Dr. Amanda E. Diegel is the recipient of a three-year NSF award entitled "Collaborative Research: Numerical Methods and Adaptive Algorithms for Sixth-Order Phase Field Models”. The aim of her research is to develop new computational methods to solve sixth-order parabolic nonlinear equations based on phase field crystal models and microemulsions systems. Examples of applications of phase filed crystal models include grain growth, dendritic and eutetic solidification, and epitaxial growth. Examples of applications of microemulsions systems include oil recovery, development of environmentally-friendly solvents, consumer and commercial cleaning product formulations, and drug delivery systems.
This grant will strengthen a collaborative partnership between MSU and UTEP and will also support research training opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students at both universities.