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Research Interests

Microstructure-Property Correlations, High Temperature Mechanical Behavior of Materials (Creep, Superplasticity and relevant phenomena), Nanostructured Materials, Nuclear Materials, Advanced Processing Techniques (High Energy Ball Milling, Friction Stir Welding/Processing, Spark Plasma Sintering)

Click here to see an example of the research work done by Dr. Charit's group and collaborators.

Research Equipment/Facilities

Our laboratory (Advanced Materials Laboratory or AML) is located in McClure 422. The lab is equipped with a simultaneous thermal analyzer, Lindberg high temperature furnaces, Buehler Isomet 1000 cutting machine, high energy ball milling equipment (SPEX Mill 8000M), SPEX-2380 bench press, an inert atmosphere glove box, TEM sample preparation kit (Gatan Disc Punch, Fischione Disc Grinder and Twin-Jet Polisher), and a full metallography facility including an Allied HighTech TwinPrep Grinder/Polisher.


The AML is equipped with three mechanical test instruments: A Lever Arm (20:1) ATS 2335 Creep Tester that can perform tensile creep testing up to 1000 degree C in air; A universal tester (Instron 5982) primarily for performing room temperature and high temperature tensile tests (funded by a NE-UP Infrastructure Grant) at different temperatures and strain rates; and a Vickers microhardness tester (LECO LM100).


Sultan getting ready to start a tensile test / working the hardness m/c              Tri conditioning the creep tester

The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering houses a fully equipped machine-shop at the Buchanan Engineering Laboratory (BEL) on-campus. The Center for Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis, a University of Idaho facility, has a LEO Supra 35VP field-emission-gun scanning electron microscope (FEG-SEM), one AMRAY 1830 SEM, a JEOL transmission electron microscope (TEM) and a Siemens D5000 X-ray diffraction equipment are located in the McClure Hall and easily accessible.

Dr. Charit's group also utilizes the state-of-the-art analytical instruments available at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) at Idaho Falls. These include a High Resolution TEM, SEMs with Focused Ion Beam (FIB) and Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) capabilities and Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP). These instruments can provide valuable information on the intrinsic structure of materials at a very fine level. These instruments are used either as part of the funded ATR-NSUF users facility projects or at a charge. A former PhD student (Somayeh) has used these instruments as part of her dissertation work. Furthermore, the spark plasma sintering machine present at the Advanced Materials Lab at CAES in collaboration with Prof. Darryl Butt, Boise State University.


Somayeh working with the HRTEM and LEAP instruments at CAES-MacS Lab             Somayeh working on the SPS machine at CAES

A pressure resistance welding (PRW) machine was purchased from the Centerline Ltd. using an AFCI grant in the past. Currently, the machine is located at the Instrumentation Shop at the CAES, Idaho Falls. Dr. Charit's group has been successful in joining a variety of high temperature metallic materials (MA956, MA957, HT-9, tungsten) using the PRW technique.


Current Projects

"A Science Based Approach for Selecting Dopants in FCCI-Resistant Metallic Fuel Systems," Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP), DOE Office of Nuclear Energy; I. Charit (PI), S. Choudhury (Co-PI); R. Mariani and M. Benson, Idaho National Laboratory (Co-PIs); Project Period: Oct. 1, 2016 to Sep. 30, 2019; Total Funding: $800,000.

"Microscale Technique to Evaluate Grain Boundary Cohesion of Irradiated Alloys," Idaho National Laboratory LDRD; PI: Jian Chao (INL). Co-PIs: J. Wharry/B. Jaques (Boise State University), R. Fertig (University of Wyoming), I. Charit (University of Idaho), W. Jiang (INL); Project Period: 5/1/2016 to 9/30/2018; Total Funding: $150,000 (Charit).

"Characterization of Creep-Fatigue Crack Growth in Alloy 709 and Prediction of Service Lives in Nuclear Reactor Components," US DOE Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP); PI: G.P. Potirniche, Co-PIs: R. Stephens, I. Charit, A. Tokuhiro (Purdue University), M. Glazoff (Idaho National Laboratory); Project Period: 10/1/2015 to 9/30/2018; Total Funding $799,927 (Charit funding: $100,000).

"Acquisition of a FEI Scios Electron Microscope," Murdock Charitable Foundation, PI: S. Ay, Co-PIs: I. Charit, T. Williams, G. Potirniche, F, Barlow, D. Mcilroy, H. Saied, M. Gunter; Project Period: 1/1/2015 to 1/1/2018; Total Funding: $444,377.

"Boride-based Electrode Materials with Enhanced Stability under Extreme Conditions for MHD Direct Power Extraction," National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), DOE Office of Fossil Energy, PI: I. Charit, co-PI: K.S. Raja (University of Idaho); Project Period: 7/1/2014 to 6/30/2017; Total Funding: $399,938.


Note. For detailed information on the past projects, please refer to Dr. Charit's CV under the 'Group Members' tab.


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