Ralph E. Napolitano

Ames Laboratory Associate and Associate Professor, Iowa State University
Address
3273 Gilman Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Phone 515-294-9101
Fax 515-294-4291
Email ralphn@iastate.edu

Research Interests

  • Fundamentals of physical metallurgy:
    • DOT solidification
    • Solid-liquid interfacial phenomena
  • Theoretical, computational, and experimental investigations of interfacial behavior:
    • Properties of crystal-melt interfaces
    • Morphological stability and dynamics of structural transitions
    • Dynamic control of solidification microstructures

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(Chronologically most recent on top)Education

  • Ph.D. Metallurgy, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1996
  • M.S. Metallurgical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1994
  • B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, University of Florida, 1989

(Chronologically most recent on top)Professional Appointments

  • 2005 - present Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University
  • 2000 - 2005 Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University
  • 1998 - present Associate Scientist, The Ames Laboratory
  • 1996 - 1998 NRC Post Doctoral Research Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • 1989 - 1992 Research Engineer, Babcock and Wilcox Research and Development Division

(Chronologically most recent on top)Honors & Awards

  • 2006 Outstanding Young Faculty Research Award, Iowa State College of Engineering Award
  • 2004 Excellence in Research Award, Iowa State Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • 2000 Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 1996 NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Research Council
  • 1996 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award, Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society, Georgia Tech Chapter
  • 1995 Student Leadership Scholarship for International Study, Georgia Tech Alumni Association
  • 1995 SAIC Paper Competition Winner, Science Applications International Corporation
  • 1995 ASM Leadership Award, ASM International, Atlanta Chapter
  • 1994 NSF Traineeship for Composites Research, National Science Foundation
  • 1994 TMS Symposium on Superalloys Scholarship, The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society
  • 1993 Inducted into the Alpha Sigma Mu Honorary MSE Fraternity, The Georgia Tech Chapter of Alpha Sigma Mu
  • 1989 Grodsky Outstanding Senior Scholarship, University of Florida, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

(Chronologically most recent on top)Publications with the Ames Laboratory

2009
Asta M; Beckermann C; Karma A; Kurz W; Napolitano R; Plapp M; Purdy G; Rappaz M; Trivedi R . 2009. Solidification microstructures and solid-state parallels: Recent developments, future directions. Acta Materialia. 57:941-971. abstract
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2008
Zhou S H; Napolitano R E . 2008. Energetics of nonequilibrium solidification in Al-Sm. Physical Review B. 78:184111. abstract
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Zhou S H; Napolitano R E . 2008. Identification of the B33 martensite phase in Cu-Zr using first-principles and X-ray diffraction. Scripta Materialia. 59:1143-1146. abstract
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Zhou S H; Napolitano R E . 2008. Modeling of thermodynamic properties and phase equilibria for the Al-Sm binary system. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A-Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science. 39A:502-512. abstract
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2007
Kramer M J; Mecco H; Dennis K W; Vargonova E; McCallum R W; Napolitano R E . 2007. Rapid solidification and metallic glass formation - Experimental and theoretical limits. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids. 353:3633-3639. abstract
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Zhou S H; Napolitano R E . 2007. The stability of Al11SM3 (Al4SM) phases in the Al-Sm binary system. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions a-Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science. 38A:1145-1151. abstract
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Kalay Y E; Chumbley L S; Anderson I E; Napolitano R E . 2007. Characterization of hypereutectic Al-Si powders solidified under far-from equilibrium conditions. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions a-Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science. 38A:1452-1457. abstract
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Zhou S H; Wang Y; Shi F G; Sommer F; Chen L Q; Liu Z K; Napolitano R E . 2007. Modeling of thermodynamic properties and phase equilibria for the Cu-Mg binary system. Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion. 28:158-166. abstract
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Meco H; Napolitano R E; Chandra T; Tsuzaki K; Militzer M; Ravindran C . 2007. Non-equilibrium solute partitioning and microstructure formation in rapidly solidified Al-Sm alloys. THERMEC 2006, Pts 1-5. 539-543:2810-2815. abstract
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