Since April 2019, the Bowman Lab has been housed in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Irvine.


Our research uses advanced transmission electron microscopy to study electroceramics for energy conversion and storage applications. We aim to understand and design nanoscale structural and chemical phenomena vital to the electrical and catalytic properties of these materials.

We work at the nexus of fundamental and applied ceramic science, and advanced transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to produce knowledge about the atomic-scale interplay between electrical and chemical properties. Central to our work is developing correlated multiscale TEM methods and employing them in concert with macroscale electrochemical testing to improve material design and performance. Our interests include:

  • materials for energy conversion and storage
  • advanced transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy
  • electrochemical properties and defect chemistry of ceramics
  • interfaces, grain boundaries and surfaces
  • ceramic processing and thin-film growth




Latest news

Komal’s paper has been accepted for publication in Materialia! The title is “Correlations of Grain Boundary Segregation to Sintering Techniques in a Three-phase Ceramic”



The UC Irvine MRSEC – Materials Discovery Through Atomic Level Structural Design and Charge Control – has been funded by the National Science Foundation! The Bowman Lab will participate in this multi-lab, multi-university Materials Research Science and Engineering Center lead by Prof. Xiaoqing Pan of UCI over the next 6 years.


UCI MSE created the Anti-Racism Working Group.


Komal and Hasti were invited panelists on a panel about the life, success and challenges of graduate students organized by the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). More information about Outreach. See news tab for more news.

We’re on YouTube

Bowman Lab at UCI YouTube channel hosts research talks and other stuff.



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