David Johnson

David Johnson

Associate Professor of Materials Engineering

Contact Information

Office: ARMS 2221
Phone: +1 765 49-47009
School of Materials Engineering
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 West Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

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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.


  • 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.

Research Interests

Selected Publications

Sae Matsunaga, Duo Huang, Samuel B Inman, Jack C Mason, Doug Konitzer, David R Johnson, Michael S Titus, “Planar Front Growth of Single Crystal Ni-Based Superalloy Ren?? N515,” JOM, 72 (2020) 1794-1802; https://doi.org/10.1007/s11837-020-04091-x

Kara Luitjohan, Matthew Krane, David Johnson, “Effect of Solute Elements on Boron Segregation in Boron-Containing Steels,” ISIJ International, 60 (2020) 92-98; https://doi.org/10.2355/isijinternational.ISIJINT-2019-258

Pikee Priya, David R Johnson, Matthew JM Krane, “Precipitation during cooling of 7XXX aluminum alloys,” Computational Materials Science, 139 (2017) 273-284; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.commatsci.2017.08.008

Yiwei Sun, David R Johnson, Kevin P Trumble, “Effect of Zr on recrystallization in a directionally solidified AA7050,” Materials Science and Engineering: A, 700 (2017) 358-365; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msea.2017.06.026

Aisling Coughlan, Heidi A. Diefes-Dux, Kerrie A Douglas, Tanya A. Falten, David Johnson, “The Continuing Effort to Enhanced Learning of Mechanical Behavior of Materials via Combined Experiments and nanoHUB Simulations: Learning Modules for Sophomore MSE Students,” MRS Advances,” MRS Advances (2016) 3721-3726; https://doi.org/10.1557/adv.2016.231

News and Announcements


  • MSE 230 Structure and Properties of Materials
  • MSE 235 Materials Properties Laboratory
  • MSE 330 Processing and Properties of Materials
  • 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
  • MSE 597S Steel & Al: Process-Properties

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