Reflections on the Importance of Leadership in Research Organizations

Accelerating Research and Development in the Additive Manufacturing of Functional Materials

Live Event: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

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This webinar will provide a summary of the key findings and recommendations of the new TMS Accelerator Study Report, Accelerating Research and Technological Development in the Additive Manufacturing of Energy-Related Functional Materials, which was undertaken on behalf of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. Following a presentation by the accelerator study chair, a panel of three experts that participated in the study will answer questions from the audience.

What You Will Learn

  • Explore areas of most promise for the additive manufacturing (AM) of functional materials (FM) in energy-related domains
  • Discuss key gaps, barriers, needs, and enablers of the next state of AM of FM in areas deemed to have the greatest potential for the most immediate and substantive impact, especially taking into consideration energy efficiency and decarbonization goals
  • Review concrete recommendations on key milestones, detailed action plans, and implementation pathways needed to help provide a foundation for ultimately transitioning from fundamental concepts to manufactured components in the AM of FM


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About the Speakers

Paul R. Ohodnicki, Jr. (Study Chair)

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department, University of Pittsburgh

Paul R. Ohodnicki, Jr., is currently an associate professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science department at the University of Pittsburgh and the Engineering Science program director. He is also the founding director of the Advanced Magnetics for Power and Energy Development (AMPED) consortium, a university – industry – government collaborative partnership focused on educating the next generation workforce at the intersection between new soft magnetic materials, device applications, and system-level integration for renewable integration and vehicle electrification. In addition, he serves as the chief technology officer and co-founder of CorePower Magnetics, an early-stage startup seeking to commercialize a portfolio of intellectual property developed during his time as an employee at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to his current roles, he was a materials scientist and technical portfolio lead in the Functional Materials Team of the Materials Engineering & Manufacturing Directorate of the National Energy Technology Laboratory. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 with a B.Phil. in Engineering Physics and a B.A. in Economics and subsequently earned his M.S. (2006) and Ph.D. (2008) in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Ohodnicki has published more than 150 technical publications and holds more than 15 patents, with more than 30 additional patents under review. He also is the recipient of several awards and recognitions, including the Federal Employee Rookie of the Year Award (2012), Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (2016), and the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Innovation Category Award for the Carnegie Science Center (2012, 2017, 2019). In 2017, he was a nominee for the Samuel J. Heyman service to America Medal.

Simona Hunyadi Murph

Fellow Scientist, Savannah River National Laboratory

Simona Hunyadi Murph is a Fellow Scientist at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) and the program manager for SRNL’s Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program. An important aspect of her research is focused on expanding knowledge and understanding of how to (a) create functional nano- and macro- scale materials with tunable properties through transformative bottom-up and top-down procedures, including additive manufacturing processes, and (b) how to elucidate their structure-property correlations for specific applications of interest to the Department of Energy, namely clean energy applications, environmental stewardship, and national security missions. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of South Carolina, an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Educational Leadership from Augusta University, and both a M.S. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Chemistry/Physics with a minor in Education from Babes-Bolyai University, Romania.

Nihan Tuncer

Principal Materials Scientist, Desktop Metal

Nihan Tuncer is a principal materials scientist at Desktop Metal, a 3D metal printing company, which she helped transform from the idea stage in its early days to a public company, with its systems in use worldwide today. Her role comprises material and method development for extrusion-based and binder jetting 3D printing systems from feedstock design to printing and sintering development, and microstructure control in various ferrous and non-ferrous metals and alloys. Tuncer specializes in metallurgy with an interest in processing-microstructure-property relationships. Past projects have led to the development of separable supports for complex geometries and novel furnace design for clean metallurgy. Tuncer completed her B.S. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Middle East Technical University and her Ph.D. in Anadolu University in Turkey. She was introduced to additive manufacturing at Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany, where she worked as a visiting researcher. Prior to Desktop Metal, she did her postdoctoral research in Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she focused on crystallographic orientation, texture, and size effects on superelasticity in copper-based shape memory microfibers. Her current interests include bonding mechanisms and resulting microstructures in solid-state additive manufacturing methods. In addition to her role in industry, she is active in academic research and regularly publishes in additive manufacturing.


George Spanos

Director; New Initiatives, Science, and Industry Department; The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)

As TMS Director of New Initiatives, Science, and Industry, George Spanos is responsible for the oversight of new TMS initiatives, science, and engineering elements of TMS member activities and events and industrial outreach and engagement, while contributing to the development and execution of the Society’s strategic plan. He received his B.S., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University. In 1989, he joined the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) as a staff scientist, in 1994 was promoted to Section Head at NRL (Microstructural Evolution Section), and, in June of 2010, joined TMS. Spanos is author/co-author of 100 technical publications which have been cited more than 4,500 times in the field of phase transformations, processing-structure-property relationships, 3D materials analyses, integrated computational materials engineering (ICME), and materials innovations as applied to manufacturing methods. Some of his past and present professional affiliations include member of the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia Inc. (2008-2010), past chairman (1999) and member (1996-1999) of the Joint Commission for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, and chairman (1995-1996) and key reader (1992 - present) of the Board of Review of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A.

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