Materials Science and Engineering
Microstructure evolution, grain boundary properties, statistical thermodynamics, computational materials science
Mason's research uses theoretical and computational techniques to study the evolution of materials. He and his research group investigate phenomena as diverse as the solidification nuclei in a liquid, the appearance of low-energy dislocation structures during the deformation of metals and grain boundary motion during annealing and recrystallization. Approaching these topics often requires the group to develop either new simulation methods to improve accuracy or reduce runtime or new mathematical models to develop and analyze simulation results and make rigorous comparison with experiments. His research will help develop both a theoretical and a computational side of rational materials design at the microstructural level.