Welcome to the Burns Research Group website! Here you will find information regarding current research, group members, and our lab facilities.

The Burns Research Group is a member of the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering, which operates inside of the Materials Science and Engineering Department here at UVA. Our research is primarily directed towards investigating environmental fracture in structural metals, including ultra-high strength steels, 5xxx and 7xxx-series aluminium, and Ni-based superalloys. In particular, the group strives to understand how the environment influences the properties and performance of these structural metals.

The Burns Research Group is recruiting for positions that start in Summer/Fall 2015! If you find environmental cracking as interesting as we do, then please check out our future openings under the "Research" section!

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Recent News

  • 2/2015 – Prof. Burns attended a program review at Alcoa.

  • 2/2015 – Justin Dolph successfully defends his Masters Thesis! Congratulations Justin!

  • 2/2015 – Jenny Jones and her research are featured in SEAS's Unbound Winter 2015 edition! Congratulations Jenny!

  • 1/2015 – Scott Fawaz and Sarah Galyon Dorman (UVA MSE alumni) from SAFE Engineering visit the Burns Research Group. Fatigue testing on C465 UHSS goes very well!

  • 1/2015 – Welcome back to Grounds for the Spring semester!