Alexandra Zevalkink

Alexandra Zevalkink

Alexandra Zevalkink

Assistant Professor

Biography

Alexandra Zevalkink joined the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University as in 2016.   She received her B.S. from Michigan Technological University in 2008 and her Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology in 2014.  After completing her Ph.D., she pursued postdoctoral research at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany.

Her research focus is on the relationship between the atomic structure and bonding in inorganic materials and the resulting elastic, thermal and electronic properties.  Her group employs a diverse set of tools including in-situ elasticity measurements, high-pressure and high-temperature X-ray diffraction, and a suite of single crystal growth and powder metallurgy techniques.

Education
Ph.D. Materials Science, California Institute of Technology, 2013
B.S. Materials Science, Michigan Technological University, 2008
Publications
D. M. Smiadak, R. Claes, N. Perez, M. Marshall, W. Peng, W. Chen, G. Hautier, G. Schierning, A. Zevalkink, Quasi-1D electronic transport and isotropic phonon transport in the Zintl Ca5In2Sb6, Materials Today Physics, 100597 (2022)
M. Calderon-Cueva, W. Peng, S. M. Clarke, J. Ding, B. Brugman, G. Levental, A. Balodhi, M. Rylko, O. Delaire, J. P. S. Walsh, S. M. Dorfman, and A. Zevalkink, Anisotropic structural collapse of Mg3Sb2 and Mg3Bi2 at high pressure, Chem. Mater. 33 (2021) 567–573.
J. Ding, T. Lanigan-Atkins, M. Cueva, A. Banerjee, A. Zevalkink, O. Delaire, Origin of low Origin of unexpectedly low thermal conductivity in AMg2X2 (A = Mg, Ca, Yb, X = Sb, Bi ), Science Advances, 7 (2021), eabg1449.
W Peng, G Petretto, GM Riganese, G Hautier, A. Zevalkink, An unlikely route to low lattice thermal conductivity: small atoms in a simple layered structure, Joule, 2 (2018) 021303.