Fei Xue (PD)

Home Town: Anyang, China


  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Northeastern University, China (2007)
  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China (2015)

Previous Positions

  • Postdoc, Materials Science & Engineering department, Northwestern University, Evanston, 2018-2020
  • Research Staff, Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2017-2018
  • Research Scholar, Institute I: General Materials Properties, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, 2015-2017


  • Excellent Poster Award, IUMRS-ICAM (2013)
  • International Symposium on Superalloys Scholarship, Superalloys (2012)
  • CITIC-CBMM Nb-bearing Steel Graduate Scholarship (2012)

Research Area: superalloys, microstructure characterization, deformation mechanism, oxidation behavior

Outside of Research: Football, cooking and hiking

Email: feixue@umich.edu

Anshul Kamboj (Grad)

Undergraduate education: B.Tech in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, India.

Research area: 

  • Irradiation behavior of reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steels
  • Irradiation behavior of multi-principal element alloys (MPEAs).

Student groups: President of the University of Michigan Indian Student Association

Outside research: Badminton, biking 

Email: kamboj@umich.edu

Tian Liu (PD)

Home Town: Jiangxi, China

Undergraduate Education:

  • B.E., Powder Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University (China) 2008-2012
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL) 2012-2014
  • Ph.D., Materials Metallurgical Engineering, University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) 2015-2018


  • EBSD 2018 Student Poster Competition

Research Area: Microstructure characterization of nuclear materials (Ni-based alloys, steels, Zr alloys), dissimilar joints (aluminum-steel), and Mg alloys

Outside of Research: swimming, running

Email: tiliu@umich.edu


  1. Tian Liu, Elaina R. Reese, Iman Ghamarian, Emmanuelle A. Marquis. “Atom Probe Tomography Characterization of Ion and Neutron Irradiated Alloy 800H.” Journal of Nuclear Materials (2021).
  2. Tian Liu, Mark D. Vaudin, Jeffrey R. Bunn, Tamás Ungár, Luke N. Brewer. “Quantifying Dislocation Density in Al-Cu Coatings Produced by Cold Spray Deposition.” Acta Materialia (2020).
  3. Ce Zheng, Elaina R Reese, Kevin G Field, Tian Liu, et al. “Microstructure Response of Ferritic/martensitic Steel HT9 after Neutron Irradiation: Effect of Temperature.” Journal of Nuclear Materials (2020).
  4. Tian Liu, William A. Story, Luke N. Brewer. “Effect of Heat Treatment on the Al-Cu Feedstock Powders for Cold Spray Deposition.” Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A (2019).
  5. Tian Liu, Jeremy D. Leazer, Luke N. Brewer. “Particle Deformation and Microstructure Evolution during Cold Spray of Individual Al-Cu Alloy Powder Particles.” Acta Materialia (2019).
  6. Tian Liu, Jeremy D. Leazer, et al. “Influence of Alloy Additions on the Microstructure, Texture, and Hardness of Low-Pressure Cold Sprayed Al-Cu Alloys.” Journal of Thermal Spray Technology (2019).
  7. A.R. Cisko, J.B. Jordon, D.Z. Avery, Z.B. McClelland, T. Liu, et al. “Characterization of Fatigue Behavior of Al-Li Alloy 2099.” Materials Characterization (2019).
  8. Abby R. Cisko, James B. Jordon, Dustin Z. Avery, Tian Liu, et al. “Experiments and Modeling of Fatigue Behavior of Friction Stir Welded Aluminum Lithium Alloy.” Metals (2019).
  9. Tian Liu, Jeremy D. Leazer, Sarath K. Menon, Luke N. Brewer. “Microstructure Analysis of Gas Atomized Al-Cu Alloy Feedstock Powders for Cold Spray Deposition.” Surface and Coatings Technology (2018).
  10. O.G. Rivera, P.G. Allison, L.N. Brewer, O.L. Rodriguez, J.B. Jordon, T. Liu, et al. “Influence of Texture and Grain Refinement on the Mechanical Behavior of AA2219 Fabricated by High Shear Solid State Material Deposition.” Materials Science & Engineering A (2018).
  11. Yang Zhou, Philip Nash, Tian Liu, et al. “The Large Scale Synthesis of Aligned Plate Nanostructures.” Scientific Reports 6 (2016).
  12. J. Li, T. Liu, et al. “Interdiffusion Coefficients and Atomic Mobilities in FCC Cu-Fe-Mn Alloys.” Journal of Mining and Metallurgy. Section B: Metallurgy 50, no. 2 (2014).

Conference Activity

  1. Weiling Wen, Tian Liu, Mihaela Banu, et al. “Corrosion Evolution in Al/Steel Dissimilar Joints.” Proceedings of the ASME 2020 15th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC 2020).
  2. Attended 2019 Atom Probe Tomography User Conference in Fitchburg, Wisconsin (June 2019)
  3. Tian Liu, Jeremy D. Leazer, Luke N. Brewer. “Deformation Microstructures in Individual Cold Sprayed Al-Cu Alloy Particles Studied via Precession Electron Diffraction and Transmission Kikuchi Diffraction.” Presented at the Microscopy and Microanalysis 2018.
  4. Tian Liu, Luke N. Brewer. “Applying EBSD, PED, and TKD for Examining Microstructural Deformation in Cold Sprayed Materials.” Poster presented at the EBSD 2018.
  5. Tian Liu, and Luke N. Brewer, et al. “Quantifying Microstructural Deformation in Cold Sprayed Aluminum-Copper Alloy Coatings.” Presented at the TMS 2018.
  6. Tian Liu, and Luke N. Brewer. “Microstructural Development in Binary Aluminum-Copper Alloy Powders during Gas Atomization.” Presented at the TMS 2017.
  7. Student volunteer for the EBSD 2016 at the University of Alabama (May 2016)
  8. Tian Liu, Luke N. Brewer, and J.D. Leazer, et al. “Processing-Microstructure Relationships during Cold Spray Deposition of Aluminum-Copper Alloys.” Presented at the TMS 2016.

Iman Ghamarian (PD)


  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University
    Dissertation: Application of precession electron diffraction technique to quantitatively study defects in nanocrystalline metallic materials
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of North Texas  
    Thesis: An integrated approach to determine phenomenological equations in metallic systems
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology
    Senior project: Role of Barium Sulphate on the sound attenuation of PP/BaSO4 composites

Specialty: Orientation microscopy, Atom probe tomography, Deep learning

Toolkits: ASTAR, LEAP 5000, PyTorch

Research area

My research activities have focused on understanding and engineering the forward and backward relationships between processing, microstructures, and mechanical properties in high-performance structural alloys. To explore these relationships, I integrate advanced characterization techniques with data analytics approaches and physical metallurgy principles.

Kathleen Chou (Grad)

Home Town: Troy, Michigan

Undergraduate Education: B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan (2014)

Prior Positions:  Materials and Process Engineer – Boeing (2014-2016)


  • The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) Henry Dewitt Smith scholarship (2020)
  • Elected co-chair of the 2021 Gordon Research Seminar on Physical Metallurgy (postponed to 2023 due to COVID)
  • Gordon Research Conference on Physical Metallurgy, Best poster prize (2019)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (2016)
  • The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) J. Keith Brimacombe Presidential Scholarship (2014)

Research Area: Oxidation of titanium alloys, Precipitation in Beta titanium alloys

Outside of Research: Running, hiking, and baking

Email: kachou@umich.edu

Emmanuelle Marquis (PI)

Home Town: Paris, Franceemarq

Current Positions (University of Michigan)

  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering department

Other activities: playing music, reading, drawing, going to a movie, Penny Stamps lectures, UMS shows, running, swimming, or camping on the shores of lake Michigan.


  • PhD, Materials Science & Engineering, Northwestern University
  • MS, Materials Science & Engineering, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris, France
  • 1st prize Clarinet Performance, Conservatoire National de Region – Boulogne Billancourt, France

Previous Positions

  • Undergraduate program advisor, Materials Science and Engineering, 2019-2020
  • Director, Michigan Center for Materials Characterization, 2015-2020
  • Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, Department of Materials, University of Oxford, 2008-2010
  • Staff Member, Materials Physics Department, Sandia National Laboratories Livermore
  • Post-Doctoral Appointee, Materials Physics Department, Sandia National Laboratories Livermore


  • Co-Chair, Gordon Conference on Physical Metallurgy (2021, postponed to 2023)
  • Fellow, International Field Emission Society (2020)
  • University of Michigan Faculty Recognition Award (2020)
  • Faculty Award for Outstanding Accomplishment – Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan (2016)
  • CAREER award – National Science Foundation (2014)
  • Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Award for Excellence in Teaching – University of Michigan College of Engineering (2013)
  • K.F.J. Heinrich award – Microanalysis Society (2012)
  • Merit Award – Department of Materials, Oxford University (2009)
  • Millard and Lee Alexander Postdoctoral Fellowship – Christ Church, Oxford (2007)
  • Erwin W. Müller Outstanding Young Scientist Award – International Field Emission Society (2002)