Welcome to the homepage of Advanced Functional Materials Laboratory (AFML) at the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University!

Our lab specializes in the synthesis and characterization of advanced materials for engineering applications.

Recent News

June 27, 2020: Our lab has now a Twitter account! Follow us @afmlatvcu to learn about our recent discoveries.

June 21, 2019: Our lab, in collaboration with VSU as PI, received an equipment grant from the Department of Defense-Army for purchasing an X-ray CT machine.

November 8, 2018: Our lab received the Virginia Microelectronics Consortium (VMEC) grant.

June 14, 2018: Our lab received the VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund (PERQ).

May 11, 2018: Mehran, the first Ph.D. student in our lab, received his degree and graduated. Congratulations, Mehran!

June 13, 2017: Mehran received the VCU Faculty of Graduate Studies Dissertation Scholarship! Congratulations!

November 14, 2016: We got the cover of today’s Applied Physics Letters issue:



June 15, 2016: Our lab’s YouTube channel is now set up:

Group Photos


AFML Members – 2014


AFML Members – 2015

AFML Members – 2016

AFML Members – 2017

AFML Members – 2018

AFML Members – 2019