Carnegie Mellon University

Robert M. Suter

Professor of Physics
Professor of Materials Science & Engineering (Courtesy)

Condensed Matter Experiment
Wean Hall 6406

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Prof. Bob Suter

Education & Professional Experience

PhD: Clark University (1978)

Professional Societies:
American Physical Society, AAAS, Materials Research Society, Minerals, Metals & Materials Society

Curriculum ViTAE

Professor of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996–
Professor of Materials Science & Engineering (Courtesy), 2006–
Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 1987–96
Visiting Scientist, Schlumberger-Doll Research, 1986
Visiting Scientist, IBM Research, 1985
Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 1981–87
Post-doctoral Research: IBM T.J. Watsen Research Center, 1979–81

Research Interests

In collaboration with scientists at Sector 1 of the Advanced Photon Source synchrotron, we are developing a high energy x-ray diffraction microscope (HEDM). This new type of microscope allows for non-destructive mapping of internal microstructure components (crystalline grains and defect fields) in three dimensions inside polycrystalline and even polyphase materials. Being non-destructive, the technique makes it possible to watch the response of microstructures to thermal and/or mechanical treatment well away from the influence of surfaces. A wide range of applications are possible, including questions of basic science (grain growth or phase transformation dynamics) and of industrial interest (fatigue and cracking phenomena).

Both the measurements and the reconstruction of microstructures are challenging. My group at CMU has developed advanced computational techniques and software for generating the microscope output through analysis of hundreds of detector images of diffraction patterns. Computations are performed at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and on a dedicated cluster in the Physics Department. Interpretation of obtained three dimensional data sets is aided by interaction with other participants in the CMU MRSEC.

I also run the Physics Department's x-ray scattering laboratory where measurements are carried out on a wide variety of materials systems including  thin solid and fluid films and biologically relevant lipid membranes.

Selected Publications

D. B. Menasche, J. Lind, S. F. Li, P. Kenesei, J. Bingert, U. Lienert, R. M. Suter, Shock induced damage in copper: A before and after, three-dimensional study,  J. Appl. Phys. 119, 15490 (2016)

L. Renversade, R. Quey, W. Ludwig, D. Menasche, S. Maddali, R. M. Suter, A. Borbely, Comparisonbetween Diffraction Contrast Tomography and High Energy Diffraction Microscopy on a slightly deformed aluminium alloyInt’l Union of Crystallography Journal  3, 32 (2016)

A. D. Rollett, G. S. Rohrer, R. M. Suter, Understanding materials microstructure and behavior at the mesoscaleMRS Bulletin 40, 951 (2015)

B. Lin, Y. Jin, C.M. Hefferan, S.F. Li, J. Lind, R.M. Suter, M. Bernacki, N. Bozzolo, A.D. Rollett, G.S. Rohrer, Observation of annealing twin nucleation at triple lines in nickel during grain growthActa Materialia 99, 63 (2015) 

E. Wielewski, D. B. Menasche, P. G. Callahan, R. M. Suter, Three-dimensional α colony characterization and prior-β grain reconstruction of a lamellar Ti–6Al–4V specimen using near-field high-energy X-ray diffraction microscopyJ Appl Crystallogr 48, 1165 (2015) 

R. Pokharel, J. Lind, A. K. Kanjarla, R. A. Lebensohn, S. F. Li, P. Kenesei, R. M. Suter, A. D. Rollett, Polycrystal Plasticity: Comparison Between Grain - Scale Observations of Deformation and SimulationsAnnual Review of Condensed Matter Physics 5, 317 (2014) 

D. W. Brown, L. Balogh, D. Byler, C. M. Hefferan, J. F. Hunter, P. Kenesei, S. F. Li, J. Lind, S. R. Niezgoda, R. M. Suter, Demonstration of near Field High Energy X-Ray Diffraction Microscopy on High-Z Ceramic Nuclear Fuel MaterialMSF 777, 112 (2014)

S. F. Li, R. M. Suter, Adaptive reconstruction method for three-dimensional orientation imagingJ Appl Cryst 46, 512 (2013) 

S. F. Li, J. Lind, C. M. Hefferan, R. Pokharel, U. Lienert, A. D. Rollett, R. M. Suter, Three-dimensional plastic response in polycrystalline copper via near-field high-energy X-ray diffraction microscopy , Journal of Applied Crystallography 45, 1098 (2012)

C. M. Hefferan, J. Lind, S. F. Li, U. Lienert, A. D. Rollett, R. M. Suter, Observation of recovery and recrystallization in high-purity aluminum measured with forward modeling analysis of high-energy diffraction microscopyActa Materialia 60, 4311 (2012)

C. M. Hefferan, S. F. Li, J. Lind, R. M. Suter, Tests of microstructure reconstruction by forward modeling of high energy X-ray diffraction microscopy dataPowder Diffraction 25, 132 (2010)

R. M. Suter, C. M. Hefferan, S. F. Li, D. Hennessy, C. Xiao, U. Lienert, B. Tieman, Probing Microstructure Dynamics With X-Ray Diffraction MicroscopyJournal of Engineering Materials and Technology 130, 021007 (2008)

R. M. Suter, D. Hennessy, C. Xiao, U. Lienert, Forward modeling method for microstructure reconstruction using x-ray diffraction microscopy: Single-crystal verificationReview of Scientific Instruments 77, 123905 (2006)

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