Welcome to Alem Research Group!
Alem’s PhD research was focused on the nanoscale mechanics and deformation behavior of confined interphases in multilayered metal-ceramic systems where she used transmission electron microscopy to investigate the role of chemistry, and size scale on the plasticity and deformation mechanism at small size scales. Alem’s postdoctoral research was focused on probing the atomic structure of defects and edges and their relaxations in two-dimensional crystals with the utilization of Ultra-high Resolution aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy. During her postdoc, Alem also studied the formation, growth and dynamics of defects in two dimensional crystals, i.e. graphene and hexagonal boron nitride under insitu heating and electrical biasing conditions. Alem joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Penn State on March 2013.