Padture’s research interests are in the broad areas of synthesis/processing, characterization, and properties/performance of advanced ceramics and nanomaterials used in applications ranging from jet engines to solar cells to nanodevices. Specifically, he has active research in:
- Tailoring of advanced structural ceramics, composites, and coatings: - Thermal barrier coatings and environmental barrier coatings - Nanocomposites of ceramics and carbon nanotubes or graphene - Ultra-high temperature ceramic composites
- Synthesis, characterization, device fabrication, and properties of functional nanomaterials, including graphene and perovskites: - Novel solid-state solar cells - Graphene-based devices
Currently funded research projects in the Padture's laboratory includes:
- N.P. Padture (PI), X.C. Zeng (co-PI), and five other faculty participants; "Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Solar Cells for the Coming Clean Energy Revolution;" NSF; $4,000,000; 48 months.
- N.P. Padture (PI), Y. Zhou (co-PI); “Grain-Boundary Engineering in Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites;" ONR; $450,000; 36 months.
- N.P. Padture (PI); “Ceramics Science of Novel Solid-State Solar Cells;" NSF; $550,000; 48 months.
- N.P. Padture (PI); “Studies of Hostile-Environment Degradation and its Mitigation in Ceramic Coatings for Gas-Turbine Engines;" ONR; $300,000; 36 months.
- N.P. Padture (PI); “Research and Education in Ceramic Nanocomposites;" II-VI Foundation; $380,000; 48 months.
- N.P. Padture (PI); "Durable, Multifunctional, Thermal Barrier Coatings for Marine Gas Turbines;" ONR-STTR (subcontract from ReliaCoat LLC); $350,000; 36 months.
- B.W. Sheldon (PI) and N.P. Padture (co-PI); “Understanding and Controlling Toughening in Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Ceramics;" DoE-BES; $615,000; 48 months.