Our group uses experiments, analytical theory, and computer simulations to explore the processing-structure-property relationships in structural metals and materials, with particular emphasis on the role of structural disorder and its effect on mechanical properties. Our research covers many length scales, from long-range disorder in grain boundary networks, to the nanoscale disorder in amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys.

 

August 5, 2022

Upcoming talk at MSE Congress 2022 – Atomistic Assessment of the Solute-Solute Interaction Spectrum in a Polycrystal

Come see PhD candidate Thomas Matson present his talk, “Atomistic Assessment of the Solute-Solute Interaction Spectrum in a Polycrystal,” at MSE Congress 2022 in Darmstadt, Germany – September 27-29, 2022.
July 1, 2022

Upcoming talk at GSCCM 2022 – In-Situ Analysis and Modeling of High Velocity Microparticle Impacts On Tin

Come see PhD Candidate Tyler Lucas present his talk, “In-Situ Analysis and Modeling of High Velocity Microparticle Impacts On Tin,” at GSCCM (Group for Shock Compression of Condensed Matter) in Anaheim, California – July 10-15, 2022.

June 30, 2022 / Nanocrystalline Alloys and Grain Boundary Engineering

Learning Grain-Boundary Segregation: From First Principles to Polycrystals

Our new publication on shows how to overcome the limited availability of interatomic potentials by combining machine learning with first-principles calculations to study grain boundary solute segregation.

Read more on Physical Review Letter here!

May 20, 2022

Researchers unveil a secret of stronger metals

Study shows what happens when crystalline grains in metals reform at nanometer scales, improving metal properties. Read the full article by David L. Chandler here.

April 22, 2022

Congratulations, Dr. Christian Oliver

Congratulations to Dr. Christian Oliver for a successful defense of his thesis, “Understanding and Optimizing Nanophase Separation Sintering,” and for his upcoming position at Foundation Alloy.

April 7, 2022

Congratulations, Dr. Jasper Lienhard

Congratulations to Dr. Jasper Lienhard for a successful defense of his thesis, “High-velocity impact of metal microparticles,” and for his upcoming position at Foundation Alloy.

February 25, 2022 / Microparticle Impact

New publication on tin and zinc microparticle impacts above the critical adhesion velocity

Above the velocity that particles adhere, interesting phenomena can arise, including jetting, melting, fragmentation, and hydrodynamic penetration.

Check out our new paper on tin and zinc microparticle impacts above the critical adhesion velocity on Surface and Coating Technology!

February 2, 2022 / Microparticle Impact

Oxide delamination during high-velocity microparticle impacts

Understanding how oxide layers form and delaminate upon microparticle impacts is important for optimizing cold spray processes. Check out our new publication on oxide layer delamination on Applied Surface Science!