Burns Group students talk in the lab

Mechanistic Investigations into Environmental Cracking

In toto, the Burns Research Group investigates how extreme and harsh environments influence the properties and performance of select materials.

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 aluminum, and Ni-based super alloys. In particular, the group strives to understand how the environment influences the properties and performance of these structural metals.

Professor Burns is always interested in talking with highly self-motivated students. Look around our website to learn more about our research group!

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Burns Group Research Overview

Professor Burns gives an overview of his career, his research at UVA, and collaborators that the Burns group is working with.