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New Openings 2016

Opening for a domestic Ph.D. student - project involves physical and mechanical metallurgy of uranium and uranium alloys. Applications of these materials include production of medical isotope Tc99 and metallic fuel for reactors. The work involves a combination of experimental and computational techniques.

Professor Agnew studies connections between the microstructure and properties of advanced crystalline materials through experimentation and modeling. Pending research proposals include:

1) laser surface processing (laser ablation coating removal and imparting of beneficial surface stresses through laser shock peening) in collaboration with Professor Fitz-Gerald,

2) deformation mechanisms in magnesium alloys

3) design of optimized TiC-, TiN-, and TiCN-based cermets

Applications for these processes and materials range from civil transportation infrastructure, automotive and aerospace industries, and defense.

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