Solute Effects on the Oxidation of Ni Alloys

Current and past team members



This CAREER award supports an integrated educational and research plan focusing on student outreach, motivation, and creative thinking with goals of excellence in research and teaching in the field of physical metallurgy, environmental degradation of materials, and state-of-the-art microscopy. In the area of structural materials particularly for power generation applications, critical research is needed not merely on the intrinsic properties of structural materials, e.g. strength, toughness, or creep, but more significantly on the extrinsic response to external environments.

The effects of specific alloying elements on the oxidation response of model Ni-Al alloys will be investigated through direct imaging techniques allowing structures and chemistry to be visualized with near atomic resolution. In combination with theoretical modeling, this approach will provide quantitative information needed to answer long-standing open questions in the field of metal oxidation.

Environmental degradation is ubiquitous; therefore investigation methods, concepts, and training are translatable to a much larger range of materials science or materials engineering issues, from bio-implants to energy production, energy conversion, and light alloys for transportation. Through collaborations with the New York Metropolitan Museum and the French Laboratoire des Monuments Historiques, the proposed teaching and additional research experiences will broaden the scientific scope of the project, by impacting other materials areas where oxidation and corrosion issues are significant. The program will foster the recruitment of under-represented minorities and women in particular into research activities. The exciting collaborative research, teaching and outreach activities at all levels of the educational spectrum and the development of open web-based teaching and research tools will provide students, professionals, and colleagues with unique opportunities to excel in their own research endeavors within a diverse setting while inspiring a sustained outreach mindset. 



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  1. Interfacial solute segregation in the thermally grown oxide of thermal barrier coating structures, Y Chen, RC Reed, EA Marquis, Oxidation of Metals (2014) 82(5-6) 457-467 link
  2. Exposing the sub-surface of historical daguerreotypes and the effects of sulfur-induced corrosion, EA Marquis, Y Chen, J Kohanek, Y Dong, S Centeno, Corrosion Science (2015) 94 438-444 link
  3. STEM and APT Characterization of Scale Formation on a La,Hf,Ti-doped NiCrAl Model Alloy, KA Unocic, Y Chen, D Shin, EA Marquis, BA Pint, Micron (2018) 109 41-52 link
  4. The effect of Ti on the early stages of oxidation of an alumina-forming NiCrAl alloy, T Barth, EA Marquis, Oxidation of Metals. (2019) online  link


  1. (Invited) The minority rule: radiation and corrosion behavior of nuclear materials, The Ohio State University, November 2014
  2. (invited) Quantifying Behavior and Role of Solute Elements During Alloy Corrosion by Atomic Scale Imaging, Gordon Research Conference on aqueous corrosion, Colby Sawyer College, NH, July 2014
  3. (Invited) High resolution characterization of oxide scales, Workshop on high temperature oxidation, UC – Santa Barbara, January 2016
  4. (Invited) Atom Probe Tomography: imaging and quantifying chemistry at the atomic scale. Midwest Microscopy workshop, Notre-Dame, May 2017
  5. Talia presented a poster (The effect of Ti on the high temperature oxidation of NiAlCr alloys) at the Gordon conference on high temperature corrosion, Colby Sawyer College, July 2017
  6. Talia wins 2nd prize in Structural Materials research Category at the UoM Engineering Graduate Symposium, November 2017
  7. (Invited) Insights into the oxidation mechanisms of Ni and Ti alloys, UCSB Winter workshop, UC – Santa Barbara, January 2018
  8. (Invited) Insights in the oxidation mechanisms of Ni and Ti alloys, TMS, San Antonio, March 2019
  9. (Invited) Solute effects on the oxidation mechanisms of Ni and Ti alloys, Spring MRS, Phoenix, April 2019

(NSF CAREER award #1352157)