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Dr. John Balk Materials Engineering

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John Balk, PhD, PE
Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Kentucky
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
177 F. Paul Anderson Tower
Lexington, KY 40506-0046

Tel:  (859) 257-4582
Fax:  (859) 323-1929

Our group works on a variety of research projects addressing the processing, structure and properties of nanostructured metals and alloys. Current focus areas include:
• structure, deformation mechanisms and mechanical behavior of nanoporous noble metals
in situ transmission electron microscopy
• thin film plasticity
• anelasticity in nanocrystalline metals
• noble metal coatings for dispenser cathodes
• microstructure and mechanical behavior of cryo-machined alloys
• integrating iron and steel metallurgy into MSE curriculum at UK

Brief Biography

News Headlines

Fall 2011: Julius Schoop joined our research group

Spring 2011: John appointed as Director of Undergraduate Studies (MSE) and EM Center Director

April 2010: John received the good news that he was granted tenure

Spring 2009: John received teaching awards at the college, departmental and university levels:
Outstanding Materials Engineering Teacher Award at UK (MSE Program)
Henry Mason Lutes Award for Undergraduate Engineering Education (College of Engineering)
Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching at UK