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    Research Overview


    Research in Materials Science and Engineering is focused on materials processing, mechanical properties and alloy development. Experimental research studies benefit from very well equipped laboratories with some unique capabilities. Modeling and simulation of materials processing and alloy thermodynamics forms a second thrust of activities. Many of the research programs are sponsored by the Thermal Processing Technology Center, which undertakes research to support the needs of the materials processing and manufacturing industries. The center performs high quality basic and applied research in thermal processing technology of interest to the primary metals and manufacturing industry. Multi-disciplinary research teams are used to provide innovative, crosscutting technological solutions to industrial materials processing problems.




    Materials Science & Engineering Faculty




    Keith J. Bowman - Duchossois Leadership Professor of Materials Engineering; Department Chair

    Areas of Expertise

    • Texture and microstructure effects on properties and property anisotropy in structural and electronic ceramic materials
    • X-ray diffraction
    • Synchrotron X-ray diffraction
    • Mechanical properties of materials
    • Failure analysis of materials
    • Fracture of materials
    • Processing of materials
    • Patents on materials processing
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    Alan W. Cramb - Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Areas of Expertise

    • Initial solidification behavior of steels
    • Solidification behavior of liquid oxides
    • Effect of inclusion chemistry on solidification behavior
    • Clean steel production
    • Initial solidification phenomena in a continuous casting mold



    John S. Kallend - Professor of Materials Engineering

    Areas of Expertise

    • Materials Science



    Sheldon Mostovoy - Associate Professor of Materials Engineering

    Areas of Expertise

    • Metallurgy
    • Mechanical properties of materials
    • Fatigue and fracture



    Philip G. Nash - Professor of Materials Engineering; Director of Thermal Processing Technology Center

    Areas of Expertise

    • Physical metallurgy of Ni, Ti and Al-base alloys
    • Experimental determination and theoretical calculation of phase equilibria
    • Phase transformations
    • Powder materials technology
    • Metastable equilibria
    • Intermetallics
    • Materials processing
    • Additive manufacturing functional materials
    • Nanocrystalline materials
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    Aleksandar Ostrogorsky - Professor of Materials & Aerospace Engineering

    Areas of Expertise

    • Heat and mass transfer phenomena occurring in materials processing
    • Directional solidification/single crystal growth focusing on semiconductor alloys
    • Wide band gap materials for Gamma ray detectors (semiconductors and scintillators)
    • Diffusion
    • Growth of carbon nanotubes



    Leon L. Shaw - Professor of Materials Engineering;Rowe Family Endowed Chair Professor in Sustainable Energy; Director of Center of Energy Storage and Conversion

    Areas of Expertise

    • Advanced materials synthesis and processing
    • Solid freeform fabrication
    • Hydrogen storage materials
    • Electrochemical capacitors
    • Li- and Na-ion batteries
    • Redox flow batteries
    • Solid oxide fuel cells



    Sammy Tin - Associate Professor of Materials Engineering

    Areas of Expertise

    • Solidification
    • Thermo-mechanical processing
    • Mechanical behavior
    • Corrosion and microstructural characterization of Ni-base superalloys and other high performance structural materials systems
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