Many of the sustainable technologies developed to tackle today’s energy and environmental concerns rely on rare and expensive materials, hampering their commercial viability. Dr. Kulbir Ghuman, Canada Research Chair in Computational Materials Design for Energy and Environmental Applications, aims to remedy this problem.
She and her research team hope to enable the use of abundant and cheaper materials by improving their performance, specifically in catalysis and fuel cell applications. This is challenging because these materials are often “disordered,” and their fundamental properties are not well-understood. Ghuman and her team are using advanced computational techniques to study disorder in these materials, supporting their use in the sustainable technologies of the future.