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Nhon Q. Vo

I received a B.S. degree at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in electrical material science in 2007. I decided to stay at the same institution as a graduate student in metallic materials science, focused on nanostructured metallic alloys for extreme conditions and completed my Ph.D. in 2011. A few days after my graduation, I joined Prof. David Seidman and Prof. David Dunand's research groups as a postdoctoral associate

My current research focuses on experimentally designing Al-Sc based alloys with addition of different elements to optimize alloy and processing cost, strength, and service temperature utilizing the state-of-art Atom-Probe Tomography technique. The optimized aluminum alloy is a promising candidate to replace heavy cast-iron in car brake-rotor and expensive titanium in high-temperature applications. My research also involves in investigating high-temperature properties of super-alloy steel, which was computationally designed to improve the thermal efficiency of steam turbines and reduce CO2 emission in the fossil-energy power plants.


High-Temperature Aluminum Alloys

High-Temperature Iron Alloys


B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign


Phone: 847.491.3575
Fax: 847.467.2269
e-mail: voquynhon (
Address: Materials Science & Eng
2220 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
CV: Dr. Nhon Q. Vo

Selected Honors

  1. Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Award- Gold Medal (2010)
  2. Donald W. Hamer Fellowship for "Exceptional New Graduate Student" (2007-2008)

Selected Publications

  1. Atom-probe tomographic study of a friction-stir processed Al-Mg-Sc alloy. Nhon Q. Vo, David C. Dunand, David N. Seidman. Acta Mater. 60, 7078-7089 (2012)
  2. A quantitative description of plastic deformation in nano-crystalline Cu: dislocation glide versus grain boundary sliding. Nhon Q. Vo, Samson Odunuga, Pascal Bellon, Robert S. Averback, Alfredo Caro. Phys. Rev. B 78, 134108 (2008)
  3. Limits of hardness at the nanoscale: Molecular dynamics simulations. Nhon Q. Vo, Pascal Bellon, Robert S. Averback, Alfredo Caro. Phys. Rev. B 78, 241402 (2008) Rapid Communications Selected for Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology
  4. Microstructural stability of nanostructured Cu alloys during high-temperature irradiation. Nhon Q. Vo, See W. Chee, Daniel Schwen, Xuan Zhang, Pascal Bellon, Robert S. Averback. Scripta Mater. 63 929 (2010)
  5. Reaching theoretical strengths in nanocrystalline Cu by grain boundary doping. Nhon Q. Vo, Jonathan Schafer, Robert S. Averback, Karsten Albe, Yinon Ashkenazy, Pascal Bellon. Scripta Mater. 65 660-663 (2011).


January 18, 2011