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Peter W. Voorhees

Frank C. Engelhart Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and (by courtesy) Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics

Contact

2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 2036
Evanston, IL 60208

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Voorhees Research Group


Departments

Materials Science and Engineering


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Education

Ph.D. Materials Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

B.S. Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY


Research Interests

The Voorhees research group is focused on the kinetics of phase transformations using experiment, simulation, and theory.  These phase transformations range from the growth of nanowires from the vapor and graphene, to the solidification of alloys.  We measure the evolution of interfacial morphology during phase transformations using techniques such as time resolved three-dimensional X-ray tomography and automated serial sectioning.  Our recent studies on simulations of phase transformations include work on a method to follow the atomic structure of a material on diffusional time scales and the growth of oxides on metal surfaces.  We also combine the experiments with simulations by using the measured three-dimensional interfacial morphologies as initial conditions in simulations and then comparing the results of the simulations and experiment at some later time.  Through our involvement in Northwestern’s Center for Hierarchical Materials Design, we use these models to design materials with novel properties, such as Si-based insitu composite materials.


Significant Recognition

  • Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2016
  • Fellow, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, 2013
  • J. Willard Gibbs Phase Equilibria Award, ASM International, 2013
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, Material Physics Division, 2005
  • Highly Cited Researcher, Institute for Scientific Information, 2002
  • Fellow, ASM International, 2001
  • Materials Science and Engineering Teacher of the Year, 1999
  • Outstanding Referee, Acta Materialia, 1998
  • ASM International Materials Science Division Research Award (Silver Medal), 1992
  • McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science Award for Teaching Excellence, 1992
  • Acta Metallurgica et Materialia Outstanding Paper Award, 1991
  • Materials Science and Engineering Teacher of the Year, 1989, 1990
  • National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1989

Significant Professional Service

  • Frank C. Engelhart Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, 2000
  • National Science Foundation Creativity Extension, 1999

Selected Publications

  • Yue Sun, Ahmet Cecen, John W. Gibbs, Surya R. Kalidindi, Peter W. Voorhees, “Analytics on large microstructure datasets using two-point spatial correlations”, Acta Materialia, (2017)
  • C. L. Park, J. W. Gibbs, P. W. Voorhees, K. Thornton, “Coarsening of complex microstructures following spinodal decomposition”, Acta Materialia, (2017)
  • Jin Zhang, Stefan O. Poulsen, John W. Gibbs, Peter W. Voorhees, Henning F. Poulsen, “Determining material parameters using phase-field simulations and experiments”, Acta Materialia, (2017)
  • Akinori Yamanaka, Kevin McReynolds, Peter W. Voorhees, “Phase field crystal simulation of grain boundary motion, grain rotation and dislocation reactions in a BCC bicrystal”, Acta Materialia, (2017)
  • T. Cool, P. W. Voorhees, “The evolution of dendrites during coarsening”, Acta Materialia, (2017)
  • Qian Zhang, Peter W. Voorhees, Stephen H. Davis, “Modeling of the growth of GaAs-AlGaAs core-shell nanowires”, Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, (2017)
  • A. M. Jokisaari, P. W. Voorhees, J. E. Guyer, J. Warren, O. G. Heinonen, “Benchmark problems for numerical implementations of phase field models”, Computational Materials Science, (2017)
  • Mahyar M. Moghadam, Ran Li, D. Bruce Buchholz, Qianqian Li, Peter W. Voorhees, Vinayak P. Dravid, “In Situ Crystallization and Morphological Evolution in Multicomponent Indium Oxide Thin Films”, Crystal Growth and Design, (2017)