Alumni


Past Postdoctoral Fellows

Mackenzie Ridley

Research:
- Tailoring chemical and thermal properties of rare earth silicates for EBCs
- Tailoring chemical and thermal properties of rare earth oxides for TBCs
- 18O (g) diffusion in air plasma spray EBCs
- Oxidation behavior of transition metal MPEAs
- Oxidation behavior of transition metal carbide UHTCs

Ph.D. - Materials Science & Engineering, University of Virginia - 2021
B.S. - Engineering Physics, Berea College - 2017

Rebekah Webster

Research:
- CMAS Degradation of environmental barrier coatings (EBCs)
- ​Development of novel EBC chemistries
- ​Oxygen and water vapor diffusion in EBCs
- Bond coat oxidation
- Glass properties

Ph.D. - Materials Science & Engineering; University of Virginia, 2019
B.S. - Chemistry; Radford University, 2014

Valentina Angelici Avincola

Research:
- High temperature oxidation of silicon carbide composites in dry and wet atmosphere
- ​Material characterization of environmental barrier coatings for ceramic matrix composites
- ​Hot corrosion of nickel based superalloys

Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), 2016
M.S. - Nuclear Engineering; Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), 2012
B.S. - Energy Engineering; Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), 2009

 

Past Graduate Students

Rachel Guarriello

Dissertation - B2O3 Interactions with Rare Earth Silicate Environmental Barrier Coatings

Ph.D. - Materials Science and Engineering- University of Virginia 2021
M.S. - Materials Science and Engineering - University of Florida 2016
B.S. - Materials Science and Engineering - Pennsylvania State University 2014

Kevin Meisner

Dissertation - Effects of Complex Material-Environment Interactions on Hot Corrosion Mechanisms

Ph.D. - Materials Science and Engineering - University of Virginia 2021
B.S. - Corrosion Engineering - University of Akron 2016

Mackenzie Ridley

Dissertation - Fundamental Degradation Mechanisms and Materials Optimization of Environmental Barrier Coatings

Ph.D. - Materials Science and Engineering - University of Virginia 2021
B.S. - Engineering Physics - Berea College 2017

Lucas Herweyer

Dissertation - The High Temperature Sodium Sulfate Interactions with Ytterbium Disilicate Environmental Barrier Coatings Systems and SIlicon Carbide Ceramic Matrix Materials

Ph.D. - Materials Science and Engineering - University of Virginia 2020
B.S. - Physics - Kenyon College 2015

Lavina Backman

Dissertation - The Design of High Entropy Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics for Oxidation Resistance

Ph.D. - Materials Science and Engineering - University of Virginia 2020
B.S. - Mechanical Engineering with Concentration in Mechatronics - De La Salle University 2009

Cory Parker

Dissertation - Effect of the Air Plasma Spray Process on Rare Earth Silicate Coating Life

Ph.D. - Materials Science and Engineering - University of Virginia 2020
B.S. - Materials Science and Engineering - University of Kentucky 2014

Rebekah Webster

Dissertation - Mitigation Strategies for Calcium Magnesium Alumino-Silicate Attack on Environmental Barrier Coatings

Ph.D. - Materials Science and Engineering - University of Virginia 2019
B.S. - Chemistry - Radford University 2014

Megan Wilson Watza

Dissertation - Oxidation of SiC/BN/SiC ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) and their constituents

Ph.D. - Materials Science and Engineering - University of Virginia 2018
B.S. - Chemical Engineering - Bucknell University 2013

Robert Golden

Dissertation - Matrix development for water vapor resistant SiC- based ceramic matrix composites

Postdoctoral Researcher - Opila Lab - University of Virginia 2017
Ph.D. - Materials Science and Engineering - University of Virginia 2017
B.S. - Physics - Lenoir-Rhyne University 2012

Bonnie McFarland

Dissertation - Boria Effects on the High Temperature Oxidation of Silicon Carbide

Ph.D. - Materials Science and Engineering - University of Virginia 2017
B.S. - Chemical Engineering - Wayne State University 2006

Crescent Islam

Research - High temperature hot corrosion of alloys in marine combustion enviroments 

MMSE - Materials Science and Engineering - University of Virginia 2016
B.S. - Chemistry - Clarkson University 2013

Junchong Shen

Research - Spinodal Decomposition in Iron-Chromium alloys for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

MMSE - Materials Science and Engineering - University of Virginia 2015
B.S. - Materials Physics - University of Science and Technology of China 2011

Joseph Hagan

Dissertation - High Temperature Salt Deposit-Assisted Corrosion of Silicon Carbide-Based Ceramic Matrix Composites: Effects of Composite Chemistry and Architecture

Ph.D. - Materials Science and Engineering - University of Virginia 2015
B.S. - Materials Science and Engineering - Pennsylvania State University 2010

Kathleen Shugart Cissel

Dissertation - Oxidation Behavior of Zirconium Diboride Silicon Carbide Based Materials at Ultra-High Temperatures

Ph.D. - Materials Science and Engineering - University of Virginia 2014
M.S. - Engineering Physics - University of Virginia 2010
B.S. - Physics and Classic Civilizations - University of Mary Washington 2007
 

Past Undergraduate Students

Dominic Pinnisi
Research: Oxidation resistnace of ultra-high temperature ceramics fabricated by novel processing routes

Marcus Dozier
Research: Low temperature oxidation of SiC/SiC ceramic matrix composites

Nathaniel Craft
Research: Oxidation Resistance of Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics Fabricated by Novel Processing Routes

Cameron Miller
Research: Superalloy/coating corrosion in a maritime diesel engine environment, and characterization of Type I and II corrosion of CMSX-4

Stephen Ling
Research: High temperature oxidation of silicon carbide composites in dry atmospheres

Donya Zargham
Research: Environmental Barrier Coatings

Madeline Morales
Research: High Temperature Oxidation of SiC in Liquid B2O3

Kendall Mueller
Research: Oxidation behavior of ultra-high temperature ceramics, including titanium diboride and zirconium diboride. Past work includes oxidation and recession experiments on ceramic matrix composites and environmental barrier coatings

Sean Rouffa

Jason Lopez
Research: Oxidation Behavior of Palladium

Geetesh Devineni

Catherine Beck

Jonathan Valenzuela
Research: Oxidation Behavior of Thermoelectric FeSiGe in High Temperature Environments

Penny Williams

Elise Poerschke
Research: Voltaility and chemical reactions in hot-corrosion components (SiO2, B2O3, and Na2SO4)

Shelby Fields
Research: High Temperature Oxidation of SiC-BN CMCs

Mitchell Godfrey
Research: Sodium silicate/borate crystallization and solubility

Siying Liu

Forrest Craven
Research: ZrB2 Glass Oxide Characteristics

Sarah Masters

Xinye Liu
Research: TiO2 for Potential Application as Environmental Barrier Coating Constituent for SiC-based Composites

Brandon Patterson
Research: Oxidation of ZrB2 – 30 vol % SiC Ultra High Temperature Ceramics (UHTCs)

David Lichtman
Research: An Analysis of the Stability of Trimanganese Tetraoxide (Mn3O4)

Jack Valentine
Research: Material Recession in a High-temperature, High-velocity Water Vapor Environment