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Advanced Materials Group (AMG)

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

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.

   - CV -

Current Graduate Students:

Anumat Sittiho (pursuing M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering)


Anumat joined the AML group in August 2015. His research is focused on understanding the microstructure-dependent mechanical behavior of friction stir welded ferritic steel for energy applications.

Arnab Kundu (pursuing Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering)

Arnab joined the group in August 2014. His current work focuses on the process optimization and characterization of ferritic steels. He is using the ball milling and spark plasma sintering work to create these materials. His research is supported by Laboratory Directed Research & Development (LDRD) Program of the Idaho National Laboratory and Center for Advanced Energy Studies.

Martin Taylor (pursuing M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering)

Martin joined the AML group in Summer of 2016 as undergraduate research assistant. He has graduated with a BS degree in MSE in Fall 2016. He has been accepted as a MS student in the MSE Program. His research work focuses on the creep and creep-fatigue characterization and microstructural evaluation of Alloy 709.

Nathan Jerred (pursuing Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering)

Nathan joined the MSE PhD program in August 2016. His dissertation work is based on the development of understanding of the fuel-cladding-chemical-interaction (FCCI) in fast reactor fuels. His work is supported by the Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP). He is also affiliated with the Center for Space Nuclear Research.

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

Ram is studying radiation effects on the mechanical properties of iron and nickel based oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloys before and after friction stir welding. He is currently working full-time at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland. 

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

Francine is a full-time employee of the Idaho National Laboratory. Her research focus is in understanding the blistering behavior of U-Mo alloys.

Undergraduate Student:

Sean Instasi (Summer 2016 and Spring 2017)

Sean, a MSE senior, was involved in assisting with the work involving processing of ferritic steels via mechanical alloying and spark plasma sintering. Recently, he received an undergraduate research project funded by the UI Undergraduate Research Office. His project work is on the evaluation of microstructure and hardness of pressure-resistance-welded molybdenum based material.

Jack Armstrong (Fall 2017 onwards)

Jack is a MSE undergraduate. He is excited to work on materials research. He is shadowing a graduate student at present to learn the tricks of the trade!

Group Alumni

Graduate Students:

Ankan Guria (MS, MSE; 2015): Currently Application Engineer at the Sandvik India, Hosur.

Cody Hill (MS, MSE; 2015): Joined Vista Outdoor, Lewiston, ID, USA upon graduation.

Somayeh Pasebani (PhD, MSE, 2014): Currently Assistant Professor at the Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA.

Sultan Alsagabi (MS, MetE, 2009 /PhD, MSE, 2014): Research Engineer, Atomic Energy Research Institute, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Triratna (Tri) Shrestha (PhD, MSE, 2013): He is currently employed as a senior materials engineer at the Integrated Global Services located in Midlothian, Virginia.

Michael V. Glazoff (MS, NE, 2013): He is a full-time employee of the Idaho National Laboratory.

Jonathan (Jon) Webb (PhD, NE, 2012): He joined Areva Inc., Richland, Washington.

Nathan (Nate) Jerred (MS, NE, 2011): He is currently affiliated with the Center for Space Nuclear Research, Idaho Falls. Currently, he is also pursuing his PhD.

Kalyan Chitrada (MS, MSE, 2010)

Sean McCormick (MS, MSE, 2009): Sean joined NavAir, CA upon graduation.

Undergraduate Students:

Many undergraduate students worked at AML over the past several years. You will be able to get more information on them in Dr. Charit's CV.

Other Personnel:

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

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



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!

Generally, positions are subject to the availability of funding. However, prospective graduate students and postdoctoral candidates may contact via e-mail ( with their 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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