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

roberto_bensonDr. Roberto S. Benson
Associate Department Head Professor

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



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

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

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

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

egami_medTakeshi Egami
Professor, UT/ORNL Distinguished Scientist Ph.D., Pennsylvania: Materials Physics, Neutron and X-Ray Diffraction, Electronic Ceramics

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

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

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

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

kit-newKevin M. Kit
Associate Professor

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


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

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



david_mandrusDavid 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.


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


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


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


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


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

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


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



Lecturer Faculty

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

ChrisChris Wetteland
Materials Science & Engr


Emeritus Faculty

wads4Larry C. Wadsworth
Professor Emeritus Ph.D., North Carolina State: Nonwoven Materials, Process-Structure-Property Studies in Melt Blowing and Spunbonding and Composites Technologies

Joint Faculty

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


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


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


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

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


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

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

zhang-thumbYanwen 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


zinkle-thumbSteven 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_medClaudia J. Rawn
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Arizona: Ceramic Processing, X-Ray Diffraction, Neutron Scattering

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

Research Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

Paul Becher, Professor

Xingqiu Chen, Assistant Professor

Wojciech Dmoski, Associate Professor

Takuya Iwashita, Research Assistant Professor

Konstantin Lokshin, Assistant Professor

Carl McHargue, Research Professor

Roberta Peascoe Meisner, Assistant Professor

Charles L. Melcher, Research Professor

Joo Hyon Noh, Assistant Professor

Maulik Patel, Assistant Professor

Hong Wang, Assistant Professor

Yuntao Wu, Assistant Professor

Haiyan Xiao, Assistant Professor

Fuxiang Zhang, Associate Professor

Hongbin Bei, Assistant Professor

Theodore M. Besmann, Associate Professor

Craig Blue, Associate Professor

Lynn Boatner, Professor

Michael P. Brady, Associate Professor

Jon P. Camden, Assistant Professor

Domenic A. Canonico, Professor

Claus Daniel, Assistant Professor

Lars Aldon Erikson, Professor

Zhili Feng, Professor

Miguel A. Fuentes-Cabrera, Associate Professor

Joseph A. Horton, Jr., Professor

Cam Hubbard, Professor

Gene Ice, Professor

James, Klett, Assistant Professor

Ho Nyung Lee, Associate Professor

Hua-Tay Lin, Professor

Jimmy W. Mays, Professor

Govidarajan Muralidharan, Assistant Professor

Chaitanya Narula, Assistant Professor

Michael Ohl, Associate Professor

Warren Oliver, Professor

Felix Paulauskas, Professor

Timothy R. Rials, Professor

Michael L. Santella, Professor

Piotr Szupryczynski, Assistant Professor

Stephanie TerMaath, Assistant Professor

Terry N. Tiegs, Assistant Professor

Uday Vaidya, Professor

Xun-Li Wang, Professor

Thomas R. Watkins, Assistant Professor

Richard Weber, Professor

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