Christopher Adams

Amit Misra

Professor and Department Chair

3062B H.H. Dow

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Adjunct Faculty, Materials Science and Engineering

Guest Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Academic Training:

Ph.D. (1992), Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

M.S.(1983), Materials Science and Engineering (Electronic Materials). Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

B.S. (with honor) (1981), Metallurgical Engineering (Physical Metallurgy),  Michigan Technological UniversityHoughton, MI

Research Interests:

  • The control of microstructure development during fabrication of Functionally Gradient Materials having desirable properties for applications such as diffusion or thermal barrier coatings.
  •  The application and extension of equilibrium Materials Science principles to static high pressures and the dynamic response of materials under shock loading conditions.
Previous Work Experience:
  • 23+ years of experience as a Research Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  • 20+ years experience in thin film coating deposition (e-beam, DC and RF sputtering, ion assisted deposition, and thermal evaporation) and characterization including deposition chamber design/operation, optical coating design and deposition, thermal and diffusion barrier fabrication and characterization.
  • 13+ years of experience designing and performing dynamic materials experiments (gas guns and outdoor firing ranges) relevant to hydrodynamics and shock physics. 

Selected Publications:

Elastic Precursor Decay in S200F Beryllium”, C. D. Adams, W. W. Anderson, W. R. Blumenthal, G. T. Gray,  J. of Physics Conference Series, 2014, Vol. 500(11) p. 112001.

Spall and Damage Behavior of S200F Beryllium”, C. D. Adams, W. W. Anderson, G. T. Gray, W. R. Blumenthal, C. T. Owens, F. J. Freibert, J. M. Montoya, and P. J. Contreras, Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, AIP Conference Proceedings 1195, 1 509 -512, (2009).

 “Optical Response of Shocked Cerium-doped Lutetium Oxyorhosilicate”, Stevens G. D., Lutz S. S., Turley W. D., Adams C. D., Boat R. M., and L. M. Hull, Rev. Sci. Instrum., 75, no. 2, 462 (2004). 

  “Characteristics of Conductive SrRuO3 Thin Films With Different Microstructures ”, Q. X. Jia, F. Chu, C. D. Adams, X. D. Wu, M. Hawley, J. H. Cho, A. T. Findikoglu, S. R. Foltyn, J. L. Smith, and T. E. Mitchell, J. Mater. Res., 11, 2263 (1996). 

Monte Carlo Simulation of Phase Separation During Thin Film Co-deposition”, C. D. Adams, D. J. Srolovitz, and M. Atzmon, J. Appl. Phys., 74, p. 1707 (1993).

Phase Separation During Co-deposition of Al-Ge Thin Films”, C. D. Adams, M. Atzmon, Y.-T. Cheng, and D. J. Srolovitz, J. Mater. Res. 7, 653 (1992). 

Transition From Lateral to Transverse Phase Separation During Film Co-deposition”, C. D. Adams, M. Atzmon, Y.-T. Cheng, and D. J. Srolovitz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 59, 2537 (1991).