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Samrat Choudhury, Ph.D.

Samrat Choudhury, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


McClure Hall 303C



Mailing Address

Chemical & Materials Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1021
Moscow, ID 83844-1021

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2008
  • M. Engg., Metallurgy, Indian Institute of Science, 2000
  • B. Engg., Metallurgical Engineering, Regional Engineering College, 1998

  • Structure-property relationship in materials
  • Multi-scale modeling of materials
  • Materials informatics
  • Nuclear materials
  • Energy materials
  • Multi-functional materials

Samrat Choudhury is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. Prior to joining the University of Idaho, Choudhury served as a scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he initially joined as a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow in 2010. He graduated with a doctorate in materials science and engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008 and a master's in metallurgy from Indian Institute of Science in 2000. He completed his undergraduate degree in metallurgical engineering from Regional Engineering College, India, in 1998.

  • S. Choudhury, D. Morgan and B. P. Uberuaga “Massive interfacial reconstruction at misfit dislocations in metal/oxide interfaces” Scientific Reports 4, 6533, 2014 
  • L. Barnard, G. A. Young, B. Swoboda, S. Choudhury, A. Van der Ven, D. Morgan, J. D. Tucker “Atomistic modeling of the order-disorder phase transformation in the Ni2Cr model alloy” Acta Materialia 81, 258, 2014
  • N. Balke, S. Choudhury, S. Jesse, M. Huijben, Y. H. Chu, A. P. Baddorf, L. Q. Chen, R. Ramesh and S. V. Kalinin “Deterministic control of ferroelastic switching in multiferroic materials” Nature Nanotechnology 4, 868, 2009
  • B. J. Rodriguez, S. Choudhury, Y.H. Chu, A. Bhattacharyya, S. Jesse, K. Seal, A. P. Baddorf, R. Ramesh, L. Q. Chen and S. V. Kalinin “Unraveling deterministic mesoscopic polarization switching mechanisms: spatially resolved studies of a tilt grain boundary in bismuth ferrite” Advanced Functional Materials 19, 2053, 2009
  • S. Choudhury, Y. L. Li, L. Q. Chen and Q. X. Jia. “Strain effect on coercive field of epitaxial barium titanate thin films ” Applied Physics Letters 92, 142907, 2008
  • S. Jesse, B. J. Rodriguez, S. Choudhury, A. P. Baddorf, I. Vrejoiu, D. Hesse, M. Alexe, E. A. Eliseev, A. N. Morozovska, J. Zhang, L. Q. Chen and S. V. Kalinin "Direct imaging of the spatial and energy distribution of nucleation centers in ferroelectric materials" Nature Materials 7, 209, 2008
  • S. Choudhury, Y. L. Li, C. E. Krill and L. Q. Chen, “ Phase-field simulation of polarization switching and domain evolution in ferroelectric polycrystals”, Acta Materialia 53, 5313, 2005
  • J. H. Haeni, P. Irvin, W. Chang, R. Uecker, P. Reiche, Y. L. Li, S. Choudhury, W.Tian, M.E. Hawley, B. Craigo, A. K. Taganstev, X. Q. Pan, S. K. Streiffer, L. Q. Chen, S. W. Kirchoefer, J. Levy and D. G. Schlom, “Room-temperature ferroelectricity in strained SrTiO3” Nature 430, 758, 2004
  • S. Choudhury, A. S. Gandhi and V. Jayaram, “ Bulk, dense, nanocrystalline yttrium aluminum garnet by consolidation of amorphous powders at low temperatures and high pressures” Journal of the American Ceramic Society 86, 247, 2003

Samrat Choudhury’s expertise is in computational materials science. In the past, he has used a series of specialized computational techniques (ab-initio, cluster expansion, kinetic Monte Carlo, rate theory and phase-field) ranging from atomistic to continuum scale to study the role of defects such as grain boundaries, dislocations, surfaces, interfaces and point defects on functional and structural properties of ceramics and alloys. Some of these researches were performed in collaboration with researchers from industries (like INTEL and Samsung), national labs in the US (ORNL, LANL, PNNL, ANL) and universities. Choudhury’s past research findings have been published in Nature, Nature Materials, PNAS, Nature Nanotechnology, Advanced Functional Materials, Scientific Reports and other high impact journals. His authored/coauthored articles have so far garnered more than 2400 citations; h-index 21 (source: Google Scholar).

Choudhury’s research interest is in computational design of advanced materials with a primary focus on materials for various energy applications ranging from structural materials for nuclear reactors to novel materials for battery electrodes. In particular, he is interested in developing atomistic-informed phase-field model in order to link microstructure and materials properties at continuum scale with minimal experimental inputs. His research interest can broadly classified in to following categories.

  • Outstanding Early Career Faculty, University of Idaho, College of Engineering, 2020
  • Outstanding Postdoctoral Poster Award, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2012
  • TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award (EMPMD Division), 2011
  • Authored article (Choudhury et al. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 2011) was listed among the TOP 25 most downloaded articles of the journal for two consecutive years (2011 and 2012)
  • Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship from Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2009
  • Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) from American Ceramic Society, 2007
  • Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Award, 2006
  • Annual Acta Materialia Graduate Student Paper Award (Choudhury et al. 2005), 2006
  • All India topper in Metallurgy in GATE exam (entrance test for masters in engineering program) with 99.79 percentile, 1998

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Buchanan Engineering Building Rm. 308

Mailing Address:

Chemical & Materials Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1021
Moscow, ID 83844-1021

Phone: 208-885-7572

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