found at UNT Engineering News.
- United Nation designates 2022 as the International Year of Glass. There are celebration activities of IYoG around the world. Materials Advantage UNT chapter organized local celebration by organizing glass etching workshop in March 2022.
- Dr. Du's sabbatical experience at Corning Inc. in the news: "Fulcher Sabbatical Scholar Energized, Inspired by Corning Experience"
- Dr. Du elected Fellow of ASM International
- Special issue on "Molecular dynamics simulations of glasses: current status and challenges" published at the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids
- Nature Materials paper on accelerated corrosion due to materials interactions highlighted in UNT News Release
- Dr. Du appointed Editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society
- Dr. Du elected Fellow of the American Ceramic Society
- ACerS Volunteer Spotlight highlights Dr. Du
- UNT News Release reports Dr. Du and group research: for love of glass
- Dr. Du won Fulbright US Scholar Award & ACerS spotlight report on Dr. Du's Fulbright visit to Brazil
- DOE Science News reports on EFRC project we are part of "Synergy for storage: containing nuclear waste for thousdands of years"
- Denton Record Chronicle reports our research on nuclear waste glasses through computer simulations
- Discovery of glass corrosion gel layer reorganization published at Nature Communications
- Postdoctoral researcher position opening!
- Dr. Jincheng Du organizes 2018 Glass and Optical Materials Conference.
- Prof. Du’s research and group featured in MRS video on UNT CASCaM and MSE department.