Dr. Maja Krcmar
Professor of Physics
253 Padnos Hall of Science
Department of Physics
- Ph.D. in Physics (Condensed Matter Theory), Texas A & M University (2001)
- M.S. in Physics, Texas A&M University (1998)
- B.S. in Theoretical and Experimental Physics, University of Belgrade (1995)
- Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2017- Present.
- Associate Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2010- 2017.
- Assistant Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2006-2010.
- Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2004-May 2006.
- Adjunct Faculty, Grand Valley State University, Jan. 2004-May 2004.
- Post-doctoral Research Associate, Oak Ridge National Lab, Mar. 2002-Dec. 2003.
- Teaching and Research assistant, Texas A&M University, Sept. 1996 - Dec. 2001.
- Teaching Assistant, University of Belgrade, May 1995-May 1996.
- Mechanical and thermal world, PHY 201 ( introductory level; general education education course; guided inquiry format).
- Electricity, Magnetism and Optics, PHY 204 (introductory level; general education education course; guided inquiry format).
- Mathematical Topics in Physics I, PHY210 (introductory level; calculus-based course; lectures and discussions format).
- Mathematical Topics in Physics II, PHY211 (introductory level; calculus-based course; lectures and discussions format).
- General Physics I, PHY 220 (introductory level; algebra-based course; lectures, discussions, and laboratories).
- Principles of Physics I, PHY 230 (introductory level; calculus-based course; lectures, discussions, and laboratories).
- Principles of Physics II, PHY 231 (introductory level; calculus-based course; lectures, discussions, and laboratories).
- Intermediate Mechanics, PHY 330 (intermediate level; lectures, discussions, and inquiry).
- Electromagnetic Fields, PHY 340 (intermediate level; lectures, discussions, and inquiry).
- Advanced Mechanics, PHY 430 (advanced level; lectures, discussions, and inquiry).
Application of first-principles calculations to study structural and electronic properties of diverse physical systems (from ferroelectric insulators to metals and alloys) in solid state. Topics studied:
- Prediction of superhardness in transition metal diboride alloys.
- Formation and stability, growth, and termination of growth of Ti-O-Y-based nanoclusters in Fe-based alloys.
- Possible structural transformation pathways in shape-memory NiTi and ZrCo alloys.
- Correlation between brittleness/ductility and relative phase stability in B2 intermetallics.
- Absorption of H2 molecules in graphite.
- Stress-induced phase transformations and brittleness in B2 intermetallics.
- Magnetism-driven phase transformations in Fe-Co systems.
- Diffusion of solutes in metallic matrices.
- Defect structures, competition of phases and ordering in intermetallics.
- Ferroelectricity in perovskite transition metal oxides and phase stability of small ferroelectrics.
Research with Undergraduates
Supervised senior projects:
- “Dynamics of many-body interacting systems” (Fall 2008/Winter 2009).
- “Vibration and normal modes of three-atomic molecules” (Fall 2006/Winter 2007).
- M. Krcmar and Wayne M. Saslow, Characteristic lengths for three-carrier transport with spin-flip and electron-hole recombination, Physical Review B 93, 195401 (2016).
- M. Krcmar and J. R. Morris, "A comparative first-principles study of martensitic phase transformations in TiPd2 and TiPd intermetallics," J. Phys.: Condens. Matter, 26, 135401, 2014.
- M. Krcmar and C. L. Fu, "Effect of lattice anharmonicity in the structural phase transformation of Laves phase HfV2 alloy: A first-principles investigation," Acta Materialia, 61, Issue 19, November 2013, Pages 7473-7480.
- H. Zhao, C. L. Fu, M. Krcmar, and M. K. Miller, " Effect of strain on the stabilization of oxygen-enriched nanoclusters in Fe-based alloys," Physical Review B 84, 144115 (2011).
- Xing-Qiu Chen, C. L. Flu, M. Krcmar, and G. S. Painter, "Electronic and Structural Origin of ultra incompressibility of 5d Transition-Metal Diborides MB[sub 2] (M = W, Re, Os)," , Phys. Rev. Lett., Vol 10, 196403, 16 May 2008.
- C.L. Fu, M. Krcmar, G.S. Painter, and Xing-Qiu Chen, "Vacancy mechanism of high oxygen solubility and nucleation of stable oxygen-enriched clusters in iron" , Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 225502 (2007).
- R.S. Aga, C.L. Fu, M. Krcmar, J.R. Morris, "Theoretical investigations of the effect of graphite layer spacing on the hydrogen adsorption", Phys. Rev. B 76, 165404 (2007).
- C.T. Liu, C.L. Fu, M.F. Chrishlom, J.R. Thompson, M. Krcmar and X.-L. Wang,"Magnetism and solid solution effect in NiAl (40% Al) alloys", Progress in Materials Science, Volume 52, Issues 2-3, 352 (2007).
- M. Krcmar and C.L. Fu, "Comparative study of point defect structures of YAl2 and ZrCo2 Laves phase compounds by first-principles calculations", Intermetallics Journal 15, 20 (2007).
- M. Krcmar, C.L. Fu and J.R. Morris, "Structural transformations and improved ductility in ordered FeCo and ZrCo intermetallics", Advanced Intermetallics-based Alloys, Materials Research Society (MRS) Symposium Proceedings, Volume 980, 89 (2007).
- J. R. Morris, Y.Y. Ye, M. Krcmar and C.L. Fu, "The role of phase stability in ductile, ordered B2 intermetallics", Advanced Intermetallics-based Alloys, Materials Research Society (MRS) Symposium Proceedings, Volume 980, 113 (2007).
- C.L. Fu and M. Krcmar, "Effects of magnetism, point-defect structure and ordering on structural stability of B2 FeCo intermetallics", Phys. Rev. B, Vol. 74, 174108 (2006).
- M. Krcmar, C.L. Fu, A. Janotti et al., "Diffusion rates of 3d TM solutes in nickel by First-principles calculations", Acta Materialia, Vol. 53, 2369 (2005).
- A. Janotti, M. Krcmar, C.L. Fu et al., "Solute diffusion in metals: larger atoms can move faster", Phys. Rev. Lett. Vol. 92, 085901 (2003).
- G.A. Farnan, C.L. Fu, Z. Gai, M. Krcmar et al., "Electronic stability of Fe/Co superlattices with monoatomic layer alternations", Phys. Rev. Lett. Vol. 91, 226106 (2003).
- Referee for Intermetallics Journal and Material Research Society Symposium on Intermetallics.
- Professional Affiliations: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, APS.