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Center Overview

The Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures (HVT) evaluates, designs, models, and develops novel high-voltage and high-temperature materials and structures for energy transfer, aerospace, automotive, nuclear, deep sea, and other extreme applications. HVT provides support to electric utility, military, environmental, health, and other industries interested in the application of novel HVT materials in their design practices.

HVT’s mission is to design, create, and study new advanced materials and evaluate existing materials and structures for a range of engineering applications. HVT uses state-of-the-art experimental and computational tools to conduct the multiscale characterization and modeling of such materials to obtain reliable predictive models.

HVT is studying various novel high-voltage and high-temperature materials and structures for high-energy transmission and other related applications with superior resistance to in-service conditions, with the ultimate goal of providing outstanding research service to industries using novel materials and structures subjected to extreme HVT loading conditions.


  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Denver
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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Center Personnel

Maciej Kumosa
John Evans Professor and Center Director

Monika Bleszynski
Research Scientist and Program Manager

Yang Cao
(860) 486-0915

Joe Hoffman
Research Assistant Professor

Martin Ostoja-Starzewski

Iwona Jasiuk
(217) 333-9259

Greg Odegard

Research Focus

HVT focuses on developing innovative materials and structures engineered for applications where they are subject to extreme conditions such as high voltage and/or high temperature, high stress and/or high strain, or high pressure and/or high compaction.