The University of Tennessee, Knoxville



Dr. Veerle M. Keppens
Department Head / Professor
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Ph.D., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium): Elastic Constants of Novel Materials, Lattice Dynamics, Tunneling States in Amorphous Materials


Dr. Roberto S. Benson
Associate Department Head / Professor

Ph.D., Florida State: Biopolymers, Polymer Degradation, Composites

Philip D. Rack
Associate Department Head
Professor / Leonard G. Penland Chair
Ph.D., Florida: Electronic and Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, Thin Film Processing and Characterization

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Gajanan S. Bhat
Ph.D. Georgia Tech: Acrylic and Carbon Fibers, Recycled Plastics, Nonwoven materials


Hahn Choo
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology: Physical/Mechanical Behavior of Structural Materials, Neutron Scattering

Gerd Duscher
Ph.D., Max-Planck Institute: : Acrylic and Carbon Fibers, Recycled Plastics, Nonwoven materials
Takeshi Egami
Professor, UT/ORNL Distinguished Scientist Ph.D., Pennsylvania: Materials Physics, Neutron and X-Ray Diffraction, Electronic Ceramics

Yanfei Gao
Ph.D., Princeton University: Small Scale Mechanical Behavior, Defects and Friction, Nanoscale Thin Film Heterostructures, Computational Materials Science
Wei He
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Connecticut: Synthesis and Patterning of Polymers for Biomedical Application

Bin Hu
Ph.D., Chinese Academy of Sciences: Electronic and Optical Polymeric Materials and Devices
Ramki Kalyanaraman
Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Raleigh: Advanced materials for energy, thin films, nanomaterials, nanomanufacturing, sensing and electronics, self-organization, etc.

David J. Keffer
Ph.D., University of Minnesota: Multiscale materials modeling with applications in fuel cells, nanoporous materials, polymers, explosive sensors, etc.
Kevin M. Kit
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Delaware: Polymer Blends, Agricultural Materials

Peter K. Liaw
Professor / Racheff Chair of Excellence
Ph.D., Northwestern: Mechanical Behavior, Composite Materials, Life Prediction and Extension
Carl D. Lundin
Ph.D., Rensselaer: Welding, Joining, Non-Equilibrium Metallurgy

David Mandrus
Professor & Jerry and Kay Henry Endowed Professor
Ph.D., Stony Brook University: Growth, discovery, and materials physics of new electronic and magnetic materials. Oxide electronics.

Thomas T. Meek
Associate Professor
Ph.D., The Ohio State University: Structure Determination of Vitreous Silica Using Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis

T. G. Nieh
Ph.D., Stanford: Superplasticity, Intermetallic Compounds, Bulk Metallic Glasses
George M. Pharr
Chancellor's Professor
Ph.D., P.E., Stanford: Mechanical Behavior, Nanoindentation, Thin Films

Claudia J. Rawn
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Arizona: Ceramic Processing, X-Ray Diffraction, Neutron Scattering

Kurt E. Sickafus
Alvin and Sally Beaman Professor

Ph.D., Cornell University: Grain Boundary Structural Transformations Induced by Solute Segregation

Shanfeng Wang
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Akron: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Polymer Chemistry, Physics, and Rheology
William J. Weber
Governor's Chair Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin: Radiation Effects, Ion-Beam Modification of Materials, Nuclear Materials, Defects Properties in Ceramics

Haixuan Xu
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Florida: From Electronic Structure of Point Defects to Physical Properties of Complex Materials using Atomic-Level Simulations

Mariya Zhuravleva
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Tohoku University, Japan: Bulk Crystal Growth From the Melt, Inorganic Scintillation Materials


Emeritus Faculty

Larry C. Wadsworth
Professor Emeritus Ph.D., North Carolina State: Nonwoven Materials, Process-Structure-Property Studies in Melt Blowing and Spunbonding and Composites Technologies

Joint Faculty

Sudarsanam Suresh Babu
UT/ORNL Governor's Chair of Advanced Manufacturing; Professor
Ph.D. (Materials Science), University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK


JasonJason Fowlkes
Associate Professor
Ph.D., The University of Tennessee:
Laser–Induced Nanostructures in Silicon

David C. Joy
Distinguished Professor
D.Phil., Oxford (UK): Electron Microscopy, Electron-Solid Interactions, Device Metrology

James R. Morris
Associate Professor
Ph.D.: Cornell University: Theoretical modeling and computational simulations of materials at small length scales

Michael L. Simpson
Ph.D., Tennessee: Electronic Materials, Nanostructured Materials, Nanofabrication, Biomaterials
Andrew Wereszczak
Ph.D.,University of Delaware: Mechanical Behavior, Science and Engineering of Ceramics, Glasses, and Brittle Materials

Yanwen Zhang
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Lund Institute of Technology (LTH), Sweden: Ions and electrons interaction with solids, Radiation effects and radiation detector physics, Ion beam analysis

Steven Zinkle

Governor's Chair Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison:
Physical metallurgy of structural materials; the effects of ion and neutron irradiation on the microstructure, physical properties, and mechanical properties of metals and ceramics; transmission electron microscopy; and fusion and space fission reactor materials studies.

Centers Directors

Center for Materials Processing

Claudia J. Rawn
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Arizona: Ceramic Processing, X-Ray Diffraction, Neutron Scattering

Scintillation Materials Research Center

Charles L. Melcher
Research Professor
Ph.D. Washington University, St. Louis.: Inorganic Scintillators and their Applications


Adjunct Faculty

Hongbin Bei, Assistant Professor

Theodore M. Besmann, Associate Professor

Craig Blue, Associate Professor

Lynn Boatner, Professor

Michael P. Brady, Associate Professor

Domenic A. Canonico, Professor

Claus Daniel, Assistant Professor

Lars Aldon Erikson, Professor

Zhili Feng, Professor

Miguel A. Fuentes-Cabrera, Associate Professor

Joseph A. Horton, Jr., Professor

Cam Hubbard, Professor

Gene Ice, Professor

James, Klett, Assistant Professor

Ho Nyung Lee, Associate Professor


  • Hua-Tay Lin, Professor
  • Jimmy W. Mays, Professor
  • Govidarajan Muralidharan, Assistant Professor
  • Chaitanya Narula, Assistant Professor
  • Michael Ohl, Associate Professor
  • Warren Oliver, Professor
  • Felix Paulauskas, Professor
  • Timothy R. Rials, Professor
  • Michael L. Santella, Professor
  • Piotr Szupryczynski, Assistant Professor
  • Stephanie TerMaath, Assistant Professor
  • Terry N. Tiegs, Assistant Professor
  • Uday Vaidya, Professor
  • Xun-Li Wang, Professor
  • Thomas R. Watkins, Assistant Professor
  • Richard Weber, Professor


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