Kenneth F. Kelton

The Arthur Holly Compton Professor in Arts & Sciences and Director of the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering


Kenneth Kelton is an expert in a phenomenon called nucleation, which is the most common way that physical systems change from one phase to another and is a governing process in nearly all phase transformations. Kelton has a long history of collaboration with Patrick Gibbons, Ph.D., professor of physics in Arts & Sciences at Washington University, and with William E. Buhro, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and associate director of the university's new Center for Materials Innovation (CMI). Kelton is a charter member of the center. Kelton and Buhro are making metallic glasses from which nanocrystals and nanocomposites can be made. Kelton is also exploring ways to tailor physical microstructures for advanced magnetic applications and studying magnetic properties and crystallization in metallic glasses.

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