Jonathan Goettsch receives DOE SCGSR award

A member of the Taub group, Goettsch will spend this summer working at the National Synchrotron Light Source II at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York.
Jonathan Goettsch receives DOE SCGSR award

Ph.D. candidate Jon Goettsch (Taub group)

The Department of Energy recently announced that MSE Ph.D. candidate Jonathan Goettsch has been selected for its Office of Science Graduate Student Research program (SCGSR), an award that provides graduate students from across the country the opportunity to conduct part of their thesis research at a DOE laboratory in collaboration with a DOE scientist.

A member of Professor Alan Taub's group, Goettsch will spend this summer working with Dr. Xianghui Xiao at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, Long Island, N.Y.

“I am beyond honored to receive this award from the DOE," Goettsch said. “I am looking forward to working closely with Dr. Xiao and the other scientists at Brookhaven.” 

Goettsch's research centers around understanding the changes to solidification dynamics of metal alloys when processed with a low power electric current. Goettsch is working closely with Professor Ashwin Shahani's group to visualize this phenomenon in real time.

"From what we have studied to this point it seems that this method can be used to refine the microstructure of these alloys; however, the reason this occurs is not established in the literature thus far," he said.

By revealing the underlying physical mechanism for this phenomenon, Goettsch says he hopes to learn what it will take to bring this method to the industrial scale and provide an environmentally clean process for treating metals during the casting process. 

“With this award, I plan to shed some light on the impact that electric current has on metals during the phase transitions that occur during solidification," he said.

Congratulations, Jon!