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David Johnson

David Johnson

Associate Professor of Materials Engineering

Contact Information

Phone: +1 765 49-47009
School of Materials Engineering
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 West Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

Research Interests

Professor Johnson works on development and processing of high temperature structural materials, including the development of specialized solidification processing techniques.  The study of microstructural development in solidification and homogenization through modeling and experiment has been a recent focus. Other work examines the development of new light metal alloys, understanding defect formation during solidification, and aluminum extrusion.

Google Scholar Citations


  • B.S., Engineering Science & Mechanics, 1987, Univ. of Tennessee
  • M.S.E., Metallurgical Engineering, 1990, Univ. of Tennessee
  • Ph.D., Metallurgical Engineering, 1994, Univ. of Tennessee.

Selected Publications

  • Aisling Coughlan, David Johnson, Heidi A. Diefes-Dux, K. Anna Douglas, Kendra Erk, Tanya A. Faltens, and Alejandro Strachan “Enhanced Learning of Mechanical Behavior of Materials via Combined Experiments and nanoHUB Simulations: Learning Modules for Sophomore MSE Students ,” Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. (2015).
  • M Heiden A Kustas, K Chaput, E Nauman, D Johnson, L Stanciu, “Effect of microstructure and strain on the degradation behavior of novel bioresorbable iron–manganese alloy implants,” Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, 103 (2015) 738-745.

  • S Zhang, DR Johnson, MJM Krane, “Influence of riser design on macrosegregation in static castings, International Journal of Cast Metals Research, 28(1) (2015) 28-38.

  • M Heiden, D Johnson, L Stanciu, “Surface modifications through dealloying of Fe-Mn and Fe-Mn-Zn alloys developed to create tailorable, nanoporous, bioresorbable surfaces,“Acta Materialia, 103 (2016) 115-127.

  • DR Johnson, C McCleary, MJM Krane, KP Trumble, “Measuring Thermomechanical Properties of AA7050 Near the Solidus Temperature,“ International Journal of Metalcasting, (2016) 1-10.


  • MSE 230 Structure and Properties of Materials
  • MSE 235 Materials Properties Laboratory
  • MSE 430-440 Materials Processing and Design I and II
  • MSE 367 Materials Processing Laboratory
  • MSE 382 Mechanical Response of Materials
  • MSE 536 Solidification Processing
  • MSE 555 Deformation Mechanisms in Crystalline Solids
  • MSE 556 Fracture of Materials

Graduate Students

Research Title: Metallurgy and processing of Boron-bearing steels (ArcelorMittal)