Faculty: Ian Baker

Professor Ian | Telephone: (603) 646-2184 | Fax: (603) 646-3856

Baker obtained both his B.A. and D. Phil. in metallurgy and science of materials from Oxford University. He joined the Thayer School faculty in 1982 and has served as both Chair of the Engineering Sciences Department and Director of the M.S. and Ph.D. programs, and currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He is a Fellow of The Metals, Minerals and Materials Society of A.I.M.E., the Materials Research Society, ASM International, and the Institute of Metals, Materials and Mining (U.K.). Baker is a Chartered Engineer (U.K.), and is listed in the ISI citation index of highly-cited Materials Scientists. Recently, he became the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Materials Characterization.

Baker's research focuses on both metals and ice. His most recent initiative involves the development of iron nanoparticles for cancer treatment, either for localized magnetic hyperthermia or as a thermal trigger for drugs delivered in vesicles. Additional ongoing projects in metals research include developing a new series of high-strength magnetic materials. Magnets that work and stay strong at high temperatures have many applications such as for power-generation systems.

Current Post-Doctoral Fellows

Name Project Title
Yuan Li Structural Evolution of Firn to Current Post Doctoral Fellows
Fanling Meng Structure/Property Relationships in Two-Phase f.c.c./B2 FeNiMnAl Alloys

Current Students

Name Degree Project Title
Margaret Wu M.S. Precipitation in FeNiMnAlCr High Entropy Alloys
Andrew Peterson Ph.D.  Creep of AFS Steels
Chao Yang Ph.D.  Directional Recrystallization Processing
Rachel Osmundsen Ph.D.  Mechanical Properties of FeNIMnAlCr HEA
Michael Bram Kuijer Ph.D.  Microstructural Analysis of Incrementally-formed Metals

Former Post-Doctoral Fellows

Name Dates Project Title Initial Employment
Fanling Meng Dec. 2013 - Jun. 2015   Hong Kong City University
Katsiaryna Kekalo Jan. 2011 - Jul. 2016 Development of Magnetic Nanoparticles for Cancer Hyperthermia Freeze Dry Inc.

Dr. Patrick Bisson

Aug. 2013 - Aug. 2014 Strain Induced Fabric Development in Ice Under Hydrostatic Pressure Tufts University
Dr. Daniel Breton May 2011 - Oct. 2013 Strain Induced Fabric Development in Ice Under Hydrostatic Pressure US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
Dr. Rumana Yaqub Jan. 2012 - Jan. 2013 Nanocrystalline τ-MnAl Permanent Magnets  
Dr. Anurag Chaturvedi Jan. 2012 - Jan. 2013 Nanocrystalline τ-MnAl Permanent Magnets University of South Florida
Dr. Guandong Zhang Feb. 2008 - Sept. 2008 Nanoparticle Development for Magnetic Hyperthermia University of Louisville
Dr. Qi Zeng Nov. 2003 - Jan. 2007 Studies of Novel Nanocrystalline Magnetic Alloys Carpenter Technology
Dr. Markus Wittmann Sept. 2003 - Jan. 2006 Investigations of Two-Phase Magnetic Intermetallics Hypertherm, Inc.
Dr. Daniel Iliescu Jan. 2000 - Sept. 2005 Structure and Properties of Lake and River Ice Seldon Technologies
Dr. Adebayo Y. Badmos Jan. 1999 - Dec. 2002 Computer Simulation of Directional Recrystallization Black Hawk College
Dr. Huan Li Dec. 1998 - April 1999 Mechanical Behavior of Intermetallics  
Dr. Xavier Pierron Feb. 1995 - May 1997 Fracture of FeAl General Electric
Dr. Fuping Liu Aug. 1993 - Nov. 1994 Synchrotron X-ray Topographic Studies of Dislocation/Grain Boundary Interactions in Ice Cloyes Gear & Products, Inc.
Dr. Paul R. Munroe Oct. 1987 - Sept. 1990 Transmission Electron Microscopy in B2 Compounds University of New South Wales, Australia
Dr. Löic Nazé Nov. 1987 - July 1989 Transmission Electron Microscopy of Dislocations in Ice IBM, France

Former Graduate Students

Name Degree Year Thesis Title Initial Employment
Fioleda Prifiti Ph.D. 2018 Compositions and Properties of Adhesive, Self-Setting Tetracalcium Phosphate and Phosphoserine Organo-Cermaic Cements for Musculoskeletal Applications ##  
Kevin Hammonds Ph.D. 2018 Creep of Polycrystalline Doped Ice Montana State University
Bin Hu Ph.D. 2018 Understanding Precipitation and the Mechanical Properties of Novel Laves Phase-Strengthened Austenitic Steels for Energy Applications Huawei Technology, PRC
Yuan Lu Ph.D. 2018 Wear of FeNiMnAl Spinodal Alloys Square
Geneva Trotter Ph.D. 2018 Novel High-Temperature Alloys for Energy Conversion Applications Applied Predictive Technology
Xuan Wang Ph.D. 2018 Metamorphism of Dry Snow Western Digital
Zhangwei Wang Ph.D. 2018 Alloying and Heat Treatment of FeNiMnAl alloys Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung
Anand Pratik Ph.D. 2018 Fe2AlV for Energy Harvesting Applications Ford Motor Company
Natalie Afonina M.S. 2018 Creep of Laves Phase-Strengthened Austenitic Steels Tesla
Kaitlin Keegan Ph.D. 2014 Characterization of the NEEM Firn Core University of Copenhagen
Xiaolan Wu Ph.D. 2013 Structure and properties of FeNiMnAl Spinodal Alloys Beijing University of Technology
Si Chen Ph.D. 2011 Dry Snow Metamorphism Argonne National Laboratory
Shiraz Cassim M.S. 2011 Surface Engineering Iron/Iron Oxide for Magnetic Hyperthermia Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Michael Gwaze* M.S. 2011 Wear of Nanocrystalline Metals and Alloys Piramal Critical Care
Garrett Rayner M.S. 2011 Novel High Temperature Austenitic Alloys for Energy Conversion Applications Tesla Motors
Yifeng Liao Ph.D. 2010 The Yield Anomaly and the Role of APBs in L21-structured Fe2AlX Compounds and Related Alloys Northwestern University
Ye Sun* M.S. 2010 A Microstructural Study of the Wear Mechanisms in Nanocrystalline Aluminum-Silicon Alloys  
Rachel Lomonaco M.S. 2009 Studies of Ice and Firn Cores Heindel & Noyes
James Hanna Ph.D. 2009 Shear Consolidation of Powders University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Katherine Sieg M.S. 2008 Examination of the Fine-grained Region of the Siple Dome Ice Core Intel
Johnathan Loudis M.S. 2007 Microstructural Evolution and Dislocation Behavior in Coherent B2/BCC Alloys: Fe44Ni28Al28 and Fe30Ni20Mn25Al25 Stanford University
Hui Chang Ph.D. 2006 Directional Recrystallization of Nickel  
Rachel Obbard Ph.D. 2006 Microstructural Determinants in Glacial Ice Dartmouth
Scott Lish M.S. 2005 Investigations of the FeCoMnAl Alloy System NuVasive, Inc.
Min Song+ Ph.D. 2005 Effects of Particles on Anelasticity, Creep and Microstructural Evolution of Granular Ice Central South University, PRC
James Hanna M.S. 2004 Investigations of Fe30Ni20Mn25Al25: A New High-Strength Spinodal Alloy University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Jiying Li Ph.D. 2003 Directional Recrystallization of Copper and Nickel Ames Laboratory
Beatrice Iliescu M.S. 2003 Characterization of Directionally Recrystallized Cold-Rolled Nickel and MA 754 Superalloy Seldon Technologies
Dongmei Wu Ph.D. 2003 The Mechanical Properties and Strain-Induced Ferromagnetism in B2-Structured Fe-Al Single Crystals Ames Laboratory
Daniel Cullen Ph.D. 2002 The Microstructural Location of Impurities in Ice Cores Dartmouth
Xiang Li M.S. 2002 The Effect of Sulfuric Acid on the Mechanical Properties of Ice Single Crystals  
Markus Wittmann Ph.D. 2002 The Yield Strength Anomaly in B2 Compounds Hypertherm, Inc.
Cheng Chen^ M.S. 2001 On the Properties of Moving Dislocations in ZnS Semiconductor IceCode
Guofeng Bai^ M.S. 2000 Study of Dislocations in II-VI Compounds using Scanning Probe Microscopy  
Yong Yang Ph.D. 1999 Mechanical and Magnetic Properties of Single Crystals of FeAl Hypertherm, Inc.
Ying Li Trickett M.S. 1999 The Mechanical Properties of Ice Single Crystals  
Xiaohong Hu Ph.D. 1998 X-ray Topography of Freshwater Ice  
Jian Yu M.S. 1997 Directional Recrystallization of Tungsten Heavy Alloys  
Yuhong Wu M.S. 1997 Simple Shear Processing of Materials MIT (Ph.D.)
M. George* M.S. 1996 Wear of Ductile-Phase Toughened NiAl  
X. Li M.S. 1996 Effect of Boron and Strain Rate on the Mechanical Properties of FeAl  
D. Mandal M.S. 1995 Recrystallization of Polycrystalline and Dispersion-Hardened Monocrystalline Copper  
K. Jia M.S. 1995 X-ray Topography of Dislocation/Grain Boundary Interactions in Ice  
B. Johnson* M.S. 1995 Wear of NiAl  
H. Xiao M.S. 1994 Defect Structure and Properties of Some B2-Structured Compounds  
L. Liu M.S. 1994 Recrystallization of Copper and Nickel  
O. Klein M.S. 1993 Effects of Temperature and Strain Rate on the Mechanical Behavior of FeAl  
F. Liu Ph.D. 1993 X-ray Topography of Polycrystalline Ice  
L. Zhao M.S. 1993 Mechanical Properties and Microstructures of FeCo Alloys  
S. Guha Ph.D. 1992 Improving the Low Temperature Ductility of NiAl-based Alloys Materials and Electrochemical Research Corporation
P. Nagpal Ph.D. 1992 The Structure and Properties of Grain Boundaries in NiAl  
M. Kryska M.S. 1991 The Effect of Low Temperature on the Flexural Fatigue and Fracture of Carbon Fiber/Epoxy Composites Deceased
N. Khasgiwale M.S. 1990 The Effect of Extraneous Factors on Gold Aluminum Bonds on Semiconductor Chips  
F.S. Ichishita M.E. 1990 Investigation of the Effects of Al-Cu and Al-Cu-Si Thin Film Composition and Microstructure on the Reactive Ion Etching Results IBM
S. Kadiyala M.E. 1989 Growth of Au-Al Intermetallic Phases in Gold Wires Bonded to Aluminum Metallizations Containing Cu and Si  
L. Maiocco M.S. 1988 Intermetallic Growth in Wire Bonds to Aluminum Metallization Layers  
D. Smyers M.S. 1988 Electrical Resistance and Mechanical Shear Strength of Gold Bonds to Aluminum Films IBM
B. Huang# M.S. 1986 The Effect of Boron on Yield Strength, Recrystallization and Grain Growth in Ni3Al Rutgers University (Ph.D.)

## Primary Advisor - Prof. D.V. Citters
#Co-Advisor - Prof. E.M. Schulson
*Co-Advisor - Prof. F.E. Kennedy
^Co-Advisor - Prof. V.F. Petrenko
+Co-Advisor - Dr. D. Cole of USA CRREL