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John R. Scully

John R. Scully Charles Henderson Chaired Professor
of Materials Science and Engineering
Co-Director of Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering

Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University, Materials Science and Engineering, 1987
M.S. The Johns Hopkins University, Materials Science and Engineering, 1982
B.E.S. The Johns Hopkins University, Materials Science and Engineering, 1980

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
University of Virginia
PO Box 400745
395 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4745
Office: Wilsdorf Hall Room 330
p: 434-982-5786
f: 434-982-5799

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Research Interests

Technological advancements that improve the standards of living, safety, and the quality of life of the citizens of the commonwealth and nation place ever-increasing demands on engineers to provide materials with improved properties that enable these advancements. As materials engineers, our goal is to design materials with suitable properties to meet these demands. Unfortunately, most materials suffer from "time dependent" degradation phenomena that tend to alter their properties over time. This can cause safety and reliability concerns. One example of time-dependent degradation phenomena is the corrosion of metallic materials. This phenomenon costs the US over $270 billion dollars annually. My specialty within the Materials Science and Engineering field is to understand the scientific mechanisms of corrosion, the prevention and protection against corrosion phenomena, discovery of novel corrosion protection mechanisms, as well as the lifetime prediction of time-dependent corrosion degradation phenomena. Lifetime prediction enables the determination of safe-life, fail-safe, retirement-for-cause material conditions as well as inspection intervals.

More specifically, my primary research interest is to understand the relationships between a material's structure and composition and properties related to environmental degradation. The properties of focused interest and activity are those associated with hydrogen embrittlement, stress corrosion cracking, localized corrosion, and passivity of materials. My historical current focus is on advanced aluminum, magnesium, titanium, ferrous and nickel-based alloys, as well as stainless steels and aluminum-based intermetallic compounds. A secondary engineering objective is development of methodologies for lifetime prediction engineering materials in corrosive environments. A recent focus has been on nano-engineered materials including multifunctional metallic glasses that deliver novel barrier, sacrificial anode, and chemical inhibition properties. All funded research projects and research gifts or donations fall into one of these two areas. Funding in each of these areas is provided through a mixture of Federal Government (NSF, ONR, NASA, AFOSR, DOE), specific Federal Laboratories (Sandia National Labs), and industrial sources (Alcoa, DuPont, Reynolds, GE, Newport News Shipbuilding, Copper Development Assoc.). Occasionally, funding from state agencies is also achieved (VDOT).

Professonal Experience and Memberships

Charles Henderson Chaired Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, since 2008.

Professor, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Univ. of Virginia, 2000 - 2008.

Associate Professor, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Univ. of Virginia, 1995-2000.

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Univ. of Virginia, 1990-1995.

Senior Member of Technical Staff, Metallurgy Department, Sandia National Labs, 1988-1990.

Sandia National Laboratory Visiting Scholar at A.T. & T. Bell Labs, 1988.

Ship Materials Engineer, Naval Ship Research and Development Center, 1982-1988.

Graduate student, The Johns Hopkins University, 1980-82 (full-time); 1983-87 (part-time)

Editorial Boards of Scientific Journals

Technical Editor-in-Chief, CORROSION Journal, 2012-current

Board of Review of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions,1994-2003

Board of Review of Corrosion Journal (Associate Editor), 1996-2012 (ongoing)

Advisory Board of Materials and Corrosion, 2004- present (on-going)

Honors and Awards

Closing Lecturer, Royal Society of Chemistry, Faraday Discussions, 2015

U.R. Evans Award, U.K. Institute of Corrosion, 2013.

Lee Hsun Lecture Award, Institute of Materials Research (IMR), Chinese National Academy of Science, 2012.

W.R. Whitney Award (from NACE) for recognition of career achievements based on scientific advances in corrosion science and engineering, Awarded 2012.

H.H. Uhlig Award (from ECS) for recognition of career achievements based on scientific advances in corrosion science from the Electrochemical Society, 2009.

Fellow of the Society: American Society for Metals (ASM), 2007.   

Francis LaQue Award, For outstanding contributions in the Science of Corrosion (ASTM), 2005.

Fellow of the Society: The Electrochemical Society (ECS) – International, 2005.

Fellow of the Society: National Association of Engineers, 2002.

Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society - Elected 1980; UVA faculty advisor to Virginia Alpha Chapter At the Univeristy of Virginia: 2000-2004.

Member of Defense Science Board Task Force on Corrosion Control, 2004-2004.

Chair and organizer of the 2004 Gordon Conference on Aqueous Corrosion, 2004.

Technical Consultant to the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Board, 2003.

H. H. Uhlig Award of National Association of Engineers (NACE) - Recognition of Outstanding effectiveness in post-secondary, corrosion education either at the undergraduate or graduate level as exhibited by young educators who excite their students through outstanding and innovative teaching in corrosion, 1997.

David A. Harrison, Jr. Faculty Recognition Award (Univ. Of Virginia) - recognizes outstanding faculty dedication to teaching, teaching through research, and service to the University community.

William H. Blum Award of the National Capitol Section of the Electrochemical Society - For original contributions to the science and/or technology of corrosion and/or electrochemical sciences, 1995.

National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award - 1993-98 Oak Ridge Junior Faculty Enhancement Award - Engineering; for Stress Corrosion Cracking Research, 1992.

A.B. Campbell Award, NACE; Best Science or Engineering Paper in a National Association of Corrosion Engineers Journal by an author under 35 years of age, 1985.

Selected Publications

google scholar link current publications

M.L. Tayler, M Blanton, C Konecki, J Rawlins, JR Scully, "Scribe Creep and
Underpaint Corrosion on Ultra High Molecular Weight Epoxy Resin Coated 1018 Steel
(UNS G10180) Part I: Comparison of Scribe Creep in Lab and Field Tests,”

CORROSION, 71(1), pp. 71-91 (2015). (2014)

L.G. Bland, A.D. King, N. Birbilis, and J.R. Scully, “Assessing the Corrosion of
Commercially Pure Magnesium and Commercial AZ31B by Electrochemical Impedance,
Mass-loss, Hydrogen Collection and ICP-OES Solution Analysis,” CORROSION. (2014)

T. Cain, L. Bland, N. Birbilis, J.R. Scully, A Compilation of Corrosion Potentials for
Mg alloys and Phases, CORROSION, 70(10), pp. 1043-1051, (2014)

N. Birbilis, A.D. King, S. Thomas, G.S. Frankel, J.R .Scully, “Evidence for
enhanced catalytic activity of magnesium arising from anodic dissolution,”
Acta, accepted, 132, pp. 2777-283, (2014)

Madden, S.B., and J.R. Scully. "Inhibition of AA2024-T351 Corrosion Using
Permanganate." Journal of The Electrochemical Society 161(3) (2014): C162-C175.
Impact Factor of Journal of the Electrochemical Society: 2.588

D. J. Horton and J. R. Scully, “Crystallographic Controlled Dissolution and Surface
Faceting in Disordered FCC Fe50Pd50” Materials Research Society Communications –
Research Letters, 4(3), pp. 113-119, doi:10.1557/mrc.2014.23, September (2014)

H. Cong and J. R. Scully, “Effects of Aluminum Solids on the Under Deposit Corrosion of Copper in Synthetic Potable Water: the Arguments for and Against a Semi-permeable Membrane,” J. Electrochem. Soc. 160(9), C1-C11, (2013).

M.L. Lim, S. Jain, R.G. Kelly, J.R. Scully, “Intergranular Corrosion Penetration in AA 5083 as a Function of Electrochemical and Metallurgical Conditions, Corrosion, 69(1) doi:, pp. 35-47, (2013).

J. Ai, H. Ha, R.P. Gangloff and J.R. Scully, “Hydrogen Diffusion and Trapping in a precipitation hardened nickel-copper-aluminum alloy Monel K-500 (UNS N05500)” Acta Metallurgica, 61, pp. 3186-3199,, (2013).

J.R. Scully, W.L. Harris, “Opportunities and Challenges in Corrosion Education: Review of a National Research Council Assessment,” The Electrochemical Society Interface, pp. 55-59. Spring (2012).

K.M. Fleming, A. Zhu, J.R. Scully, “Corrosion of AA 6061 Brazed with an Al-Si Filler: Effects of Si on Metallurgy and Corrosion, CORROSION, 68(12), pp. 1126-1145, (2012).
N.R.  Tailleart, R. Huang, T. Aburada, D.J. Horton, and J.R. Scully, “Effect of Thermally-Induced Relaxation on Passivity and Corrosion of an Amorphous Al-Co-Ce alloy”, Corrosion Science, 59, pp. 238-248, (2012).  DOI 10.1016/j.corsci.2012.03.012 (2012).

145. S. Jain, M.C. Lim, J.L. Hudson, J.R. Scully, “Surface Spreading of Intergranular Corrosion on AA 5083,” Corrosion Science,,  (59), pp. 136-147, (2012).

D. Horton, J.R. Scully, "The Effect of the Amorphous and Crystalline States on Preferential Corrosion of Hf from a Cu75Hf20Dy05 Alloy", Metall. and Mater. Trans. A. August 2012, 43, Issue 8, pp 2706-2720.

T. Aburada, J.M. Fitz-Gerald, and J.R. Scully, “Effect of Minor Alloying Element (Ni) on Local Corrosion Behavior (Pitting and Dealloying) of Solute Rich Al-Cu-Mg Metallic Glasses”, J. of the Electrochem. Soc., 158(9), pp. C253-C265, (2011).
T. Aburada, J.M. Fitz-Gerald, and J. R. Scully, “Synthesis of Nanoporous Copper by Dealloying of Al-Cu-Mg- Amorphous Alloys: Mediation by Minor Nickel Additions Corrosion Science, 53(5), pp. 1627-1632 (2011).