## Robert F. Sekerka

University Professor Emeritus

Condensed Matter Theory

Wean Hall 6416

412-268-2362

# Education & Professional Experience

PhD: Harvard University

Honors and Awards:

Minerals, Metals, Materials Society, Bruce Chalmers Award (1998)

International Association of Crystal Growth, Frank Price (1992)

# Research Interests

Most of my research is interdisciplinary and is concerned with theoretical problems in materials science that lead to challenging problems in physics and mathematics. Examples are the thermodynamics of stressed solids (including definition of chemical potentials), transport phenomena, surfaces and interfaces, phase transformations, the functional application of the Onsager reciprocal relations in multi-component diffusion and heat flow, the influence of anisotropic surface tension on crystal shape and faceting, and the theory of morphological stability Problems dealing with phase transformations lead to difficult free boundary problems that are generalizations of the classical Stefan problem because of boundary conditions that depend on the curvature of the free boundary. One seeks to calculate and understand the factors that determine the shapes of the interfaces that separate the growing phase from the nutrient phase.

# Selected Publications

R.F. Sekerka, S.R. Coriell, G.B. McFadden, *Morphological Stability*, Handbook of Crystal Growth, Chapter 14, 595 (2015)

Y. Mishin, J. A. Warren, R. F. Sekerka, W. J. Boettinger, *Irreversible thermodynamics of creep in crystalline solids*, Phys. Rev. B 88, 184303 (2013)

R.F. Sekerka, W.J. Boettinger, G.B. McFadden, *Surface morphologies due to grooves at moving grain boundaries having stress-driven fluxes*, Acta Materialia 61, 7216 (2013)

Chang-You Lin, Michael Widom, Robert F. Sekerka, *Generalized potentials for a mean-field density functional theory of a three-phase contact line*, Phys. Rev. E 88, 12117 (2013)

Robert F. Sekerka, *Irreversible thermodynamic basis of phase field models*, Philosophical Magazine 91, 3 (2011)

Etsuro Yokoyama, Robert F. Sekerka, Yoshinori Furukawa, *Growth of an Ice Disk: Dependence of Critical Thickness for Disk Instability on Supercooling of Water*, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 113, 4733 (2009)

W.J. Boettinger, G.B. McFadden, S.R. Coriell, R.F. Sekerka, J.A. Warren, *Lateral deformation of diffusion couples*, Acta Materialia 53, 1995 (2005)

Robert F. Sekerka, *Equilibrium and growth shapes of crystals: how do they differ and why should we care?*, Crystal Research and Technology 40, 291 (2005)

Robert F. Sekerka, *Analytical criteria for missing orientations on three-dimensional equilibrium shapes*, Journal of Crystal Growth 275, 77 (2005)

Robert F. Sekerka, John W. Cahn, *Solid–liquid equilibrium for non-hydrostatic stress*, Acta Materialia 52, 1663 (2004)