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keppens-thumbDr. Veerle M. Keppens
Department Head / Professor
Director-Joint Institute for Advanced Materials
Ph.D., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium): Elastic Constants of Novel MaterialsLattice Dynamics, Tunneling States in Amorphous Materials

Joint Institute For Advanced Materials

roberto_bensonDr. Roberto S. Benson
Associate Department Head Professor

Ph.D., Florida State: Biopolymers, Polymer Degradation, Composites



Dr. Philip D. Rack
Associate Department Head
Professor / Leonard G. Penland Chair
Ph.D., Florida: Electronic and Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, Thin Film Processing and Characterization

ORNL Center for Nanophase Materials Science

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

choo-newDr. Hahn Choo
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology: Physical/Mechanical Behavior of Structural Materials, Neutron Scattering

ORNL Materials Science & Technology Division

duscher-thumbDr. Gerd Duscher
Ph.D., Max-Planck Institute: : Acrylic and Carbon Fibers, Recycled Plastics, Nonwoven materials

egami_medDr. Takeshi Egami
Professor, UT/ORNL Distinguished Scientist Ph.D., Pennsylvania: Materials Physics, Neutron and X-Ray Diffraction, Electronic Ceramics
ORNL Materials Science & Technology Division

gao-thumbDr. Yanfei Gao
Ph.D., Princeton University: Small Scale Mechanical Behavior, Defects and Friction, Nanoscale Thin Film Heterostructures, Computational Materials Science

ORNL Materials Science & Technology Division

hu-newDr. Bin Hu
Ph.D., Chinese Academy of Sciences: Electronic and Optical Polymeric Materials and Devices

kalyanaraman-thumbDr. Ramki Kalyanaraman
Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Raleigh: Advanced materials for energy, thin films, nanomaterials, nanomanufacturing, sensing and electronics, self-organization, etc.

keffer-thumbDr. David J. Keffer
Ph.D., University of Minnesota: Multiscale materials modeling with applications in fuel cells, nanoporous materials, polymers, explosive sensors, etc.

kit-newDr. Kevin M. Kit
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Delaware: Polymer Blends, Agricultural Materials


liaw-thumbDr. Peter K. Liaw
Professor / Racheff Chair of Excellence
Ph.D., Northwestern: Mechanical Behavior, Composite Materials, Life Prediction and Extension

Advanced Neutron Scattering Network For Education & Research

lundin-thumbDr. Carl D. Lundin
Ph.D., Rensselaer: Welding, Joining, Non-Equilibrium Metallurgy



Dr. David Mandrus

Professor & Jerry and Kay Henry Endowed Professor
Ph.D., Stony Brook University: Growth, discovery, and materials physics of new electronic and magnetic materials. Oxide electronics.

ORNL Materials Science & Technology Division


nieh_thumbDr. T. G. Nieh
Ph.D., Stanford: Superplasticity, Intermetallic Compounds, Bulk Metallic Glasses


claudia_rawn_medDr. Claudia J. Rawn
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Arizona: Ceramic Processing, X-Ray Diffraction, Neutron Scattering


sickafus_thumbDr. Kurt E. Sickafus
Alvin and Sally Beaman Professor
Ph.D., Cornell University: Grain Boundary Structural Transformations Induced by Solute Segregation



Dr. Shanfeng Wang, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Akron: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Polymer Chemistry, Physics, and Rheology



Dr. William Weber
Governor’s Chair Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin: Radiation Effects, Ion-Beam Modification of Materials, Nuclear Materials, Defects Properties in Ceramics

ORNL Materials Science & Technology Division

haixuan-xu-thumbDr. Haixuan Xu 
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Florida: From Electronic Structure of Point Defects to Physical Properties of Complex Materials using Atomic-Level Simulations


zhuravleva-thumbDr. Mariya Zhuravleva
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Tohoku University, Japan: BulkCrystal Growth From the Melt, Inorganic Scintillation Materials


Lecturer Faculty

meek-thumbDr. Thomas T. Meek
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., The Ohio State University: Structure Determination of Vitreous Silica Using Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis

ChrisChris Wetteland
University of Wisconsin: Materials Science & Engineering


Emeritus Faculty

wads4Dr. Larry C. Wadsworth
Professor Emeritus Ph.D., North Carolina State: Nonwoven Materials, Process-Structure-Property Studies in Melt Blowing and Spunbonding and Composites Technologies



Marion G. Hansen,

Professor Emeritus Ph.D.,  Wisconsin-Madison: Engineering Mechanics


Dr. John F. Fellers

Professor Emeritus Ph.D., The University of Akron: Polymers/Plastics

Joint Faculty

babu-thumbDr. Sudarsanam Suresh Babu
UT/ORNL Governor’s Chair of Advanced Manufacturing; Professor
Ph.D. (Materials Science), University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK


Dr. Jason Fowlkes
Associate Professor
Ph.D., The University of Tennessee:
Laser–Induced Nanostructures in Silicon


Dr. Easo George
Governor’s Chair Professor
Ph.D. (materials science and engineering), The University of Pennsylvania


joy-newDr. David C. Joy
Distinguished Professor
D.Phil., Oxford (UK): Electron Microscopy, Electron-Solid Interactions, Device Metrology

David Joy Retires

morris-newDr. James R. Morris
Associate Professor
Ph.D.: Cornell University: Theoretical modeling and computational simulations of materials at small length scales


simpsonnewDr. Michael L. Simpson
Ph.D., Tennessee: Electronic Materials, Nanostructured Materials, Nanofabrication, Biomaterials


Dr. Andrew Wereszczak
Ph.D.,University of Delaware: Mechanical Behavior, Science and Engineering of Ceramics, Glasses, and Brittle Materials

ORNL Materials Science & Technology Division

zhang-thumbDr. Yanwen Zhang
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Lund Institute of Technology (LTH), Sweden: Ions and electrons interaction with solids, Radiation effects and radiation detector physics, Ion beam analysis

Department of Energy Pulse


zinkle-thumbDr. Steven Zinkle
Governor’s Chair Professor 
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison:
Physical metallurgy of structural materials; the effects of ion and neutron irradiation on the microstructure, physical properties, and mechanical properties of metals and ceramics; transmission electron microscopy; and fusion and space fission reactor materials studies.

claudia_rawn_medDr. Claudia J. Rawn
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Arizona: Ceramic Processing, X-Ray Diffraction, Neutron Scattering

melcher-photo_medDr. Charles L. Melcher
Research Professor
Ph.D. Washington University, St. Louis.: Inorganic Scintillators and their Applications

Research Faculty

Dr. Wojciech Dmoski, Associate Professor

Dr. Takuya Iwashita, Associate Professor

Dr. Konstantin Lokshin, Associate Professor

Dr. Carl McHargue, Professor

Dr. Charles L. Melcher, Professor

Dr. John T. Simpson, Professor

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Ke An, Associate Professor

Dr. Sudarsanam Suresh Babu, Professor

Dr. Hongbin Bei, Associate Professor

Dr. Gajanan S. Bhat, Professor

Dr. Michael P. Brady, Associate Professor

Dr. Jon P. Camden, Associate Professor

Dr. Domenic A. Canonico, Professor

Dr. Peter Cohen, Associate Professor

Dr, Claus Daniel, Assistant Professor

Dr. Lars Aldon Erikson, Professor

Zhili Feng, Professor

Dr. Jason D. Fowlkes, Professor

Dr. Miguel A. Fuentes-Cabrera, Associate Professor

Dr. Amit Goyal, Professor

Dr. Zhang Gai, Associate Professor

Dr. Wei He, Professor

Dr. Gene Ice, Professor

Dr. Ilia N. Ivanov, Associate Professor

Dr. Pooran C. Joshi, Associate Professor


Dr. Sergei V. Kalinin, Associate Professor

Dr. Ho Nyung Lee, Associate Professor

Stephen Levy, Associate Professor

Dr. Jimmy W. Mays, Professor

Dr. Govidarajan Muralidharan, Associate Professor

Dr. Michael Ohl, Associate Professor

Dr. Warren C. Oliver, Professor

Dr. George M. Pharr, Professor

Dr. Jun Qu, Associate Professor

Dr. Timothy G. Rials, Professor

Dr. Orlando Rios, Associate Professor

Dr. Brian C. Sales, Professor

Dr. Michael L. Santella, Professor

Dr. Stephanie TerMaath, Associate Professor

Dr. Uday Vaidya, Professor

Dr. Hsin Wang, Professor

Dr. Xun-Li Wang, Professor

Dr. Thomas R. Watkins, Associate Professor

Dr. Steven J. Zinkle, Professor

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