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John R. Scully

Professor
Interim Department Chair
Co-Director
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Office location and address
Wilsdorf Hall Room 330
395 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S. ​The Johns Hopkins University, Materials Science and Engineering, 1980
M.S. ​The Johns Hopkins University, Materials Science and Engineering, 1982
Ph.D. ​The Johns Hopkins University, Materials Science and Engineering, 1987
Biography

My primary research interest is to understand the relationships between a material's structure and composition and properties related to environmental degradation. The properties of focused interest and activity are those associated with hydrogen embrittlement, stress corrosion cracking, localized corrosion, and passivity of materials. My historical current focus is on advanced aluminum, magnesium, titanium, ferrous and nickel-based alloys, as well as stainless steels and aluminum-based intermetallic compounds.

Study of the Relative Localized Corrosion and Cracking Susceptibility of Additively Manufactured and Wrought Corrosion Resistant Alloys
Source: U.S. DOD - Navy - Office Of Naval Research (Onr)
June 01, 2018 – May 31, 2023
Exploring Oxidation and Surface Phenomena of Multi-Principal Element Alloys
Source: Johns Hopkins University, The
May 01, 2020 – April 30, 2023
Fundamental Understanding of Transport Under Reactor Extremes (FUTURE)
Source: Triad National Security, LLC
February 04, 2019 – October 31, 2022
EN-MSE Center for Performance and Design of Nuclear Waste Forms and Containers (WastePD)
Source: OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, THE
August 01, 2016 – July 31, 2022
RAPID: Antimicrobial Coatings for the mitigation of virus transmission on high-touch surfaces
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
August 15, 2020 – July 31, 2022
Metal Rich Primers to Mitigate Multiple Forms of Corrosion Including Environmental Cracking for High Performance Alloys
Source: U.S. Air Force Academy
June 01, 2018 – May 31, 2022
EN-MSE Predicting & Controlling the Role(s) of Minor Elements in the Passivation of Fe-Ni-Cr-X & Ni-Cr-X Based Systems
Source: Northwestern University
May 16, 2014 – January 31, 2022
EN-MSE Understanding and modeling the inhibitor-based mitigation of atmospherically induced structural degradation of galvanically coupled airframe components
Source: U.S. DOD - Navy - Office Of Naval Research (Onr)
January 01, 2017 – September 29, 2021
Coating Based Mitigation of IGC and IG-SCC Degradation in Atmospheric Environments
Source: U.S. DOD - Navy - Office Of Naval Research (Onr)
July 01, 2018 – June 29, 2021
Identifying, Predicting and Preventing Localized Corrosion in Kr-85 Storage Canisters
Source: U.S. Department Of Energy - Idaho
October 01, 2017 – September 30, 2020
The Effect of Pretreatment on the Quality and Appearance of a Cathodic Electrodeposited Coating (E-coat)
Source: Axalta Coating Systems, LLC
December 01, 2018 – May 31, 2020
Susceptibility of High Strength Shipbuilding Steels to Hydrogen Embrittlement Resulting from Zinc Primer
Source: CCAM Research Corporation
March 11, 2019 – March 31, 2020
Exploring Compositionally and Microstructurally Complex Alloys (MPE Alloys) with High Strength/Ductility and Tunable Corrosion Resistance
Source: U.S. DOD - Navy - Office Of Naval Research (Onr)
July 01, 2018 – September 30, 2019
EN-MSE Research by UVa in Support of Technical Corrosion Collaboration for Call 0015
Source: U.S. Air Force Academy
September 30, 2014 – September 29, 2019
EN-MSE Role of Selected Major and Minor Alloy Alloying Elements in Copper Alloys on Copper Ion Release and Oxide Formation for Anti-Microbial Functionality
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Math. & Physical Sciences
August 15, 2013 – July 31, 2019
The Influence of Surface Preparation and Microstructural Heterogeneity on Filiform Corrosion of Aluminum Alloys
Source: PPG Industries, Inc.
November 01, 2017 – June 30, 2019
EN-MSE Effects of Coatings on Intergranular Corrosion and Stress-Corrosion Cracking of Al-Mg Alloys at Macro-Defects
Source: U.S. DOD - Navy - Office Of Naval Research (Onr)
May 01, 2015 – March 30, 2019
Study on the Delayed Fracture Resistance of High Strength Steel for Bolt Applications
Source: POSCO
December 18, 2017 – December 17, 2018
MSE-Active Corrosion Protection of Magnesium Alloys Via Functional Anodic Coatings
Source: U.S. DOD - Army
December 16, 2013 – December 15, 2018
EN-MSE Localized and Stress Corrosion Cracking Behavior of High Strength Stainless Steel Pre-Stressing Strand Materials in Marine Atmospheric Highway Environments
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
July 22, 2013 – January 21, 2018
EN-MSE Collaborative University Research on Corrosion OUSD Education Intitiative
Source: U.S. Air Force Academy
October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2017
EN-MSE Understanding and Modeling the Influence of Galvanic Coupling on the Structural Degradation of Airframe Components
Source: U.S. DOD - Navy - Office Of Naval Research (Onr)
October 01, 2013 – December 31, 2016
EN-MSE Investigation and Coating Degraduation Processes on Modern High-Performance Alloys that Affect Air and Land Vehicle Structural Integrity
Source: U.S. Air Force Academy
September 01, 2012 – November 30, 2016
Corrosion Mechanisms in Laser Welded Magnesium Alloy Sandwich Structures as a Function of Alloy & Process Variables
Source: U.S. DOD - Navy - Office Of Naval Research (Onr)
June 21, 2012 – October 31, 2016
EN-MSE Assessing Heat-to-Heat Variations Affecting Mechanism Based Modeling of Hydrogen Environment Cracking (HEAC) in High Strength Alloys for Marine Applications: Monel K-500
Source: U.S. DOD - Navy - Office Of Naval Research (Onr)
March 15, 2012 – December 31, 2015
Investigation of Selected Atmospheric Corrosion Processes on Modern High-Performance Ferrous Alloys that Affect Structural Integrity: Development of Predictive Capabilities and Test Methods
Source: U.S. Air Force Academy
April 05, 2010 – September 30, 2015
Investigation of Selected Atmospheric Corrosion Processes on Modern High-Performance Ferrous Alloys that Affect Structrual Integrity: Development
Source: U.S. Air Force Academy
October 01, 2011 – September 30, 2015
EN-MSE Corrosion Research on "Better Than Supermartensitic (BTS13Cr) Martensitic-Ferritic Steel"
Source: Vallourec Tubos Do Brasil S. A.
September 01, 2014 – August 31, 2015
Role of Minor Alloying Elements in the Corrosion of Selected Amorphous Alloys
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Math. & Physical Sciences
August 15, 2009 – July 31, 2014
Development & Validation of an Integrated Intergranular Corrosion/Cracking Model of Al-Mg Alloys for Naval Applications
Source: U.S. DOD - Navy - Office Of Naval Research (Onr)
January 01, 2008 – September 30, 2013
EN-MSE Scientific Understanding of Non-Chromated Corrosion Inhibitors Function
Source: Southwest Research Institute
July 23, 2008 – March 31, 2013
Understanding the Interplay between Water Chemistry & Electrochemical Properties of Copper
Source: International Copper Association
June 30, 2008 – January 31, 2013
MSE 3080: Corrosion, Batteries and Fuel Cells
Credits: 3
Includes basic electrochemical principles, terminology, definitions and examples of corrosion, batteries and fuel cells, as well as the thermodynamics and kinetic principles of electrochemistry applied to corrosion, batteries and fuel cells. Discusses the eight forms of corrosion and various battery and fuel cell systems. Provides instruction on the various corrosion mitigation methods such as cathodic protection, inhibitors, and coatings as well as design issues in corrosion, batteries and fuel cells at the materials science and engineering level.
MSE 4960: Special Project in Materials Science and Engineering
Credits: 1–6
A fourth year project in MSE, under the supervision of a faculty member, is designed to give undergraduate students an application of principles learned in the classroom. The work may be experimental or computational, and the student is expected to become proficient in techniques used to process, characterize, or model materials. The project should make use of design principles in the solution of a problem. Six hours in lab per week, notebook. Prerequisite: 4th year standing and prior approval by a faculty member who is project supervisor.
MSE 7080: Advanced Electrochemistry
Credits: 3
A highly-specialized course detailing specific subject matter in the areas of corrosion of stainless steel, cyclic voltammetry, and the adsorption of hydrogen on and diffusion of hydrogen through Palladium. Associated experimental methods are discussed. Prerequisite: MSE 6080
MSE 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.
MSE 8999: Masters Degree Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
EP 8999: Master's Degree Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
MSE 9970: Graduate Teaching Instruction-Ph.D.
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.
EP 9999: Ph.D. Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
MSE 9999: PHD Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.

Closing Lecturer, Royal Society of Chemistry, Faraday Discussions 2015

U.R. Evans Award, U.K. Institute of Corrosion 2013

Lee Hsun Lecture Award, Institute of Materials Research (IMR), Chinese National Academy of Science 2012

W.R. Whitney Award (from NACE) for recognition of career achievements based on scientific advances in corrosion science and engineering Awarded 2012

H.H. Uhlig Award (from ECS) for recognition of career achievements based on scientific advances in corrosion science from the Electrochemical Society 2009

Fellow of the Society: American Society for Metals (ASM) 2007

Francis LaQue Award, For outstanding contributions in the Science of Corrosion (ASTM) 2005

Fellow of the Society: The Electrochemical Society (ECS) – International 2005

Fellow of the Society: National Association of Engineers 2002

Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society - Elected 1980; UVA faculty advisor to Virginia Alpha Chapter At the Univeristy of Virginia: 2000-2004

Member of Defense Science Board Task Force on Corrosion Control 2004

Chair and organizer of the 2004 Gordon Conference on Aqueous Corrosion 2004

Technical Consultant to the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Board 2003

H. H. Uhlig Award of National Association of Engineers (NACE) 1997

David A. Harrison, Jr. Faculty Recognition Award (Univ. Of Virginia) - recognizes outstanding faculty dedication to teaching, teaching through research, and service to the University community.

William H. Blum Award of the National Capitol Section of the Electrochemical Society - For original contributions to the science and/or technology of corrosion and/or electrochemical sciences 1995

National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award - 1993-98 Oak Ridge Junior Faculty Enhancement Award - Engineering; for Stress Corrosion Cracking Research, 1992

A.B. Campbell Award, NACE; Best Science or Engineering Paper in a National Association of Corrosion Engineers Journal by an author under 35 years of age, 1985