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Jim Anderegg

137 Wilhelm
Tel: 515-294-2546
Research Focus: Assists the Materials Preparation Center with the operation of the Aüger Electron Spectrometer (AES).

Dan Barnard
207 Metals Development
Tel: 515-294-9998
Research Focus: Non linear ultrasonics.

Matt Besser
108 Metals Development
Tel: 515-294-6719
Research Focus: Thermal spray coatings and devitrification studies of bulk metallic glasses; fabrication and microstructural characterization of amorphous, quasicrystalline, intermetallic, ceramic, and composite coatings via thermal spraying techniques; development of structure-property relationships in plasma sprayed coatings.

Joel Harringa
221 Metals Development
Tel: 515-294-3630
Research Focus: Mechanical alloying, hot consolidation of powders, synthesis and properties of hard materials, the microstructural and mechanical properties of lead free solders, fabrication and electrical property measurements of thermoelectric materials, and x-ray diffraction.

Mianliang Huang
16 Wilhelm
Tel: 515-294-8685
Research Focus: Experimental investigation on iron-based magnetostrictive alloys including alloy design, crystal growth & characterization, and magnetic properties analysis.

Alfred Kracher
227 Wilhelm Hall
Tel: 515-294-7097
Research Focus: Materials analysis by electron microprobe


Yaroslav Mudryk
239 Spedding
Tel: 515-294-2728
Research Focus: Intermetallic compounds of rare-earth elements including magneto-responsive materials and ductile B2-type alloys; X-ray powder diffraction investigation of crystalline materials at various temperatures and applied magnetic fields.

Durga Paudyal
252 Spedding
Tel: 515-294-2041
Research Focus: Theoretical and computational research of rare earth based magneto-responsive materials.

Trevor Riedemann
122 Metals Development
Tel: 515-294-1366
Research Focus: Preparation of high purity rare earth metals and alloys.
Materials Preparation Center

Deborah Schlagel
111 Metals Develoment
Tel: 515-294-3924
Research Focus: Single crystal growth of magnetic and intermetallic alloys; single crystal characterization, including x-ray diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and metallography.

Emrah Simsek
235 Wilhelm Hall
Tel: 515-294-8916
Research Focus: Investigation of solidification dynamics and solid-liquid interfacial phenomena, and materials characterization, as well as design and development of experimental techniques to study the rapid solidification behavior of metallic alloys of interest by means of containerless melting and solidification techniques such as electromagnetic levitation.

Wei Tang
16 Wilhelm
Tel: 515-294-8685
Research focus: Experimental investigation in rapid solidification and powder metallurgy, including alloy design, fabrication & characterization of rare earth magnetic materials and compounds; development of permanent magnets with high temperature performance.


Vadim Varchavski
112 Wilhelm Hall
Tel: 515-294-9636
Research focus: A theoretical research in thermodynamics of solid-liquid phase transformation.

Yaqiao Wu
209A Wilhelm
Tel: 515-294-7587
Research Focus: Materials design, synthesis, property analysis, nanoscale structure and chemical characterization by utilization of the combination of Transmission Electron Microscopy and Atom Probe Tomography; major focus on nanocrystalline rare earth hard magnetic materials and compounds, quasicrystals.

Xiao-Yun Yang
205 Metals Development
Tel: 515-294-4312
Research Focus: Nanoscale structural characterization of materials, especially metallic glass, by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), analytical transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution TEM (HRTEM). Materials thermal analysis by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and differential thermal analysis (DTA).

Shihuai Zhou
116 Wilhelm
Tel: 515-294-8916
Research Focus: Materials design based on the experimental (calorimeter measurement, x-ray, SEM and TEM) investigation, first-principles calculation, computational thermodynamics and kinetics; computational-tools development to predict the relationships among the chemistry, microstructure and physical properties for the rapid solidification materials.