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Morris Fine

Walter P. Murphy Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering in Service

Technological Institute Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering in Service

Member of the Graduate Faculty


2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 2036
Evanston, IL 60208

Email Morris Fine


Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

We are working on the design and development of precipitation strengthened alloys, particularly those with nanoscale precipitates. High-strength steels that are precipitation-hardened with Cu and other coherent precipitates are being developed. Such steels do not require carbon for their strength and are much easier to weld than quenched and tempered high-strength steels. NUCu steel, a 70 ksi-yield strength steel developed at Northwestern, has been used to rehab a bridge in Illinois and has been specified for a new bridge in the state.

We are currently researching still stronger steels by introducing additional precipitates and modifying the composition of the nanoscale copper precipitates. Improved high-temperature aluminum based creep resistant alloys are being designed that depend on nanoscale precipitates that are more stable at high temperatures than in present alloys. This research is being done in a collaboration with other faculty members.

Significant Recognition

  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 1963; ASM, 1970; TMS, 1975; ACerS, 1976; and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 1978
  • Mathewson Gold Medal of the Metallurgical Society of AIME for outstanding publications in Metallurgical Transactions on fatigue of metals, 1981
  • AIME James Douglas Gold Medal for research on nonferrous metals, 1982
  • ASM Gold Medal, 1986
  • Honorary member, Japan Institute of Metals, 1992
  • Educator Award, TMS, 1993
  • Honorary member, AIME, 1995
  • R. F. Mehl Award, Institute of Metals, 1996; annual lecture designee

Significant Professional Service

  • Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (emeritus)
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
  • ASM Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lecturer, 1979

Selected Publications

  • Keer, Leon M.; Fine, Morris E.; Yao, Yao; He, Xu, “A continuum damage mechanics-based unified creep and plasticity model for solder materials”, Acta Materialia, (2015)
  • Keer, Leon M.; Fine, Morris E.; Yao, Yao; Wang, Yuexing, “An analytical method to predict electromigration-induced finger-shaped void growth in SnAgCu solder interconnect”, Scripta Materialia, (2015)
  • Vaynman, S.; Fine, M.E.; et al.; Chung, Y.-W.; Anderoglu, O., “Concepts for the Development of Nanoscale Stable Precipitation-Strengthened Steels Manufactured by Conventional Methods”, JOM, (2014)
  • ZW Zhang;CT Liu;S Guo;JL Cheng;G Chen;T Fujita;MW Chen;YW Chung;S Vaynman;ME Fine;BA Chin, “Boron effects on the ductility of a nano-cluster-strengthened ferritic steel”, Materials Science and Engineering a-Structural Materials Properties Microstructure and Processing, (2011)
  • Fine, M.E.; Ghosh, G.; Liaw, P.K.; Liu, C.T.; Asta, M.D., “Computational Design and Prototype Evaluation of Aluminide-Strengthened Ferritic Superalloys for Power-Generating Turbine Applications up to 1,033 K”, , (2010)
  • Fine, M.E.; Ghosh, G.; Huang, S.; Li, X.; Ilavsky, J., “Investigation of the Nanoscale Nial Precipitates in the Ferritic Superalloy by USAXS”, , (2010)
  • WJ Lee;WJ Chia;JL Wang;YF Chen;S Vaynman;ME Fine;YW Chung, “Role of Surfaces and Interfaces in Controlling the Mechanical Properties of Metallic Alloys”, Langmuir, (2010)
  • ME Fine;S Vaynman;D Isheim;YW Chung;SP Bhat;CH Hahin, “A New Paradigm for Designing High-Fracture-Energy Steels”, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions a-Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science, (2010)