Welcome to the Burns Research Group website! Here you will find information regarding current and upcoming research, group members, and our lab facilities.

The Burns Research Group is a member of the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering, which operates inside of the Materials Science and Engineering Department here at UVA. Our research is primarily directed towards investigating environmental fracture in structural metals, including ultra-high strength steels, 5xxx and 7xxx-series aluminium, and Ni-based superalloys. In particular, the group strives to understand how the environment influences the properties and performance of these structural metals.

Prof. Burns is actively recruiting for positions that starts in Summer/Fall 2019! If you find environmental cracking as interesting as we do, then please check out our future openings under the "Research" section to see available projects!

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Recent News

  • 12/2018 – Adam Thompson and Zach Harris' paper entitled "Examination of focused ion beam-induced damage during platinum deposition in the near-surface region of an aerospace aluminum alloy" is accepted for publication in Micron!!

  • 12/2018 – Patrick Steiner passes his Ph.D proposal! Congratulations Patrick!!

  • 12/2018 – Zach Harris successfully defends his dissertation! Congrats Dr. Harris!!!

  • 10/2018 – Crestienne DeChaine joins the Burns Group as an undergraduate research assistant! Welcome to the team!!

  • 10/2018 – Kallia Smith joins the Burns Group as an undergraduate research assistant! Welcome to the team!!