Catherine Joy M. Dela Cruz

Catherine Joy M. Dela Cruz has received her Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Physics in 2015 and 2012, from the National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines Diliman.  She is currently finishing her PhD dissertation on Energy Engineering from the same university. Her research interests include high vacuum plasmas, synthesis of metal nitrides, and computational materials science, specifically, molecular dynamics. She is currently a full-time faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila University Physics Department.

Main research topic

She is currently working on simulations and experiments on the synthesis of titanium nitride as a supercapacitor electrode. She uses DC magnetron sputtering with titanium target and argon/nitrogen gas plasma to synthesize high quality titanium nitride films. Along with the experiments, she simulates the deposition and mechanical properties of titanium nitride using molecular dynamics. She uses LAMMPS and OVITO to simulate 3d models of deposition. In this way, the number of experiments can be minimized, and more parameters can be analyzed.