Los Alamos National Laboratory

Center for
Materials at Irradiation and Mechanical Extremes
A BES Energy Frontier Research Center

Michael I. Baskes

Dr. Baskes obtained his B.S. degree at Caltech in 1965 in engineering and received his Ph.D. in 1970 at Caltech in Materials Science. He was then employed at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore for 29 years. At Sandia he was a staff member until 1983. He was then supervisor of the Scientific Computing Division, the Theoretical Division, the Joining and Physical Metallurgy Division, and the Materials and Process Research Division. He was also manager of the Materials and Process Research Department and the Materials Reliability Department. He spent one year in Washington D.C. at the US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and 3 months at the University of Delft, The Netherlands. After leaving Sandia he spent 9 years as a staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory and is currently a retired laboratory fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory and an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Baskes’s interests encompass the use of computational methods to investigate material properties. Primary examples include alloy phase stability, magnetic behavior, fracture toughness, empirical and semi-empirical potential development for metals and semiconductors, diffusion and trapping of hydrogen isotopes, hydrogen embrittlement, helium behavior in metals and metal hydrides, hydrogen isotope molecular recombination, plasma/first wall hydrogen isotope recycling in fusion reactors, interfaces and grain boundaries, atomistic calculations of dislocations in metals, brittle and ductile fracture, and microsegregation in welding.
His major scientific accomplishments have been
1) development of the embedded atom method,
2) development of models to predict the behavior of helium in metals, and
3) development of a model to explain hydrogen isotope recombination.

He is a member of TMS, Sigma Xi, and MRS and a fellow of LANL, TMS and IOP. He established the journal, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering in 1992 and was the Editor-in-Chief until 2005. He has been a member of the National Materials Advisory Board from 1995-1998. He was a member of the International Advisory Panel for the Materials Science Center at U. Groningen 2002-2005 and is currently on the scientific advisory boards for Mississippi State University, North Texas University, and a small startup company, Nanosteller. He has organized the DOE workshop on Computational issues in the mechanical behavior of metals and intermetallics and was co-organizer of IUMRS-ICAM-93: Computer applications of materials science and engineering and an MRS Symposium: Theory and simulation of time-dependent processes in materials. He was co-chairman of the Gordon Conference on Hydrogen-Metal Systems in 2003. Dr. Baskes has authored or co-authored more than 190 technical publications that have had well over 5900 citations. Of these publications, three have over 1000 citations and 18 have over 100 citations apiece. He has received two DOE awards for outstanding research and is in the DOE/BES Hall of Fame.



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