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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

  • 6/2016 – Zach Harris received one of the two 2016 International Symposium on Superalloys Scholarships offered by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). Congrats Zach!

  • 5/2016 – Ryan and Prof. Burns' paper on the effect of chloride concentration on corrosion-fatigue crack behavior of Custom 465 is published in the International Journal of Fatigue!

  • 5/2016 – Noelle Co was a finalist for the UVa MSE Department's 2016 Doris Kuhlmann Wilsdorf Outstanding Graduate Student Award and the 2016 Fred D. Rosi Outstanding Citizen Award. Congrats Noelle!

  • 5/2016 – Zach Harris was a finalist for the UVa MSE Department's 2016 Doris Kuhlmann Wilsdorf Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Congrats Zach!

  • 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!