Valery Levitas honored at international conference

Valery Levitas, a Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor of aerospace engineering was honored at a symposium at the 23rd International Conference on Plasticity, Damage & Fracture on January 3-9 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The symposium, “Structural Changes in Materials,” was organized by aerospace engineering faculty Dr. Liming Xiong and his colleagues. The International Conference on Plasticity, … Continue reading Valery Levitas honored at international conference

Two professors and Phd student predict new phase transformation in physics journal

Valery Levitas, Schafer Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and of mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering PhD student Hao Chen, and Assistant Professor Liming Xiong published their work in Physical Review Letters, a highly ranked physics journal. In the paper, the researchers predicted and studied a new type of first-order phase transformations. Levitas, Xiong, and … Continue reading Two professors and Phd student predict new phase transformation in physics journal

Levitas Receives ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research

Dr. Valery Levitas, Iowa State’s Schafer Professor of aerospace engineering and of mechanical engineering, has been named the 2016 recipient of the ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research. This award recognizes faculty members for outstanding career achievements in research, outstanding national and international recognition in the academic community, and a substantial positive impact of … Continue reading Levitas Receives ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research

Iowa State professor and Ph.D. student explore new phase transformation mechanism

Researchers focused on the effect of elastic energy on nucleation. Valery Levitas, Schafer Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and of mechanical engineering, continues to work on the solid-solid phase transformation via intermediate melt (IM) research he developed a decade ago. His original work (Levitas et al. Phys. Review Letters, 2004, 92, 235702) has … Continue reading Iowa State professor and Ph.D. student explore new phase transformation mechanism

Aerospace engineering professor improves energetic performance of aluminum micron-scale particles

Valery Levitas demonstrates value of a new melt-dispersion mechanism Aluminum-fueled composites are known to have high-energy densities, especially in comparison to other fuel. That’s why researchers are interested in the reaction of aluminum particles with various oxidizers. Valery Levitas, Schafer Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering, says the main direction being … Continue reading Aerospace engineering professor improves energetic performance of aluminum micron-scale particles

Levitas uses basic statics principles to solve long-standing problem in interface science formulated by Gibbs

Valery Levitas, Schafer Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering, found a strict and simple solution to the classical problem in the interface and surface science formulated by J. W. Gibbs in the 19th century. Namely, he uncovered a way to define the position of a dividing surface. The Gibbsian view of … Continue reading Levitas uses basic statics principles to solve long-standing problem in interface science formulated by Gibbs

Levitas gives invited talk at Materials in Extreme Environments Army Science Planning and Strategy Meeting

Valery Levitas, Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering, gave an invited talk at the Materials in Extreme Environments Army Science Planning and Strategy Meeting in Towson, MD, Dec. 10-11. The main goal of this meeting was to discuss promising future directions in the fundamental study of materials under … Continue reading Levitas gives invited talk at Materials in Extreme Environments Army Science Planning and Strategy Meeting

Iowa State professor, post-doctoral associate explore potential of discovering new phases under high pressure and shear

Valery Levitas—Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering—and his post-doctoral associate Mahdi Javanbakht, have published the paper “Phase transformations in nanograin materials under high pressure and plastic shear: nanoscale mechanisms,” in the high-impact journal Nanoscale. There are two main challenges in the discovery of new high-pressure phases and the transformation … Continue reading Iowa State professor, post-doctoral associate explore potential of discovering new phases under high pressure and shear

Iowa State professor and PhD student explore potential of using silicon in lithium-ion batteries

Offering such benefits as extended usage and increased portability, lithium-ion batteries have become a key component in consumer electronics and other important devices. Two researchers at Iowa State are looking at ways to improve the technology within the batteries by providing more insight into how silicon could be integrated as an electrode material. Valery Levitas, … Continue reading Iowa State professor and PhD student explore potential of using silicon in lithium-ion batteries

Levitas receives second Humboldt Fellowship

Valery Levitas, Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor and faculty member in both aerospace and mechanical engineering, has received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship for alumni in recognition of his research the field of mechanics of materials. Levitas received a Humbodlt-Research Fellowship in 1993 that allowed him to conduct research for two years in Germany. After … Continue reading Levitas receives second Humboldt Fellowship

Levitas and students published in foremost physics journal

An Iowa State professor and his PhD student are gaining global recognition for their work on surface-induced phase transformations. Valery Levitas, Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and of mechanical engineering, along with PhD student Mahdi Javanbakht were published in Physical Review Letters (PRL, 2011, Vol. 107, 175701), the world’s foremost … Continue reading Levitas and students published in foremost physics journal

Levitas receives honorary title

Valery Levitas, Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor and faculty member in both aerospace and mechanical engineering, has received a title of Honorary Doctor in Materials from the Institute for Superhard Materials of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, Kiev, Ukraine. This title was newly established to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Institute for Superhard Materials. … Continue reading Levitas receives honorary title