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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Faculty

Scott P. Beckman

Scott Beckman

Acting Director of the Materials Science and Engineering Program (MSEP)
Associate Professor

ETRL 252


  • Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2005
  • M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, 2003
  • B.S. in Ceramic Engineering, Iowa State University, 1999

Professional Preparation

  • Visiting Associate Professor, Tohoku University, May 2011 – July 2011
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rutgers University, 2007 – 2008
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Texas, 2005 – 2007

Research Interests

  • Theoretical and computational methods
  • Thermal properties of materials
  • Multi-functional materials
  • Materials for energy application

Selected Publications

Complete List of Publications on Google Scholar

  • Brian K. Voas, Tedi-Marie Usher, Xiaoming Liu, Shen Li, Jacob L. Jones, Xiaoli Tan, Valentino R. Cooper, and Scott P. Beckman “Special quasirandom structures to study the (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 random alloy” Physical Review B 90, 024105 (2014).
  • L. F. Wan and S. P. Beckman, “Complex borides based on the AlLiB14 crystal structure as high temperature thermoelectric compound” Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 16, 25337 (2014).
  • S. P. Beckman, L. F. Wan, J. A. Barr, and T. Nishimatsu, “Effective Hamiltonian methods for predicting the electrocaloric behavior of BaTiO3” Materials Letters 89, 254 (2012).
  • L. F. Wan and S. P. Beckman, “Fracture strength of AlLiB14” Physical Review Letters 109, 145501 (2012).
  • C. Bischoff, K. Schuller, S. P. Beckman and, S. W. Martin, “Non-Arrhenius ionic conductivities in glasses due to a distribution of activation energies” Physical Review Letters 109, 075901 (2012).
  • S. P. Beckman, X. Wang, K. M. Rabe, and D. Vanderbilt, “Ideal barriers to polarization reversal and domain-wall motion in strained ferroelectric thin ?lms” Physical Review B 79, 144124 (2009).
  • Amir Natan, Ayelet Benjamini, Doron Naveh, Leeor Kronik, Murilo L. Tiago, S. P. Beckman, and James R. Chelikowsky, “Real-space pseudopotential method for ?rst principles calculations of general periodic and partially periodic systems” Physical Review B 78, 075109 (2008).
  • X. Xu, S. P. Beckman, P. Specht, E. R. Weber, D. C. Chrzan, R. P. Erni, I. Arslan, N. Browning, A. Bleloch, and C. Kisielowski, “Distortion and segregation in a dislocation core region at atomic resolution” Physical Review Letters 95, 145501 (2005).