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Our mission is research and graduate training which explore the fundamentals of materials' behavior.  We focus on understanding these fundamentals both from a materials science and a mechanical engineering perspective. Students in Professor Quesnel's Research Group, most often specializing in Materials Science or in the materials related aspects of Mechanical Engineering, work on problems relating to stress corrosion cracking of metals, electrochemical phenomena and computer simulation of molecular interfaces in order to gain new insight into these process.  The research is exciting, and timely, providing an excellent background for employment in materials science and mechanical engineering, either as a faculty member or as an industrial scientist.  Alumni of the Quesnel Group hold a wide variety of these positions.


June 15, 2015 --

Xinlu (Hailey) Shen has started working in our group. Please welcome her. We will have our Tuesday Afternoon meetings tomorrow (schedule below) with a social meeting at 12:15 pm .

You need to send me a PDF of your completion Certificate for the Laboratory Safety Training so that I can submit them for my lab group. These need to be done annually. So far, I have: Guangran, Naomi, and Ke




The Xerox Fellows MidSummer BBQ will be on Friday, June 26 from 12-3 PM at Genesee Valley Park (Canalside Shelter). There will be great food, games, networking and photos.  We require all fellows to attend, and hope that you and a couple members of your lab and/or research team will also join us. We ask that you please RSVP for you and any additional guest(s) to diamonique.ballard@rochester.edu by June 17.

Just let me know if you will attend And I will RSVP for our Grouip. We can walk over together. It is a nice time so please come.

so Far, the RSVP includes: DJQ, BB, PP,  



Weekly Meeting Schedule           Summer 2015

Name           Meetings with Dr. Q at his office on Tuesday Afternoons
Social        12:15-12:30 (usually with cookies in lab conference rm)
Ke              12:30
Ivy             1:00  (when she returns in July—Ke will meet here until then)
Mike          1:30
Rohit                   2:00
Maria         2:30 (via phone call)
Brandall     3:00
Peter           3:15
Hailey        3:30
Naomi        3:45
Guangran   4:00

Meetings complete by 4:30 pm.




As you can see from the old news below, it has been a while since updates were made and lot of stuff happened that never made the news. We will probably start by including a few highlights of recent activity as a summary. I also want new people to provide a photo suitable for the website (keep in mind future employers will see this) and a two sentence description of what you are doing. Email these to me. More senior students can also update the photo and description of their work by emailing the changes to DJQ. Any suggestions on how to update the website and improve it are welcome.


Our newest news is that two new MS students and 4 new undergraduates have joined our group:

The undergraduates are: Brandall Bernal, Naomi Sherman, Peter Pilarz, and Xinlu (Hailey) Shen.

The MS students are Guangan Zhang and Ke Wang.


Old News:

8/27/2013: Congratulations Rohit! Rohit successfully defended his thesis; Ultrasonic Characterization of Crack Propagation. Descripition: An automated, in-situ, ultrasound based quantitative nondestructive evaluation technique for measuring crack propagation in solids. It is capable of measuring crack propagation within a peak accuracy of 8 microns.
Summer 2013: Mike attended the Computational Chemistry and Materials Science Institute (CCMS) at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. While there, he worked with Dr. Vince Lordi to use first principles Density Functional Theory methods to model extended crystal defects in CdTe crystals. They were searching for evidence of "gap states" which can trap mobile charge carriers and lower the efficiency of CdTe based photovoltaic devices. He learned a lot during the experience and would recommend it to other students interested in computational materials science.
Summer 2013: Maria spent the 2013 summer working at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, West Virginia under the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program of the Department of Energy, Fossil Energy Office.  More information here.
10/15/12: Rohit presented a talk on 'Ultrasonic Characterization of Environmentally Assisted Cracking' presented at MS&T 2012 (jointly organized by ACerS, AIST, TMS and NACE) held in Pittsburgh, PA.
06/01/2011: An abstract titled "The Effect of SiC Particles on the Microstructure and Corrosion Property of Friction Stir Welded Al 5083 Alloy" by collaborating professor Seung-Boo Jung and his research group has been accepted to the Marine Corrosion symposium at the NACE 2012 Conference. Congratulations!
05/26/2011: An abstract based on Yingrui's work on simulation has been accepted for the NACE Corrosion 2012 Conference & Expo . Read the abstract here.
05/09/2011: Professor Quesnel will be representing QGroup at the ECI International Symposium on the Environmental Damage in Structural Materials Under Static/Cyclic Loads at Ambient Temperatures in Krakow, Poland in August. Two papers from the group, Effects of NaCl, pH and Potential on the Static Creep Behavior of AA1100 and Effects of Heat Treatment, Solution Concentration, pH, and Stress Intensity on Stress Corrosion Cracking of AA5083, have been reviewed and accepted for presentation.
05/04/2011: An abstract written by Grad Student Theresa Wan and Professor Quesnel has been accepted for presentation at the Materials Science & Technology 2011 Conference & Exhibition. The abstract can be viewed here.
03/09/2011: Grad Student Jie Gao has earned his Ph.D. Congratulations Jie, and good luck in your new job!
01/20/2011: The lighter side of Stress Corrosion Cracking: On Stress Corrosion


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