Welcome to the Burns Research Group website! Here you will find information regarding current and upcoming 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.

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Recent News

  • 4/2016 – Zach Harris, Justin Dolph, Dr. Greg Pioszak, Dr. Brendy Rincon Troconis, Prof. Scully, and Prof. Burns' paper on the effect of lot-to-lot microstructural variation on HEAC in Monel K-500 is published in Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A!

  • 4/2016 – Zach Harris presented a paper and gave a talk at the Virginia Space Grant Consortium 2016 Conference titled, "The Effect of Precipitate Morphology on Hydrogen Environment-Assisted Cracking of Monel K-500"

  • 4/2016 – Noelle Co and Zach Harris presented their posters at the University of Virginia Engineering Research Symposium! Zach is awarded 5th place for his poster and Noelle receives Honorable Mention for her poster. Congrats Noelle and Zach!

  • 3/2016 – Zach Harris and Cameron Springer's proposal, "The Influence of Heat Treatment on Hydrogen Environment-Assisted Cracking of Monel K-500", was selected for a Double Hoo fellowship! Congratulations Zach and Cameron!

  • 3/2016 – Prof. Burns is selected for the Virginia Space Grant Consortium New Investiagor Program Award! Congratulations Prof. Burns!