Our group is part of the Chemical and Materials Engineering department at the University of Kentucky. Our research primarily focuses on developing and utilizing techniques to better understand metallic materials and metal fabrication techniques. Areas of current focus include:
We typically approach problems with a combined approach that spans from fabrication to characterization. Depending on the material and problem, mechanical tests are either performed ex situ in our custom built mechanical testing setup or in situ using a scanning electron microscope using our FemtoTools micromechanical testing platform. Our group also regularly uses the broad array of characterization equipment available at the UK Electron Microscopy Center. We strive to measure the performance and properties of materials guided by a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms that govern them. Members of our group become proficient in a wide range of characterization techniques and develop the conceptual expertise necessary to leverage those techniques to address problems at the forefront of materials research.
December 9, 2021
At the Second World Congress on High Entropy Alloys Nic gave a presentation titled "High-Throughput Characterization and Testing of MoNbTaW Multi-Principal Element Alloy for Combinatorial Analysis" and presented a poster titled "Investigation of the Initial Stages of Oxidation in MoNbTaW and Comparison to Pure W."