Los Alamos National Laboratory

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

Robert S. Averback


Contact Information

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Department of Materials Science and Engineering
    Donald W. Hamer Professor and Interim Department Head

    Phone: (217) 333-4302



  • Postdoctoral fellow in Materials Science, Cornell University, 1973
  • Ph.D., Physics, Michigan State University, 1966
  • B.S., Physics, Dickinson College, 1966

Research and Professional Experience

  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987-present
  • Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory, Materials Science Division, 1978-1987
  • Visiting Scientist, Forschungszentrum, Juelich, Germany, 1981-1982
  • Assistant Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory, 1974-1978
  • Assistant Professor, Dickinson College, 1973-1974

Research Interests

  • Severe plastic deformation in nanostructured materials
  • Radiation effects
  • Self organization in driven alloys
  • Ultrafast processing of materials

Sample Publications

P. Krasnochtchekov, R. S. Averback, and P. Bellon, "Phase separation and dynamic patterning in Cu1-xCox films under ion irradiation," Phys. Rev. B 72 (2005), 174102.

S. Odunuga, Y. Li, P. Krasnochtchekov, P. Bellon, and R. S. Averback, "Forced chemical mixing in alloys driven by plastic deformation," Phys. Rev. Lett 95 (2005), 045901.

P. Bellon, R. S. Averback, S. Odunuga, Y. Li, P. Krasnochtchekov, and A. Caro, “Crossover from superdiffusive to diffusive mixing in plastically deformed solids,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 99 (2007), 110602.

W. L. Chan, R. S. Averback, D. G. Cahill, and Y. Ashkenazy, "Solidification Velocities in Deeply Undercooled Silver," Phys. Rev. Lett, 102 (2009), 095701.

N. Vo, S. Odunuga, R. S. Averback, and P. Bellon, "Forced chemical mixing in immiscible alloys during severe plastic deformation at elevated temperatures," Acta Materialia 57 (2009), 3012.