Cristian Botez, Ph.D.
Professor and Assistant Vice President for Research
Office: 2.130K GSR
Phone: (210) 458-8227
Areas of Specialization
- Materials Physics
- X-ray and Neutron Scattering
Ph.D. in Physics; University of Missouri–Columbia
M.S. in Physics; University of Missouri–Columbia
B.S. in Engineering Physics; University of Bucharest
Dr. Botez is a materials physicist interested in establishing connections between crystal structures and chemical compositions of functional materials and their macroscopic properties. His experimental research mainly lies in the field of novel materials for clean energy, and currently centers on understanding the microscopic structures and proton conduction mechanisms that enable certain compounds to function as fuel-cell electrolytes at intermediate temperatures. In addition, he has carried out several experiments in nano-magnetism investigating the possibility of tuning the superspin relaxation dynamics in ensembles of magnetic nanoparticles with the goal of enhancing their heat dissipation rates to values suitable for magnetic hyperthermia cancer therapy.