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
Indrajit (Indy) Charit, Ph.D., P.E.
Current Graduate Students:
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
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
(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.
(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.
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 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
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 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 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."
Dallas Roberts (summer 2013)
Mark Aikey (BS in MSE)
Brady McNall (graduated)
Brad Burroughs (graduated)
Mary O'Brien (BS in MSE; transferred to
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
Sweta Khanal (BS in MSE)
Dr. Mohammad Faheem, Laboratory Associate
(Sep. 2007 - Aug. 2008)
Dr. Mohamed Aboukheshem, Visiting Faculty (Dec. 2008)
"All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull
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!