Welcome!

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.

Prof. Burns is actively recruiting for positions that starts in Summer/Fall 2018! If you find environmental cracking as interesting as we do, then please check out our future openings under the "Research" section to see available projects!

  • Group Hike 2016
  • Noelle and Prof. Burns
  • Prof. Burns, Prof. Locke, and Prof. Gangloff
  • Dinner in San Diego at TMS 2017
  • jquery slideshow
  • Zach at TMS 2017
  • Prof. Burns in Japan
Group Hike 20161 Noelle and Prof. Burns2 Prof. Burns, Prof. Locke, and Prof. Gangloff3 Dinner in San Diego at TMS 20174 Greece 20175 Zach at TMS 20176 Prof. Burns in Japan7

Recent News

  • 6/2018 – Adam Thompson presents a talk titled, "Characterization of the effects of high altitude environments on dislocation structure evolution during fatigue loading of AA7075-T651" at the 12th International Fatigue Congress in Poitiers, France.

  • 5/2018 – Zach Harris receives the Best Presentation Award at the 2018 SteelyHydrogen Conference in Ghent, Belgium! Congrats Zach!

  • 5/2018 – Matt McMahon presents a talk titled, "Mitigation of H-induced intergranular cracking in Al-Mg alloys by electrochemical potential control" at the 2018 SteelyHydrogen Conference in Ghent, Belgium.

  • 5/2018 – Zach Harris presents a talk titled, "The Effect of Heat Treatment Variation on Hydrogen Environment-Assisted Cracking Susceptibility in a Precipitation-Hardened Ni-Based Superalloy" at the 2018 SteelyHydrogen Conference in Ghent, Belgium.

  • 5/2018 – Prof. Burns gives a plenary lecture titled, "Next generation insights into environmental cracking via coupling high-fidelity experimentation, material characterization, and multi-scale modeling approaches" at the 12th International Fatigue Congress in Poitiers, France.