Advanced Materials Group (AMG)
Our group is interested in all aspects of
structural, fuel and cladding materials, establishing processing-microstructure-property
Dr. Charit's Office: McClure Hall Room 405D
Graduate Students' Office: McClure Hall Room 437
Advanced Materials Laboratory: McClure Hall Room 422
University of Idaho, Moscow campus
Indrajit (Indy) Charit,
1. Ramprashad (Ram) Prabhakaran
[pursuing Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering], CV
Ram is studying radiation effects on
mechanical properties of various cladding and fuel materials using small
volume mechanical test techniques, such as shear punch testing.
2. Jonathan (Jon) Webb [pursuing Ph.D. in Nuclear
Jon is working on the fabrication of W-Re cladding alloys via the spark
plasma sintering technique and evaluation of their mechanical
characteristics. He is stationed in Idaho Falls and works at the Idaho
National Laboratory half-time.
3. Triratna (Tri) Shrestha [pursuing
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering],
4. Somayeh (Somi) Pasebani
[pursuing Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering],
Triratna started in January of 2010. His research focus is on the creep
studies of Grade 91 steels and relevant analysis for the Very High
Temperature (VHTR) applications.
Somayeh is working on a novel route of producing oxide dispersion
strengthened steels via mechanical alloying followed by spark plasma
sintering. She is also using advanced characterization tools to
characterize microstructure. She started her PhD in the
summer of 2010.
Francine Rice [pursuing M.S. in Nuclear Engineering], CV
Francine has joined the group during August 2009. She is stationed at
the Idaho National Laboratory. Her research focus is to understand the
blistering behavior of U-Mo materials.
6. Sultan Alsagabi [pursuing Ph.D.
in Materials Science and Engineering], CV
Sultan has an MS in Metallurgical Engineering from the UI. He rejoined
the group during Fall 2010. He is currently working on establishing
structure-property relations in two nickel based oxide dispersion
strengthened superalloys (MA754 and MA758).
7. Mike Glazoff [pursuing MS
in Nuclear Engineering], CV
Mike will start working with
us from January 2012. He works full-time at the Idaho National
Laboratory and a part-time student at the University of Idaho. He will
work on the application of computational materials science techniques in
the nuclear field.
Front row (from left): Francine, Indy, Tri, Ram
Back row (from left): Kalyan, Nathan
Front row (from left): Sultan, Tri
Back row (from left): Indy, Somi
Our recent summer potluck event was a blast!
1. Mary O'brien
(pursuing BS in MSE)
Mary started research at the AML in Spring 2011. She is currently
pursuing a summer internship at the Idaho National Laboratory where she
is helping with the tungsten-rhenium fabrication project.
(pursuing BS in MSE)
Sweta assists the ODS
project. She has been working with the AMG for over a year.
3. Robert Meine
(pursuing BS in MSE)
Robert is helping out
on the grade-91 project. He
has been working with the AMG from fall-2011.
Brady McNall (pursuing BS in MSE)
Brady started research in summer 2011. He works on microhardness
testing, metallography and
density measurement of various materials and support graduate students
in their work.
5. Mark Aikey (pursuing BS in MSE)
Mark is working in close concert with the graduate students and learning
important research skills.
Former AMG Members
1. Dr. Mohammad Faheem, Laboratory
Manager (Sep. 2007 - Aug. 2008); postdoctoral fellow at Washington State
2. Dr. Mohamed Aboukheshem, Visiting Faculty (Dec. 2008)
3. Triratna Shrestha (undergraduate research assistant, graduated in
Dec. 2008; pursuing PhD at UI)
4. Maneel Bhardwaj (undergraduate research assistant, Jan. to May 2009;
currently pursuing PhD at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
5. Sean McCormick (completed MS in MSE, graduated during the summer
2009; works at NavAir, CA)
Adam Anderson (undergraduate research
assistant, summer 2009; )
7. Anup Khatri (undergraduate research assistant, Summer 2009)
8. Grace Newhouse (undergraduate research assistant, Jan. - Dec. 2009;
currently at Micron, Boise)
9. Sultan Alsagabi (MS in Metallurgical Engr., graduated Fall 2009;
pursuing PhD at UI)
10. Lindsay Barnett (BS in MSE, graduated Spring 2011; currently at
11. Kalyan Chitrada (MS in MSE, Aug. 2008 to Aug. 2010)
12. Nathan Jerred (MS in NE, graduated Aug. 2011; currently at the
Center for Space Nuclear Research)
Positions are subject to the
availability of funds. However, prospective graduate students and
postdoctoral candidates are encouraged to contact via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with CVs (in MS-Word or pdf format).