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Gregory B. Olson

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering


2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 2036
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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The Steel Research Group


Materials Science and Engineering


Sc.D. MIT, Cambridge, MA

M.S. MIT, Cambridge, MA

B.S. MIT, Cambridge, MA

Research Interests

We are integrating fundamental principles of processing/structure/property/performance relations within a systems engineering framework. Science-based design produces dynamic, multilevel, structured systems for new materials. Mechanistic models for both displacive martensitic and diffusional precipitation reactions are provided from theoretical and experimental study of first-order phase transformations in model alloy systems. We apply kinetics-based constitutive relations for martensitically transforming materials to numerical modeling of shape memory behaviors and transformation toughening mechanisms in ductile solids. These incorporate interactions with microvoid nucleation processes and plastic flow localization.

Our interdisciplinary collaborations include quantum-mechanical investigations of the chemical basis of intergranular fracture resistance. We integrate principles into materials system designs through computational thermodynamics and numerical kinetic modeling. Prototype high-performance alloy steels have demonstrated record property combinations, and the design methodology is now being extended to intermetallic composites, ceramics, and polymers, including biomimetic design concepts.

Significant Recognition

  • Received the Tibbetts Award (2016)
  • Foreign Associate, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science (2013)
  • TMS Morris Cohen Award (2013)
  • Member, AAAS (2012)
  • Fellow, TMS-AIME (2001)
  • Fellow, ASM (1990)
  • MS-SMD Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award
  • Technology of the Year Award, Industry Week (1998)
  • NASA Technology Recognition Award (1994)
  • M. R. Tenenbaum Award of ISS-AIME (1993)
  • J. Wallenberg Foundation Award, Sweden (1993)
  • Featured (as Director of the multi-institutional Steel Research Group) on a PBS-TV Infinite Voyage special (1991)
  • Army Materials Special Service Award (1988)
  • NSF Research Creativity Award (1983)

Significant Professional Service

  • Co-founder, Chief Scientific Officer and Board Member, QuesTek Innovations, LLC
  • Technical Advisory Board, Constellium Corp.
  • Member, ArcelorMittal Scientific Partners Network
  • Materials Advisory Board, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) - Sweden
  • MSE Advisory Board, KAIST-Korea
  • MSE Advisory Board, Michigan Technological University
  • Board of Governors, Acta Materialia
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering (2010)
  • Advisory Board, Journal of Computer-Assisted Materials Design
  • 20th annual A. Frank Golick Lecturer, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2009
  • Cambridge University Kelly Lectureship, 2008
  • ASM Campbell Memorial Lectureship, 2008
  • ASM Alpha Sigma Mu Lecturer, 1996
  • SERC Visiting Professor, Cambridge University, 1992

Selected Publications

  • Jiadong Gong, David Snyder, Thomas Kozmel, Chris Kern, James E. Saal, Ida Berglund, Jason Sebastian, Gregory Olson, “ICME Design of a Castable, Creep-Resistant, Single-Crystal Turbine Alloy”, JOM, (2017)
  • Jing Zhou, Joakim Odqvist, Andrei Ruban, Mattias Thuvander, Wei Xiong, John gren, Gregory B. Olson, Peter Hedstr, “Effect of solution treatment on spinodal decomposition during aging of an Fe-46.5 at.% Cr alloy”, Journal of Materials Science, (2017)
  • John A. Moore, Dana Frankel, Rajesh Prasannavenkatesan, August G. Domel, Gregory B. Olson, Wing Kam Liu, “A crystal plasticity-based study of the relationship between microstructure and ultra-high-cycle fatigue life in nickel titanium alloys”, International Journal of Fatigue, (2016)
  • Wei Xiong, Gregory B Olson, “Cybermaterials”, npj Computational Materials, (2016)
  • Jiadong Gong, Hallee Z. Deutchman, Alonso Peralta, Dave Snyder, Michael P. Enright, John McFarland, James Neumann, Jason Sebastian, Greg Olson, “Integrated thermal process optimization of alloy 718PLUS for additive manufacturing”, SUPERALLOYS 2016 - Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Superalloys, (2016)
  • Jia Yi Yan, G. B. Olson, “Molar volumes of bcc, hcp, and orthorhombic Ti-base solid solutions at room temperature”, Calphad: Computer Coupling of Phase Diagrams and Thermochemistry, (2016)
  • Jia Yi Yan, G. B. Olson, “Computational thermodynamics and kinetics of displacive transformations in titanium-based alloys”, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, (2016)
  • D. Frankel, T. Jiang, G. B. Olson, “Design of a Fatigue Resistant Ni-free PdTi-base SMA”, Materials Today: Proceedings, (2015)