Ultra Materials for a Resilient, Smart Electricity Grid (ULTRA)

Ultra Materials for a Resilient, Smart Electricity Grid (ULTRA)


Robert J. Nemanich

Lead Institution

Arizona State University




To achieve extreme electrical properties and phenomena through fundamental understanding of ultra wide bandgap materials – including synthesis and impurity incorporation, electronic structure at interfaces, electron - phonon interactions at high fields, and phonon mediated thermal transport, which will enable a resilient, smart electricity grid.

Research Topics

phonons, thermal conductivity, defects, charge transport, microelectronics, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel systems)

Systems Studied

Systems: semiconductor, wide band-gap semiconductor

Interfaces: inorganic/inorganic

Nanostructured: None

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, surface science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), dynamical mean field theory (DMFT), monte carlo (MC), continuum modeling


Partner Institutions

  • Arizona State University
  • Cornell University
  • Michigan State University
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Stanford University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Bristol
  • University of California, Riverside

BES Staff Contact

Michael Pechan; Matthias Graf; Athena Sefat