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James R. Morris

Senior R&D Staff
Alloy Behavior and Design Group
Materials Science & Technology Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
P.O. Box 2008
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6115
Phone: (865) 576-7094
Fax: (865) 576-6298

Associate Professor, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee
323C Dougherty Hall, Knoxville, TN 37996-2200
Phone: (865) 974-2484


  • Ph.D., Physics, Cornell University, August 1992.
  • B.S., Physics (Math minor), Colorado State University, May 1987 (With distinction).

Professional Experience:

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory:
    2003-Present: Senior R&D staff
    • Helped establish funded program in nanoporous carbon structures (co-PI).
    • Helped establish funded program in bulk metallic glasses (co-PI).
    • Co-PI on Alloy Behavior and Design project.
    • Co-PI on Laboratory Directed Research and Development project, “Structure and structure evolution in amorphous materials” (2008-2010).
    • Deputy Director, Department of Energy “Energy Frontier Research Center for Defect Physics.”
    • Wrote successful equipment proposal for $740K to fund a large computational cluster (2012).
  • Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Tennessee - Knoxville:
    2005-Present: Associate Professor      
    • One of two theory hires, initiating theory effort in department.
    • Developed new graduate level course, “Thermodynamics of Materials at Small Length Scales.”
  • Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University:
    • 2003, Scientist
    • 1996-2002, Associate Scientist, Ames Laboratory
    • 1999-2003, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Iowa State University.
    • 1992-1996, Postdoctoral Associate, Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University.
      • Led development of funded multidisciplinary program in liquid metals and alloys (PI).
      • Helped establish funded program in ductile intermetallics (co-PI).
      • Co-PI on Martensitic Phase Transformations project.

Awards, Honors, and Activities:

  • University of Tennesee’s Materials Science & Engineering Award, “Faculty Excellence in Teaching,” 2012.
  • AMS society J. Willard Gibbs Phase Equilibria Award Selection Committee, 2010-2013.
  • TMS society John Bardeen Award Selection Committee, 2009-2012.
  • Reviewer, DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship applications, 2010.
  • TMS society Electronic, Magnetic & Photonic Materials Division’s Public and Governmental Affairs Committee representative (2008-2011).
  • Scientific Review Panel, Dept. of Energy Basic Research for the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative, March 2007.
  • Chair, Chemistry and Physics of Materials Committee, TMS Society (2005-2008).
  • Guest editor, Acta Materialia 54, No. 13 (2006), selected papers from “Micromechanics and Microstructure Evolution: Modeling, Simulation and Experiments,” Madrid, Spain, Sept. 2005.
  • Visiting associate professor, CNRS, Ecole des Mines, Nancy Cedex, France (June 2005).
  • Associate editor, Philosophical Magazine 86, No. 24 (2006) issue on Frontiers in Solidification Science.
  • Scientific Review Panel, DOE INCITE award for large-scale computation (2005).
  • Technical Paper Program Committee, Supercomputing 2005 (Seattle, Washington, 2005).
  • Member, Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion Editorial Committee (2004-2011).
  • Co-advisor, JOM 2006 topic “Neutron Scattering Applied to Traditional Materials Problems.”
  • Supercomputing ’95 award, for “Fastest Real Application.”

Conference/Workshop Organization:

  • Co-organizer (with M. H. Yoo and C. Tome), “Defects and mechanical properties of HCP metals and alloys,” TMS Annual Meeting, Feb. 2000.
  • Organizer, “Microstructural evolution based on fundamental interfacial properties,” Ames Laboratory, Oct. 2002.
  • Co-organizer (with B. Radhakrishnan), “Microstructural evolution based on fundamental interfacial properties,” Oak Ridge National Laboratory, March 2004.
  • Co-organizer (with R. E. Napolitano) “Frontiers in Solidification Science,” TMS Annual Meeting, 2005.
  • Co-organizer (with S. B. Biner, J. Llorca, L. Kubin and Y. Sibutani) “Modeling and Simulation of Micromechanics and Microstructure Evolution,” September 2005, Madrid, Spain.
  • Co-organizer (with Mike Manley) “Fundamentals of Shape Memory and Related Transitions,” TMS Annual Meeting, February 2007.
  • Co-organizer (with C. Battaille, M. Asta and Y. Wang) “Computational Thermodynamics and Phase Transformations,” TMS Annual Meeting, February 2007.
  • International Program Committee, “13th International Conference on Liquid and Amorphous Metals (LAM13),” Ekaterinburg, Russia, July 2007.
  • Co-organizer (with V. K. Pecharsky and A. Tiwari) “Acta Materialia Gold Medal Award Symposium: Recent Developments in Rare Earth Science and Technology,” TMS Annual Meeting, March 2008.
  • USA Organizing Committee, International Conference on Martensitic Transformations, July 2008.
  • Co-organizer (with Y. Sohn, J. Morral, R. Arroyave, S. Babu and M. Asta) “Phase Stability, Diffusion Kinetics And Their Applications (PSDK-III),” Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 2008.
  • Co-organizer (with D.J. Singh and D. Mandrus) ORNL Symposium, “Materials for Energy,” Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2008.
  • Co-organizer (with R. E. Napolitano) “Frontiers in Solidification Science,” TMS Annual Meeting, March 2009.
  • Co-organizer (with Raymundo Arroyave; Yongho Sohn; John Morral; Sudarsanam Babu; Ralph Napolitano) “Phase Stability, Diffusion Kinetics And Their Applications (PSDK-IV),” Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 2009.
  • International Program Committee, “14th International Conference on Liquid and Amorphous Metals (LAM14),” Rome, Italy, July 2010.
  • Co-organized EFRC summer school, “Atomic-level Response of Materials to Irradiation,” (Santa Fe, 2010).
  • Co-organizer (with R. Arroyave, V. Ozolins and J.J. Hoyt), “Computational Thermodynamics and Kinetics,” TMS Annual Meeting, Feb. 2011.
  • Curriculum committee, “Center for Materials Science and Nuclear Fuels (CMSNF) Summer School,” Idaho National Laboratory (June 2011).
  • Primary organizer, “Defects, Defect Interactions, and Damage in Structural Materials,” Energy Frontier Research Center Summer School, Knoxville, June 2012.
  • Primary Organizer (with Jianguo Yu, Andrew Horsfield, and Nan Li), “Materials behavior under extreme irradiation, stress or temperature,” MRS Spring Meeting, April 2014.
Past & Present Memberships:
  • The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (vice-chair, Chemistry and Physics of Materials Committee, 2003-2005; chair, 2005-2008); American Physical Society; Materials Research Society; American Assoc. of Crystal Growth; ASM (Alloy Phase Diagram Committee, 2004-)

Referee Experience:

  • Journals:  Acta Materialia, Applied Physics Letters; ASME Journal of Tribology; Computational Mat. Sci., Intermetallics, Journal of Alloy and Compounds; J. Applied Phys., J. Chem. Phys.; J. Cryst. Growth, J. Mat. Res., J. Nuc. Mat., J. Phase Equilibria; J. Phys. C., J. Phys. Chem.; J. Phys. Chem. Solids, J. Phys. D; Journal of Non-crystalline Solids, J. Sol. State Chem., Mat. Chem. Phys., Materials Letters; Mater. Sci. Eng., Met. Trans.; Modelling Simul. Mat. Sci. Eng.Nanotechnology; Nature Materials; Phil. Magazine; Phys. Rev. (Letters, B, E); Science; Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, Scientific Reports, Solid State Communications, Surface Science.
  • Proposals:  U. S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).


  • M. Asta, University of California Berkeley; S. B. Biner, Idaho National Laboratory; M. Calvo-Dahlborg and U. Dahlborg, CNRS, France;  R. Davidchack, University of Leicester, UK;  L. Gránásy, Research Institute for Solid State Physics, Hungary; C. Henager, PNNL; J. J. Hoyt, McMaster University; K.F. Kelton, University of Washington; M. J. Kramer, Ames Laboratory; M. Krcmar,  Grand Valley State University; B. B. Laird, University of Kansas; M. I. Mendelev, Ames Laboratory; R. Napolitano, Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University;  B.C. Pan, USTC, China; X. C. Zeng, University of Nebraska.
Students/Postdocs/Visiting Scientists/Visiting Students:
  • Postdocs: Z. Y. Lu (postdoc, 2001), R. S. Aga (postdoc, 2004-2008), J. W. Lee (Postdoc, 2009-2011), Y. Ihm (postdoc, 2011-present), R. Olsen (postdoc, 2011-present)
  • Visitors: Y. Y. Ye (regularly visiting scientist, 1998-2003), K. Y. Chen (visiting scientist, 2000), G. Rengarajan (visiting student, 2000), G. Toth (visiting student, 2005), J. Wang (visiting student, 2010),
  • Graduate students: A. Beatty (M. S., Physics, 1999), L. J. Peng (Ph. D., Mat. Sci., 2011), A. Arrico (Ph.D., Mat. Sci., current)
  • Undergraduate researchers: David Ring*, Jennifer Scharff*, Dan Froeling, Adam Oline, Jay Wacker*, Trevor Pate (*asterisks indicate published authors)
  • High school researchers: Josh Lapan, Margaret Sudderth   

University Activities: Courses / Lectures Taught:

  • University of Tennessee:
    • Materials Science & Engineering 513, “Fundamentals Of  Materials Science and Engineering (III)”
      - Spring 2011, 2012, 2013.  New course in 2011, covering phase diagrams, diffusion, thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations.  Required for Ph.D. students.

    • Materials Science & Engineering 511, “Fundamentals Of  Materials Science and Engineering (I)”
      - Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2008 (co-taught with Prof. V. Keppens). Graduate course; covers thermodynamics, phase diagrams, and kinetics of phase transformations.

    • “Fundamentals of thermodynamics, phase transformations, and material simulations at small length scales.” 
      - Spring 2007, Fall 2012.  Developed new graduate course for materials science & chemical engineering students; covers basics of statistical mechanics and of related simulation methods.
    • Materials Science & Engineering 201, “Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering”
      - Spring 2009.

    • Other course lectures (Univ. of Tennessee):
      • Lectured for special topics course on “Bulk Metallic Glasses” (Spring, 2005 and 2007).
      • Lectured for MSE101, “Recent Advances in Materials Science” (Spring, 2006, 2007, 2008).

    • Lectured for Interdepartmental Graduate Minor in Computational Sciences seminar, 2009.

  • Iowa State University:
    • Gave guest lectures in Topics in Physics, Physics for Non-majors, Introduction to Physics, Waves, Introduction to Statistical Mechanics, and Thermodynamics for Materials Science.
    • Co-instructor, “Introduction to Molecular Biology for Non-Biologists,” (Drena Dobbs, primary lecturer).
Students / Postdocs Advised:
  • Students:
    • Andrew Beatty, M.S., Physics, Iowa State University (1998).
    • Lujian Peng, Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (2011).
      • Outstanding Student Award (2010); Best Poster award, AMS local chapter Student Night (2010)
      • Thesis title: Atomistic Modeling of Hydrogen Storage in Nanostructured Carbons
    • Alex Arrico (current PhD student, Materials Science, University of Tennessee)
  • Postdocs:
    • Rachel Aga (2004-2008); presently faculty, Department of Chemistry, Wright State University
    • Jae-Wook Lee (2009-2011); presently, Korean Institute of Materials Science
    • Yungok Ihm (2011-present)
    • Raina Olsen (2011-present), DOE EERE Fellow
  • Undergraduate students: Jennifer Scharff,* David Ring,* Dan Froelich, Jay Wacker,* Trevor Pate, Dion Harmon (*asterisks indicate published authors)
Graduate Student Committees:
  1. Tudor Ionescu, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Tennessee, 2006.
  2. Darryl Glanton, M.S., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (2007).
  3. Sujing Xie, Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (2007).
  4. Lan Huang, Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (2007).
  5. Robert McDaniel, Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (current).
  6. Shenyan Huang, Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (2011).
  7. Matthew Lassiter, Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (2009).
  8. Junwu Liu, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Tennessee (2009).
  9. Li Li, Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (2010).
  10. Matt Freels, Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (2010).
Other Activities:
  • Led effort to revise graduate student core curriculum (2009).
  • Departmental Liason to University of Tennessee’s “Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science.”