Faculty Directory
Christopher Schuh


John G. Searle Professor of Materials Science and Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech L262
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-5220Email Christopher Schuh


Schuh Group


Materials Science and Engineering


Schuh Group


BS, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University

Research Interests

Schuh's research is focused on structural materials including metals and ceramics, in which he seeks to control disorder in material microstructures for the purpose of optimizing mechanical properties. His research group uses experiments, analytical theory, and computer simulations to explore the processing-structure-property relationships in structural metals and materials. His more than 250 research articles have been published in academic journals such as Physical Review Letters, Science, and Acta Materialia, where he also serves as coordinating editor.

A seasoned entrepreneur, Schuh has cofounded a number of metallurgical companies. His first MIT spin-out company, Xtalic Corporation, commercialized a process from Schuh’s laboratory to control the internal structure in metal electroplated coatings down to the nanometer scale, producing exceptional mechanical and functional properties. These nanocrystalline coatings provide wear and corrosion resistance to metal surfaces and are widely used in enterprise and personal electronic devices. Schuh also cofounded Desktop Metal, an additive manufacturing company producing 3D metal printers that address a range of markets with an emphasis on production scale.

Significant Recognition

  • Fellow of ASM International
  • Fellow of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society
  • Member of the National Academy of Inventors
  • Member of the National Academy of Engineering