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Alastair N. Cormack PDF Print E-mail

Van Derck Fréchette
Professor of Ceramic Science

Educational Background:

M.A. University of Cambridge
M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Wales, Aberystwyth

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Phone: (607) 871-2304
Location: McMahon Building, Room 132

Research Overview

We use atomistic computer simulations to tackle problems in inorganic solid state chemistry.   Two major themes are (i) the structure and reactivity of silicate glasses and
(ii) non-stoichiometry and defect structure in crystalline materials.   In both themes, the interplay between nano scale structure and chemistry is explored, using both classical and quantum mechanical techniques,
as appropriate.

Current and Recent Projects

  • Reactivity of water in silicate glasses
  • Simulation of bioactive glasses
  • Modelling the mechanical properties of silicate glasses and glass fibers
  • Nano-scale domains and defect structures in Sc-doped zirconia and Gd-doped ceria
  • Simulation of ceria nanoparticles

Select Publications
“Atomistic Simulation of B-type - Fluorite Structural Relationship and B-type Large Defect Clusters in Gadolinia Doped Ceria”, B. Wang, R. J. Lewis and A. N. Cormack, Solid State Ionics, 182 8-12 (2011)

“Surface Signatures of bioactivity: MD simulations of 45S and 65S Silicate Glasses”, A. Tilocca, and A. N. Cormack, Langmuir, 26, 545–551 (2010)

“Modelling the water-bioglass interface by ab-initio molecular dynamics” Tilocca, A., and Cormack, A. N., ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 1, 1324, (2009).

“Exploring the Surface of Bioactive Glasses: Water Adsorption and Reactivity”,  A. Tilocca and A. N. Cormack, J. Phys. Chem. C, 112 (31), 11936-11945, (2008)

“Molecular dynamics studies of stress-strain behavior of silica glass under a tensile load”, A. Pedone, G. Malavasi, M. C. Menziani, U. Segre and A. N. Cormack, Chemistry of Materials 20 [13] 4356-4366 (2008)


Industry Advisors

As a complement, the Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) is building a "Team" of Industry Advisors from a broad spectrum of industries experienced in a wide range of industries such as Energy, Healthcare, and Environment.

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The Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology is sponsored by the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation.

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Short Courses

For those interested in increasing their expertise in the field of ceramics and glasses, or those just being introduced, Short Courses are a good option. Designed for professionals in the ceramics and glass industry, these intensive courses offer a chance to update knowledge of the field in a short period of time.  Courses range from detailed, in-depth examinations of very specific topics to broader introductory classes.

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