Prof. Raj is engaged into two areas of research: (i) Flash Sintering and Related Phenomena, and (ii) Polymer Derived Ceramics (PDCs). He collaborates actively with institutions and Germany, Italy, Spain and Brazil. Exchange of students and senior scientists leads to publications in refereed international journals. In 2021 he has co-authored 16 publications and 2 patents. A paper in the American Ceramic Society in 2021. His research group fluctuates between 3 to 6 students and post-docs. He works closely and passionately with members of his research group. The work on flash sintering has evolved into new directions: (i) reactive flash sintering where the constituents of a multicomponent ceramic can be mixed elementally and flashed to yield fully dense single phase ceramic in a few seconds as low temperatures. This development can lead to new materials discovery. (ii) Flash sintiering of metals: tungsten. (iii) Ultrahigh conductivity graphene-infused-copper
FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
MCEN 5044 - Mechanical Behavior of Materials
Spring 2018 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2023
This introductory-level graduate course incorporates relevant aspects of materials science, solid mechanics, thermodynamics and mathematics, and applies them to achieve a fundamental understanding of the mechanical behavior of crystalline and non-crystalline engineering materials.