Jim Kiggans

Research Staff
Processing & Joining Group
Materials Science & Technology Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
P.O. Box 2008
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6087
Phone: (865) 574-8863
Fax: (865) 574-4357

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Jim Kiggans joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 1976. He received his Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. With Jim’s education and experience in a variety of disciplines including biochemistry and materials processing, this has led him to over 50 publications, multiple collaborative research projects, and R&D 100 Awards. Jim’s publications are in the areas of materials processing: powder metallurgy, microwave processing, gelcasting, tape casting , hot pressing, slip casting, and many other forming processes used in prototype forming of ceramic and metal materials (titanium and titanium alloys).  Other areas include: application of coatings to various substrates, fabrication of materials for battery applications, the development of piezoelectric materials for fuel injector applications, infrared and plasma heat treatment of materials, the development of carbon-based materials for water purification, and the fabrication of ultracapacitor materials. Jim’s collaborative research projects have been conducted with several companies such as Dow Chemical, Kennametal, Detroit Diesel, Allied Signal, Honeywell, 3M, Microwave Materials Inc, Eaton Inc., Microwave Synergy, Inc, A123 Systems, Dow Kokam, Campbell Applied Physics, as well as numerous universities. He has received 3 R&D 100 Awards: 1997-Metal Ceramic Composite Crucible, 2007-Armstrong Process CP Ti and Ti Alloy Powder and Products, and 2011-Mesoporous Carbon Electrode for Desalination.