In the Faber group, my research focuses on identifying and tracking the paths of ceramic fracture. We are primarily interested in how microstructure affects crack path and fracture strength, and are pursuing the characterization of properties that can be verified and predicted using phase field models. We perform in-house physical experiments as well as high-energy X-ray experiments at the Argonne National Lab's Advanced Photon Source to gain an intricate understanding of these structures at both the macroscopic and the microscopic scales.

Cultural Heritage Materials

I am interested in the intersection of history and materials, specifically in the field of art and architecture. These materials are subject to degradation from various processes, but the challenge in preserving and characterizing them requires non-destructive techniques which materials science is well-suited for optimizing.