Faculty Profile

Nicola Helen Perry

Materials Science and Engineering
Nicola Helen Perry
Nicola Helen Perry
Assistant Professor

Primary Research Area

  • Materials for Energy and the Environment

Education

  • PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2009
  • BA, French Studies, Rice University, 2005
  • BS, Materials Science and Engineering, Rice University, 2005

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 1/2018-Present
  • Affiliate Faculty, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Materials Research Laboratory, 1/2018-Present
  • WPI Assistant Professor, Kyushu University, International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (WPI-I2CNER), 8/2014-Present
  • Research Affiliate / Visiting Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 10/2012-1/2018
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Kyushu University, International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (WPI-I2CNER), 9/2012-8/2014
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University / Energy Frontier Research Center for Inverse Design, Materials Science and Engineering, 12/2009-8/2012

Post-Doctoral Research Opportunities

Researchers with a strong background in ceramic synthesis, oxide film growth, and/or electrical, electrochemical, optical, or structural characterization are welcome to contact Prof. Perry by email to discuss possible postdoctoral research opportunities.

Graduate Research Opportunities

Several opportunities exist for graduate students to join the group and be involved in synthesis and in situ characterization of functional oxides. Please email Prof. Perry at nhperry@illinois.edu directly for further information.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate students who are interested in participating in research with the group are welcome to contact Prof. Perry by email. Opportunities are likely to become available later in 2018 rather than earlier.

Research Interests

  • functional ceramics
  • oxides for energy conversion and storage
  • point defect-mediated properties: ionic/electronic transport, chemical expansion, surface reactivity
  • thin film growth by pulsed laser deposition
  • in situ/operando characterization (electrochemical, optical, structural)
  • interfacial and grain boundary electrochemical, electrical, and dielectric behavior
  • electro-chemo-mechanical coupling

Research Topics

Books Edited or Co-Edited (Original Editions)

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Articles in Conference Proceedings

Honors

  • Award for Encouragement of Research, International Union of Materials Research Societies (2017)
  • Kakenhi Grant-in-Aid For Young Scientists B, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2015)
  • Kakenhi Grant-in-Aid For Young Scientists B, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2013)
  • Future Leaders Program, International Congress on Ceramics, American Ceramic Society (2012)
  • Poster Award, Materials Research Society (2010)
  • Edward C. Henry Award, American Ceramic Society (2009)
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation (2006)