For the materials of tomorrow to become the reality of today, the fundamentals of defect interactions, which dictate how they behave and react to extreme environments, must be better understood. In the Kacher Lab, we focus on understanding material behavior in environments ranging from the high temperatures, irradiation, and corrosive media experienced in nuclear reactors to the damage accumulation experienced by a part after decades of use. A primary approach of our lab is to use in situ electron microscopy to isolate and characterize the defect behavior at critical points in a material’s life.
For teaching resources: Click on the ‘Tools for Teaching‘ tab for examples of classic dislocation interactions
Looking to get into research? Contact Prof Kacher for current opportunities available.