- Materials Science and Engineering
Materials in extreme environments, crystallography, thermodynamics, material synthesis
McCormack is interested in the crystallography and thermodynamics of complex oxides, carbides and nitrides in extreme environments. The McCormack group focuses on understanding how material symmetry and atomic structure affects the materials thermochemical and thermophysical properties when pushed to high temperatures and high pressures. These efforts aim to lead to the discovery and understanding of properties (stability, melting point, thermal expansion, bulk modulus, stiffness, etc.) of new material systems that can be utilized for humankind's next grand frontier: space exploration.