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Advanced Materials Group (AMG)

Our group is interested in all aspects of functional materials involving processing-microstructure-properties correlations with a focus on various energy applications.

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

Group Leader:

Indrajit (Indy) Charit, Ph.D., P.E.

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Current Graduate Students:

Ankan Guria (pursuing M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering)

Ankan joined the group in August 2014. His research is focused on understanding the microstructure-dependent mechanical behavior of accident-tolerant ferritic steel cladding materials for nuclear applications.

Cody Hill (pursuing M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering)

Cody joined the group in August 2014. His current work focuses on the process development and characterization of the advanced boride based materials for magneto-hydrodynamic electrodes. He plans to use ball milling and spark plasma sintering to create these materials.

Ramprashad Prabhakaran  (pursuing Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering)

Ram is studying radiation effects on the mechanical properties of various cladding and fuel materials using small volume mechanical test techniques such as shear punch testing. He is currently working at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland. 

Francine Rice (pursuing M.S. in Nuclear Engineering)

Francine joined the group during August 2009. She is a full-time employee of the Idaho National Laboratory. Her research focus is in understanding the blistering behavior of U-Mo materials.

Undergraduate Student:

Brandon Cisco (Summer 2014 and Fall 2014)

Brandon, a MSE senior, is assisting in the work involving metallography and mechanical testing of accident-tolerant ferritic steel cladding materials.

Group Alumni

Graduate Students:

Somayeh Pasebani

Somi completed her PhD in the summer of 2014 by completing her dissertation on "Processing of Oxide Dispersion Strengthened Alloys via Mechanical Alloying and Spark Plasma Sintering." She is currently employed at the North American Hoganas, Johnstown, PA as an Innovation Engineer.

Sultan Alsagabi

Sultan completed his PhD in May 2014. His dissertation title was "High Temperature Deformation Behavior, Thermal Stability and Irradiation Performance in Grade 92 Steel." After graduation, he went back to resume his work at the Atomic Energy Research Institute, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Triratna (Tri) Shrestha

Triratna started his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering in January 2010. His research focus was on the creep studies of Grade 91 steels and relevant analysis for the Very High Temperature Recator (VHTR) applications. He completed his PhD in Spring 2013. The title of his PhD dissertation is: "Creep Deformation, Rupture Analysis, Heat Treatment and Residual Stress Measurement of Monolithic and Welded Grade 91 Steel for Power Plant Applications." He is currently employed as a senior materials engineer at the Integrated Global Services located in Midlothian, Virginia.

Michael V. Glazoff

Mike graduated in Spring 2013 with a MS thesis in Nuclear Engineering, "Advanced High Temperature Reactor: Computational Thermodynamics Study of Materials, Their Diffusion Welding and Corrosion". Mike is a full-time employee of the Idaho National Laboratory.

Jonathan (Jon) Webb

Jon earned his PhD degree in Nuclear Engineering working on a PhD dissertation, "Analysis and Fabrication of Tungsten Cermet Materials for Ultra-High Temperature Reactor Applications via Pulsed Eletric Current Sintering" in June 2012. He is currently employed at Areva Inc. located in Richland, Washington.

Nathan (Nate) Jerred

Nathan earned his MS degree in Nuclear Engineering working on a MS thesis entitled "Solid State Joining of High Temperature Metallic Materials via Pressure Resistance Welding for Advanced Nuclear Reactor Applications," in Fall 2011. He is currently employed at the Center for Space Nuclear Research, Idaho Falls.

Kalyan Chitrada

Kalyan completed his MS degree in MSE in Summer 2010. His thesis title was: "Thermal Stability Studies in Friction Stir Welded MA956 and MA754 Alloys". He is currently working towards his PhD degree at the University of Idaho under the supervision of Professor Krishnan Raja.

Sean McCormick

Sean completed his MS degree in MSE in Summer 2009 and joined NavAir, CA. His thesis title was: "Effect of Heat Treatment and Creep Deformation on the Microstructural Characteristics of ATI 20-25+NbTM Austenitic Stainless Steel."

Undergraduate Students:

Dallas Roberts (summer 2013)

Mark Aikey (BS in MSE)

Brady McNall (graduated)

Brad Burroughs (graduated)

Mary O'Brien (BS in MSE; transferred to WSU)

Maneel Bhardwaj (BS in MSE, Jan. to May 2009; currently pursuing PhD at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Adam Anderson (BS in MSE, summer 2009; works at Wagstaff)

Anup Khatri (BS in MSE, Summer 2009)

Grace Newhouse (BS in MSE, Jan. - Dec. 2009; currently at Micron)

Sultan Alsagabi (MS in Metallurgical Engr., graduated Fall 2009; pursuing PhD at UI)

Lindsay Barnett (BS MSE, graduated Spring 2011; currently working at Micron)

Sweta Khanal (BS in MSE)

Other Personnel:

Dr. Mohammad Faheem, Laboratory Associate (Sep. 2007 - Aug. 2008)

Dr. Mohamed Aboukheshem, Visiting Faculty (Dec. 2008)


Miscellaneous Pictures

"All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy!"

That's why we often go out of our workplace to enjoy various extracurricular activities!

Dr. Charit (left) with his graduate students at Starbucks!

Dr. Charit and graduate students at lunch!

Material Advantage meetings are always fun!


Prospective graduate students: Do you think you have
"intellectual curiosity; a high degree of personal motivation; and ability to work independently as well as in team?" Then you have come to the right place!

Positions are subject to the availability of funding. However, prospective graduate students and postdoctoral candidates may contact via e-mail ( with CVs (in MS-Word or pdf format). Due to the high number of queries, it is not always possible to reply to individual e-mails. If you don't get a reply, please accept my apology and assume that your qualifications do not meet the requirements of our ongoing projects and/or requisite funding sources for supporting new positions are not available.


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