​Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1998​B.S. Cornell University, 1994

"Looking at the microstructure of crystalline materials through experimentation, their properties impact performance in every modern industry."

Sean R. Agnew, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Our research is focused primarily on metals analysis, including magnesium alloy formability, intermetallic behaviors, and aluminum alloy fatigue. Our methods of analysis typically include uses of SEM, TEM, XRD, and Neutron diffraction. Also included in our army of techniques is mechanical testing.

I'm actively recruiting students for Fall of 2024. In addition to standard graduate research assitantships, I'm coordinating a search for UVA Nuclear Regulary Commision (NRC) graduate fellows

Research Interests

  • Surface and Interface Science and Engineering
  • Metallurgy
  • Materials Characterization
  • Nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing
  • Advanced materials for transportation applications

In the News

Selected Publications

  • "Plastic Anistotropy and the Role of Non-Basal Slip in Magnesium Alloy AZ31B," Int. J. Plasticity, accepted S.R. Agnew and O. Duygulu
  • “Enhanced Ductility in Strongly Textured Magnesium Produced by Equal Channel Angular (ECA) Processing”, Scripta Mater, 50 (2004) 377-381. S.R. Agnew, J.A. Horton, T.M. Lillo and D.W. Brown,
  • “Ultrasonic Velocity and Texture of High RRR Niobium” Materiaux et Techniques, No. 7-8-9 (2003) 38-44. S.R. Agnew, F. Zeng, and G.R. Myneni
  • “Study of Slip Mechanisms in a Magnesium Alloy by Neutron Diffraction and Modeling”, Scripta Mater, 48 (2003) 1003-1008. S.R. Agnew, C.N. Tomé, D.W. Brown, T.M. Holden, and S.C. Vogel
  • “TEM Invesitgation of <c+a> Dislocation Structures in Mg and Mg-Li α -Solid Solution Alloys”, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 23A, 813-822 (2002). S. R. Agnew, J. A. Horton, and M. H. Yoo
  • “Overview of fatigue performance of Cu processed by severe plastic deformation,” J. Electron. Mater., 28, 1038-1044 (1999). S. R. Agnew, A. Y. Vinogradov, S. Hashimoto, and J. R. Weertman
  • “Low-Cycle Fatigue Behavior of Ultrafine Grain Copper”, Mat. Sci. Eng.,A244, 145 (1998). S. R. Agnew and J. R. Weertman
  • “The Influence of Texture on the Elastic Properties of Ultrafine-Grain Copper,” Mat. Sci. Eng., A242, 174 (1998) S. R. Agnew and J. R. Weertman