The NSF established the CAREER program to support junior faculty within the context of their overall career development, combining in a single program the support of research and education of the highest quality in the broadest sense. Through the program, the NSF emphasizes the importance of the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning.
Radovic received his CAREER award for his project "Effects of Anelastic Relaxation of Defect Complexes on the Mechanical Behavior of Oxide Ceramics."
His project focuses on oxide ceramics with high ionic or mixed ionic-electronic conductivity that are currently essential materials for highly-efficient and environmentally-friendly energy technologies, including solid oxide fuel cells and batteries. It addresses, on a fundamental level, the relationship between atomic defects in oxide ceramics and their mechanical behavior under the combined effects of elevated temperatures and mechanical stresses.
Radovic received his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from University of Belgrade in Belgrade, Serbia and his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
He joined the faculty at A&M in 2006 and is the author or co-author of more than 40 peer reviewed journal publications. His research interests include: materials for energy and high temperature applications; processing of advanced ceramics and ceramic composites; mechanical behavior of ceramic materials in harsh conditions; reliability and durability of ceramic materials and components; and resonant ultrasound spectroscopy.