Faculty Directory

Laura Bartlett

Robert V. Wolf Associate Professor

Research Interests

The understanding of melt processing and solidification phenomena on structure-property relationships in ferrous and non-ferrous casting alloys, the thermodynamics and kinetics of high temperature reactions in the melt, solid state reactions during heat treatment, and physical and mechanical metallurgy of irons and steels.

Richard Brow

Curators' Distinguished Professor

Research Interests

Structure, properties and applications of glass, including sealing glasses, glasses for biomedical applications, glass surfaces and strength, glasses for waste encapsulation, optical glasses, and 3D processing of glass.

Mario Buchely

Roberta and G. Robert Couch Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Thermo-mechanical characterization of materials (compression, tension, creep, fatigue), Finite element method in structural mechanics, Manufacturing technologies (casting, welding, rolling, forging, machining, additive manufacture), Mechanical behavior of materials at high strain rates, Steelmaking process and technologies, and Welding metallurgy.

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Anthony Convertine

Roberta and G. Robert Couch Assistant Professor 

Research Interests

Development of versatile new drug delivery technologies with unprecedented therapeutic activity and specificity, developing new polymeric materials, theranostics, and regenerative medicine.

Fatih Dogan

Professor

Research Interests

Multifunctional Materials and Composites, Nanoscale Science and Engineering of Ceramics, Solidification and Crystal Growth; Energy Materials: High Energy Density Capacitors, Nanostructured Dielectrics, High Temperature Superconductors, Fuel Cells and Biomaterials.

Arezoo Emdadi

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Computational mechanics and material science, applied mathematics, phase-field modeling (crack propagation, solidification, oxidation), phase-field crystal modeling, finite element method, and fracture mechanics.

William Fahrenholtz

Curators' Distinguished Professor

Research Interests

Ultra-high temperature ceramics, traditional ceramic processing, solution and colloidal sol-gel processing of bulk and thin-film ceramics, reactive processing, ceramic-metal composites by reactive metal penetration and reactive hot pressing, reactions at ceramic-metal interfaces, wetting of ceramics, low p(oxygen) atmospheres, thermodynamics.

Yijia Gu

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Additive manufacturing; computational materials science, including CALPHAD, phase-field and first-principles calculations; microstructure evolution for alloys and ferroelectrics; alloy design and process optimization.

Taihao Han

Assistant Research Professor

Jackson Hawkins

Glass Shop Coordinator

Gregory Hilmas

Curators' Distinguished Professor

Research Interests

Processing-microstructure-mechanical property relationships in ultra-high temperature ceramics, in particular transition metal carbides, nitrides and diborides, novel processing techniques for the fabrication of fibrous monolithic ceramics, multilayered ceramics, hierarchically structured ceramics, and ceramic composites.

Aditya Kumar

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Composition-structure-property relationships in silicate materials; experimental characterization and numerical simulation of reaction processes (thermodynamics and kinetics) and evolution of microstructure; development of sustainable binders for construction infrastructure; simulation of fluid/ion transport in porous media.

David Lipke

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Materials compatibility in extreme environments (e.g., high temperatures and reactive atmospheres), microstructure development via high temperature gas-solid and liquid-solid interactions, and applications of reaction processing for composite materials synthesis.

Charmayne Lonergan

Assistant Professor

Jason Lonergan

Assistant Research Professor

Michael Moats

Professor and Chair

Research Interests

Aqueous process and electrochemistry of metals especially hydro- and electrometallurgy for the primary production of non-ferrous metals.  Specific areas include crushed ore agglomeration for heap leaching, non-cyanide leaching of gold, solvent extraction, electrowinning and/or refining of base and precious metals and coated titanium anodes.

Ronald O'Malley

F. Kenneth Iverson Chair Professor

Research Interests

Steelmaking, continuous casting, solidification & heat transfer. High-temperature physical chemistry, thermodynamics & kinetics. Interfacial phenomena, gas-liquid & gas-solid reactions. Thin slab & strip casting, mold fluxes & slags. Steel manufacture, quality defects & causes.

Jeffrey Smith

Professor

Research Interests

Thermochemistry and high temperature phase equilibria of condensed and non-condensed ceramic systems; chemical, mineralogical and microstructural analysis of refractory materials, in particular magnesia-graphite, alumina-silicon carbide-graphite, cordierite and mullite.

Sharon Uwanyuze

Assistant Teaching Professor

Research Interests

Investment casting of non-ferrous alloys. Additional interest in metallurgy education and outreach.

Jeremy Watts

Associate Research Professor

Research Interests

Ultra-high temperature ceramics, microstructure-property relationships in ultra-high temperature and structural ceramics, manipulation of microstructures and properties through novel processing techniques, ceramic matrix composites, reactive processing.

Haiming Wen

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Development and fabrication of advanced materials such as bulk nanostructured alloys, high entropy alloys and bulk metallic glasses; Microstructure characterization of materials using transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography; Mechanical behavior and deformation mechanisms of materials; Nuclear fuels and structural materials designed for current and next generation nuclear reactors.

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Kelley Wilkerson

Assistant Teaching Professor

Research Interests

Refractory and high temperature research with additional interest in ceramic education and outreach.