Taylor D. Sparks
Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering
Director, Materials Characterization Laboratory
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
office: CME 314
phone: 801.581.8632
email: sparks@eng.utah.edu

Our research group focuses primarily on the discovery, synthesis, and characterization of new materials for energy applications such as batteries, thermoelectrics, thermal barrier coatings, thermal management systems and others. We rely on big data and materials informatics as we explore new synthetic techniques, structure-property relationships, and sustainable materials that balance performance with economic factors such as cost, abundance, and availability.

I received my PhD in Applied Physics under Dr. David Clarke at Harvard University and worked as a postdoc in Dr. Ram Seshadri's group at UCSB in the Materials Research Laboratory.


MSE 2010 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering: Fall 2013-present
MSE 2160/2170 Elements of Materials Science and Engineering: Fall 2014-present
MSE 3310 Introduction to Ceramic Engineering: Spring 2014-2017
MSE 6001 Engineering Materials: Spring 2015
MSE 6011 Advanced Materials Techniques: Experiment, Theory & Characterization: Spring 2015 - 2017
MSE 5050 Materials Innovation: Fall 2015, Spring 2017
MSE 5800/5801 MSE Internship: Spring 2018

Check out our YouTube channel with playlists for Introduction to Materials Science or worked MSE example problems.