Our research search efforts focus on designing new inorganic solid state functional materials for emerging applications in electronics, solid-state energy conversion and other areas. In this quest, we rely on rational design of solids through fundamental understanding of crystal structure/property relationships as well as empirical and theoretical models. We are particularly inspired by the challenges involved in developing design concepts for functional materials with conflicting or contradicting property requirements as seen in thermoelectrics, multiferroics, temperature independent high K dielectrics and materials exhibiting negative thermal expansion.