Paul Chao


B.S., Carnegie Mellon University (Materials Science and Engineering), 2016


Paul utilizes advanced, real-time x-ray characterization techniques to peer into the solidification of metallic alloys. The unique studies rely on advances in data sampling and reconstruction to analyze the wealth of data generated from each in-situ experiment.

The binary eutectic aluminum alloys Paul studies will form a duplex microstructure: a ductile Al matrix and stiff intermetallic phase. The formation of these composite structures from a disordered liquid is a fascinating natural phenomena with engineering applications. The experimental evidence of this dynamic process in three-dimensions, in real-time, and at ever decreasing length scales will shed light on the crystallization kinetics of such eutectic composite materials.


"Watching Two Metal Crystals Grow Together - Scientist Spotlight | Paul Chao"


2022-2023, Beyster Fellow
2021, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science
Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Awarddee
2021, Engineering Research Symposium Awardee

2021, MSE Graduate Student Council (GSC) Secretary
2020, Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO) Department Steward