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New Mexico State University
Department of Physics
Faculty & Staff

Dr. Boris Kiefer, Professor

Ph.D., University of Michigan (2002)

Department of Physics

Office: Gardiner Hall 354

New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM

Phone: 575-646-1932

FAX: 575-646-1934

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Boris Kiefer
Office Hours Spring 2011

By appointment Only


Dr. Kiefer's research specializes in computational material science. His research uses state-of-the-art simulation techniques to explore and predict material properties under a wide range of thermodynamic conditions. Currently I follow two major research thrusts:

1) development and optimization of energy conversion technologies. This research is motivated by the question: "What are the fuels and energy technologies of the future?" A reliable answer to this question is most likely impossible yet current challenges such as global warming, reduction of carbon emsissions, energy security, and resource avaialability require at least a partial answer. My contributions are in the development of computational models for the understanding, exploration, and formulation of catalytic materials with application in steam reforming for fuel generation and the conversion of chemical energy into electrical energy in fuel cells, including non-Pt catalysts, conducting oxides, bimetallics, and carbon supports.

2) Earth and Planetary materials. Remote sensing is an integral part of geophysics and planetary science. However, these observations can be explained by very different earth models due to the trade-offs in geophysically relevant parameters such as composition, phase, pressure, and temperature. I explore some of these trade-offs for the inner core, the most remote part of our planet, using first-principle simulations. The materials of interest are iron rich alloys with the addition of one or more light elements.