Fernando L. Reyes Tirado

    Ph.D. Student

    Phone: 847.467.5416
    Email: f.reyes@u.northwestern.edu
    Address: 2220 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

I grew up in Puerto Rico and earned my bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM). While at the UPRM, I worked with the synthesis and characterization of aluminum matrix composites reinforced with AlB2 particles. I also had the opportunity to work multiple terms as a Materials intern in the NASA Pathways Internship Program at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). I was involved in projects working with Shape Memory Alloys Self-Healing (SMASH), and materials/failure analysis among others. I enjoy kayaking, going to the beach and visiting new places.

For My PhD Research, I will be working with freeze-casting of metal foams for structural and energy applications. Specifically, I will be working to create iron scaffolds with architectures designed to maintain their integrity during redox cycles. This could enable the development of very low-cost and non-toxic iron-air rechargeable batteries for large-scale grid storage.

Selected Honors

  1. NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2016)
  2. GEM Associate Fellow (2015)


  1. Tirado, F., L. R., Huang, J., & Dunand, D. C. (2017). Ice-templated silicon foams with aligned lamellar channels. MRS Communications, 7(4), 928-932.

  2. M. Corchado, F. Reyes, O. M. Suarez, “Effects of AlB2 Particles and Zinc on the Absorbed Impact Energy of Gravity Cast Aluminum Matrix Composites,” JOM, Vol. 66, Issue 6 (2014), pp. 926 – 934.