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 still actively 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! Also, many of the members of the Burns Research Group just presented their work at TMS 2015. Check out our group activities page to see what our group members were up to in Orlando!

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Recent News

  • 4/2015 – Ryan Donahue successfully defended his Masters Thesis! Congratulations Ryan!

  • 4/2015 – Jenny Jones successfully defended her Masters Thesis! Congratulations Jenny!

  • 4/2015 – Zach Harris was selected to be a VSGC Graduate Research Fellow! Congratulations Zach!

  • 4/2015 – Richard Hardis was awarded the Alcoa Engineering Scholarship Award! Congratulations Richard!

  • 4/2015 – Sarah Fakler is selected as an Alcoa Undergraduate Research Fellow! Congratulations Sarah!