Reinke Group News

News about the Nanomaterials and Surface Science Group led by Petra Reinke





    UVA Engineering Team Provides Unprecedented Insight into the Mechanisms of Corrosion in Wet and Dry Environments

    August 24, 2021

    Recent leaps in imaging technologies have given scientists new tools to understand and take advantage of phenomena that occur naturally when matter is organized at the nanoscale. Microscopy tools and techniques have opened new vistas in many fields including medicine, computing, chemical catalysis and materials synthesis.

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    Petra Reinke Aids Search for Corrosion-Resistant Metals

    August 24, 2021

    PETRA REINKE, professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Virginia, deconstructs how metal surfaces protect themselves from corrosion. Her research focuses on oxidation, a chemical reaction that occurs naturally when oxygen reacts with the surface of metals or alloys.

    Reinke’s research helps us understand the oxidation of nichrome and related super alloys down to the atomic scale. Just a small percentage of chromium added to nickel greatly improves corrosion resistance. The oxide layer formed with these two elements is more uniform and tightly bonded with the surface metal.

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    Materials Science Students Showcase Research at American Vacuum Society International Symposium

    August 24, 2020

    “Every fall, those of us who grow thin films and study surfaces and interfaces make our way to the AVS annual meeting,” said Petra Reinke, professor of materials science and engineering and program chair of the Surface Science Division for AVS 66. “AVS creates an intersection for everyone who works in this field, and offers unique opportunities to advance our research,” Reinke said. “Networking opportunities, talks and posters about exciting new discoveries combine for a great experience. Each year AVS creates open spaces to let our minds roam; this is where ideas bloom best.”   

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