4th year student with The Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
Metallurgy often assumes that mixing multiple types of atoms in an alloy results in a random arrangement. This is an over-simplification and ignores many of the more subtle effects that occur due to local variations. My work is focused on developing a technique called total scattering for the analysis of alloys. Using this technique we can build up a description of a material’s structure as if sitting on an atom. By understanding local structure and how it affects properties, we can start to explain observed physical phenomena and, importantly, exploit this knowledge in the design of new alloys.