Our group works on a variety of research projects addressing the processing, structure and properties of nanostructured metals and alloys. Current focus areas include:

  • structure, deformation mechanisms and mechanical behavior of nanoporous noble metals
  • in situ transmission electron microscopy
  • thin film plasticity
  • anelasticity in nanocrystalline metals
  • noble metal coatings for dispenser cathodes
  • integrating iron and steel metallurgy into MSE curriculum at UK


Currently Funded Projects

  • Developing Process-Microstructure-Property Correlation of Radiation-Tolerant Nanoporous and Nanostructured Materials for High Irradiation Environments (DoE LDRD)
  • Escaping the Refractory Limit: Enabling New VED Operational Paradigms Through Mechanism-Based Re-Engineering of Thermionic Cathode Emitting Materials (DARPA)
  • Reliable Manufacturing of Scandia-Doped Tungsten Powders for Thermionic Cathodes (Navy STTR)
  • NSF EPSCoR RII Track 1: Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future
  • NSF Multiscale Manufacturing and Nano Integration Node (MMNIN)

Funding Sources

  • DoE Lab Directed Research and Development (LDRD)
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Navy Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)