Dr. Alexander Chadwick
    Post-doctoral researcher
    Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
    M.S.E., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
    B.S.E., Materials Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

    Current project(s):
    Co-advised with Prof. Peter Voorhees

    Phone: 847.467.1812
    Email: alexander.chadwick@northwestern.edu
    Address: 2220 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

Originally from Massachusetts, I received my B.S.E. in Materials Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 2013, where I was a member of the Michal and Matthiesen research groups. I then joined the Thornton group at the University of Michigan, where I developed new continuum-scale sharp- and diffuse-interface numerical methods for studying the cycling behavior of metal-anode batteries and the aqueous corrosion of structural metal alloys. I obtained both my M.S.E. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering while at Michigan, graduating in 2018.

I joined the Dunand and Voorhees research groups at Northwestern University in the fall of 2018. My research now focuses on developing novel applications of the phase-field method for studying Kirkendall porosity and other phenomena in metal alloys.

Selected Honors

  1. Rackham Travel Grant, University of Michigan, 2014 and 2017
  2. Student Travel Grant, The Electrochemical Society, 2015
  3. Graduate Service Award, University of Michigan, 2014
  4. Cum laude, Case Western Reserve University, 2013


  1. A.F. Chadwick, J.A. Stewart, R.A. Enrique, S. Du, and K. Thornton. Numerical Modeling of Localized Corrosion Using Phase-Field and Smoothed-Boundary Methods. J. Electrochem. Soc. 165 (2018) C633-C646. DOI: 10.1149/2.0701810jes
  2. K.N. Wood, E. Kazyak, A.F. Chadwick, K.-H. Chen, J.-G. Zhang, K. Thornton, and N.P. Dasgupta. Dendrites and Pits: Untangling the Complex Behavior of Lithium Metal Anodes Through Operando Video Microscopy. ACS Cent. Sci. 2 (2016) 790-801. DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.6b00260
  3. A.F. Chadwick, G. Vardar, S. DeWitt, A.E.S. Sleightholme, C.W. Monroe, D.J. Siegel, and K. Thornton. Computational Model of Magnesium Deposition and Dissolution for Property Determination via Cyclic Voltammetry. J. Electrochem. Soc. 163 (2016) A1813-A1821. DOI: 10.1149/2.0031609jes