Bogdan Dryzhakov, a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), has been selected for the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program. He is the 22nd student from UT to be chosen since the beginning of the program in 2014.
He works with Professor Bin Hu at UT and with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Corporate Fellow for the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) Sergei Kalinin. With them, Dryzhakov conducts research focused on ferroelectricity, which looks at how electric fields can change polarization of certain materials.
“Our research will investigate the ferroelectric-optical coupling phenomenon using advanced scanning probe microscopy at CNMS and ultra-fast spectroscopy at the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Advanced Materials,” said Dryzhakov. “Essentially, we propose that if we engineer ordered excited states then they can couple and contribute to the crystal’s ferroelectricity, leading to extraordinary excited state dynamics.”
This year’s SCGSR class is made up of 65 students representing 29 states. The goal of the program is to prepare students in STEM fields that are critical to the continued success of the DoE.
Students were selected based on how well their proposal fits DoE needs and plans, and are designed to help strengthen the students’ thesis ideas while providing research opportunities at DoE facilities and with DoE scientists.
Read more about Dryzhakov’s work and the US Department of Energy’s SCGSR Program on the Tickle College of Engineering’s website.