Dr. Rick Ubic is an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and
Engineering. Prior to coming to Boise State, he served as a senior lecturer (associate
professor) at Queen Mary, University of London. In 2007, Dr. Ubic moved to Boise to help
lead teaching and research involving the newly acquired JEOL JEM-2100 HR Transmission
Electron Microscope (TEM). Dr. Ubic has received several awards, including the American
Ceramic Society's (ACerS) 2004 Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars for his
"contributions relating crystallography to the behavior of dielectric properties in
complex compounds," and the 2006 Edgar Andrews Best Journal Article Prize for his
work on the structure of a perovskite superlattice. Dr. Ubic's research interests
are in structure-property relationships in mirowave dielectric materials, ceramic ionic
conductors for fuel cells, and nano-technology as it relates to solar energy generation.
Dr. Ubic has been awarded research funding from the National Academy of Sciences, Batelle
Energy Alliance, and the Department of Energy. As a result of his work, Dr. Ubic has been
invited to present various aspects of his research at international forums in six
countries on three continents. 

Articles and Conference Proceedings

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Lattice-Constant Prediction and Effect of Vacancies in Aliovalently Doped Perovskites (with K. Tolman, K. Talley, B. Joshi, J. Schmidt, E. Faulkner, J. Owens, M. Papac, A. Garland, C. Rumrill, K. Chan, and N. Lundy), Journal of Alloys and Compounds (2015)

Processing–structure relationships are at the heart of materials science, and predictive tools are essential for...

 

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Neutron Irradiation Induced Microstructural Changes in NBG-18 and IG-110 Nuclear Graphites (with Chinnathambi Karthik, Joshua Kane, Darryl Butt, and William E. Windes), Carbon (2015)

This paper reports the neutron-irradiation-induced effects on the microstructure of NBG-18 and IG-110 nuclear graphites....

 

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Structural Effect of Aliovalent Doping in Lead Perovskites (with Kevin R. Tolman, Meagan Papac, Kevin C. Seymour, Scott J. McCormack, Waltraud M. Kriven, and Hans Kungl), Journal of Solid State Chemistry (2015)

Composition-structure relationships are needed for various applications, including lattice-matching for heteroepitaxy; however, a general model...

 

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Structural Stability and Microwave Dielectric Properties of (1-x)Ba(Mg1/2W1/2)O3−xBa(RE2/3W1/3)O3 (RE = Sm, Dy, Y, Yb) Solid Solutions (with Jianjiang Bian, Jiayin Wu, C. Karthik, and Y. Wu), Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2015)

The structural stability and microstructure of (1−x)Ba(Mg1/2W1/2)O3−xBa(RE2/3W1/3)O3 (RE = Sm, Dy, Y, Yb) ceramics have...

 

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Elastic Softening Near the Phase Transitions in (1 − x)Bi1/2Na1/2TiO3-xBaTiO3 Solid Solutions (with Sarir Uddin, Guang-Ping Zheng, Yaseen Iqbal, Ngai Yui Chan, and Helen Lai Wa Chan), Materials Research Express (2014)

Phase transitions in sol–gel-derived (1 − x)(Bi1/2Na1/2TiO3)-xBaTiO3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.06) solid solutions were...

 

Contributions to Books

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The Effect of A-Site Vacancies on Cell Volume and Tolerance Factor of Perovskites (with Kevin Tolman, Kokfoong Chan, Nicole Lundy, Steve Letourneau, and Waltraud Kriven), Processing and Properties of Advanced Ceramics and Composites V: Ceramic Transactions (2013)

Point defects like vacancies can have a profound effect on the structure of perovskite ceramics,...

 

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New Perovskite Oxides of the Type (M1/4ln3/4)(MG 1/4Ti3/4)O3 (M = Na, Li; Ln = La, Nd, Sm): Crystal Structure and Microwave Dielectric Properties (with J. J. Bian and L. L. Yuan), Advances in Multifunctional Materials and Systems: Ceramic Transactions (2010)