Michael Koehler earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His dissertation work investigated the magnetostrictive Tb6Fe1-xCoxBi2 using resonant ultrasound spectroscopy, capacitance dilatometry, heat capacity, vibrating sample magnetometry, and X-ray and neutron diffraction. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 2012, Michael then became a post-doc in Dr. Veerle Keppens’ and Dr. David Mandrus’ labs. In 2016, he became a research associate.
Michael’s current research focuses on the single-crystal growth of transition metal dichalcogenides, which are comprised of two-dimensional layers weakly held together by van der Walls bonding. Synthesis methods include chemical vapor transport and flux growth. He has also begun investigating the elastic properties of organic-inorganic perovskite crystals, which have potential applications in solar cell technology.