Thompson Research Group

 

THOMPSON RESEARCH GROUP MEMBERS

 

Professor Gregory B. Thompson

Professor Gregory B. Thompson joined the faculty in the Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering at The University of Alabama as an Assistant Professor in 2003. He was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2008 and promoted to Professor in 2012. He currently serves as the Associate Director for UA's Central Analytical Facility, which houses over $10M of analytical microscopy equipment (www.caf.ua.edu), and appointed in 2013 as the Director of the Materials Science Ph.D. program (http://materialsscience.ua.edu). 

Professor Thompson has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in his research areas of analytical microscopy and phase transformations. He received his Ph.D. (2003) and M.S. (1998) from The Ohio State University in Materials Science & Engineering and a B.S. (1996) in Physics from The Brigham Young University. Between his M.S. and Ph.D., he worked as a process engineer for Multi-Arc Inc.'s Southeast Regional Coatings Center, which provided hard coatings for cutting tool applications. Professor Thompson was the recipient of the National Science Foundation Early Career Award in 2005 and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society's Young Leader and International Young Leader and International Young Leader awards in 2005 and 2008, respectively. In 2012 he chaired the International Field Emission Symposium (www.ifes2012.ua.edu), the premiere biennial meeting for atom probe and high field nanosciences. He has received external funding from the National Science Foundation, Army Research Office, NASA, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Office of Naval Research, and various industrial and national laboratory sponsors.  • View Curriculum Vitae

 

 

 

Post-doctoral fellows:

Xiao-xiang Yu
• Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, 2012
• B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, China, 2007
• Research topic: Molecular dynamics simulations on the stability of phases in thin multilayered films. First-principles calculations on the phase transformation in shape memory alloys.

 

 

Monica Kapoor
• Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering, Northwestern University, 2013
• B.E. Plastic Technology, Gujarat University, 2001
• Research topic: Design and Development of bcc-Cu and B2NiAl-Precipitation-Strengthened Ferritic Steel

 

 

Graduate Students:

Nicholas De Leon (Ph.D. student)
• B.S. Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2009
• Ph.D. topic: Elevated temperature deformation of ultrahigh temperature carbides.

 

 

 

Anne Coppa (Ph.D. student)
• B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), 2009
• Master of Science topic: Microstructural Characterization of Ni-49Ti-23Pd-2Hf Shape Memory Alloy using atom-probe tomography.

 

 

Thomas Burton (M.S. student)
• B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), 2011
• Master of Science topic: Characterization of BN materials for Hall effect thruster application.

 

 

Suzanne Kornegay (M.S. student)
• B.S. Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2012
• Master of Science topic: Microstructural Characterization of Ni-Ti-Zr Shape Memory Alloy.

 

 

 

Li Wan (M.S. student)
• B.S. Material Processing and Control, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, 2012
• Master of Science topic: The stability of phases in thin multilayered films.

 

 

 

Jelani Hardwick (M.S. student)
• B.S. Electrical Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2012
• Master of Science topic: Investigation of abnormal grain growth by mechanical indentation of Ag thin films at cryogenic tempertures.

 

 

 

Katherine Vinson (M.S. student)
• B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2013
• Master of Science topic: Characterization of Hf-N ceramics.

 

 

 

Tyler Kaub (M.S. student)
• B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, 2013
• Master of Science topic: Characterization of solute migration to grain boundaries in metal films.

 

 

 

Chase Smith (M.S. student)
• B.S. Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2013
• Research topic: Experimental Application of Non-contact Thermomechanical Testing on Creep Behavior on W Wire

 

 

 

Brett Hunter (M.S. student)
• B.S. Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2013
• Master of Science topic: TBD

 

 

 

 Xuyang Zhou (Ph.D. student)
 • B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, China,  2011
 • M.S. "Composition design, fabrication and characterization of B-C-Mg  amorphouse-based coatings." Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University  of Technology, China, 2014
 • Ph.D. topic: Thin film growth and means to control intrinsic stress states  through solute segregation to grain boundaries

 Qianying Guo (Ph.D. student)
 • B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China,  2011
 • M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Pohang University of Science and  Technology, South Korea, 2013
 • Ph.D. topic: The stability of phases in thin multilayered films.

 

Undergraduate Students:


Alumni

Chad Hornbuckle
• Ph.D. "Inverstigations in Phase Stability and Mechanical Attributes in very Ni-Rich Nitinol with and Without Hafnium Additions" Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2014
• M.S. "Characterization of (Co1-xNix)88Zr7B4Cu melt spun ribbons." Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2012
• B.S. Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2012

Lei Zhang
• Ph.D. "On the Chemical Synthesis of Mn Based High Magneocrystalline Anisotrophy Energy Density Magnetic Nanoparticles" Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2013
• B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China (UTSC), 2009

Bradford Schulz
• Ph.D. "Microstructure and Oxidation Propeties in Hf-Ta-N Ceramics." Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2013
• M.S. "Processing and characterization of tantalum-hafnium carbides." Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2011
• B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), 2009

Justin Brons
• Ph.D. "Influence of Grain Misorientation on Grain Growth in Nanocrystalline Metals." Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2013
• M.S. "Interface orientation dependent field evaporation behavior in multilayer thin-films." Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2011
• B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), 2009

Billie Wang
• Post-doctoral fellow
• Ph.D. Materials Science, The Ohio State University, 2008
• M.S. Materials Science, The Ohio State University, 2006
• S.B. Materials Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
• Research topic: First principle calculations of carbide deformation.

Bianzhu Fu
• Post-doctoral fellow
• Ph.D. "Fabrication and characterization of mangetocrystalline anisotropy graded Fe(Ni)Pt films." Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2011
• M.S. "Correlation of grain boundary segregates and their effect on the intrinsic thin film growth stresses during atomic ordering." Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2010
• B.S. Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, 2007

Ross Hinson
• M.S. "The Role Of Copper On Stress Evolution and Chemical Ordering in Iron-Copper-Platinum Thin Films." Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2011
• B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009

Taisuke Sasaki
• Post-doctoral fellow
• Ph.D. Engineering, University of Tsukuba, Japan, 2008
• Research topic: Characterization of bimetallic deformation in heavily drawn wires.

Robert Morris
• Post-doctoral fellow
• Ph.D. "Microstructure characterization of tantalum carbide processed under various thermo-mechanical treatments." Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2010
• M.S. Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2008
• B.S. Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2006

Karen T. Henry
• Post-doctoral fellow
• Ph.D. "Characterization of Segregation effects and Ordering in FePt-based thin films." Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2010
• M.S. Aerospace and Mechanics, The University of Alabama, 2006
• B.S. Aerospace and Mechanics, The University of Alabama, 2005

Diondra Means
• M.S. "Understanding the influence of Ta segregation in controlling the A1 to L10 phase transformation and texture development in FePt thin films." Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2010
• B.S. Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2008

Chandan Srivsatava
• Ph.D. "Understanding the mechanistic growth of FePt nanoparticles." Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2008
• M.S. "Synthesis and characterization of FePt(Cr) nanoparticles." Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2006
• B.S. Indian Institute of Technology, 2003

Amanda Cole
• M.S. "Pulse thermal processing of FePt thin films using a plasma arc lamp." (at Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2007
• B.S. Chemical Engineering, The University of South Alabama, 2004

Nick Morgan
• M.S. "In-situ TEM of ion irradiated Fe-Pt alloy thin films and its influence on microstructure and phase transforming behavior."Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2005
• B.S. Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2003

Yuki Inaba
• Post-doctoral fellow
• Ph.D. Tohoku University, Tohoku, Japan, 2005
• Research topic: Dr. Inaba worked with Professors Thompson and Harrell (Physics) on short-time scale annealing processes for FePt thin films.

Rich Martens
• Research associate
• Assisted Professor Thompson and his group in characterization of nanowires (NSF-ECS-0609388) and development of atom probe specimen preparation and analysis techniques. Currently a full-time employee in UA's Central Analytical Facility