The focus of Prof. Allain’s research is to unify concepts from nanotechnology, nuclear engineering and materials science. In particular, the interaction of radiation and plasma with surfaces and interfaces from the nanoscale to the mesoscale. Prof. Allain’s work focuses on intelligent design of dissipative spatio-temporal structures synthesized via irradiation synthesis yielding high-fidelity control of material properties in areas that span nuclear materials, biomaterials and nano to mesoscale materials. Prof. Allain has guided his work to focus on the unconventional. Many of the projects he leads focus on directing the frontiers of research in fusion plasma and particle-surface interactions to newly defined boundaries.
Prof. Allain’s work embodies the desire of using irradiation synthesis to engender new and innovative approaches at intelligent materials design with tailored properties impossible to attain any other way. In the past five years Prof. Allain’s group has forged new fundamental and applied research directions in emergent areas of material surfaces and interfaces exposed to extreme environments. These new research areas are organized around three major research themes: 1) advanced adaptive fusion interfaces, 2) functional nano and mesoscale materials and 3) multi-functional biomaterials