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 2016! If you find environmental cracking as interesting as we do, then please check out our future openings under the "Research" section to see our upcoming projects!

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Recent News

  • 1/2016 – Prof. Burns received a 2016 Air Force Young Investigator Research Program Award to study the effect of high altitude environments on dislocation structure evolution during fatigue cracking of aerospace Al alloys!

  • 1/2016 – Prof. Burns, Zach, Justin, and Prof. Gangloff's journal article on improvements to decohesion modeling of HEAC in Monel K-500 was published in Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A!

  • 12/2015 – Prof. Burns takes the group out for a Christmas Happy Hour at Eddy's Tavern! Happy holidays!

  • 11/2015 – New computers and a in-situ furnace are installed in the lab to complete the final round of upgrades!

  • 11/2015 – Noelle Co presented a poster at the DoD-Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference titled "Galvanic Corrosion Induced Fatigue Crack Initiation and Propagation Behavior in AA 7050-T7451." She won 2nd place in the Milton Levy Category for the field of Corrosion Science! Congratulations Noelle!!