Linn W. Hobbs

  • Professor Emeritus of Materials Science
  • Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering
  • B.Sc. Materials Science, Northwestern University, 1966
  • D.Phil. Materials, Oxford University, 1972

Biotechnology; Ceramics; Material Culture

Linn W. Hobbs


Prof. Hobbs' research activities center on characterization, using electron microscopy and diffraction methods, of atomic and extended defect structures and microstructures of inorganic non-metals introduced by radiation, implantation, or chemically-driven compositional change.

A major program of his addresses the effects of strong radiation fields, such as found in nuclear reactors, radioactive waste storage, or ion implantation, on the microstructural integrity of ceramics and semiconductors. An important emphasis of this effort is on radiation-induced crystal-to-glass transformations and on the description and modelling of glass structure using topological and combinatorial approaches. A second major program focuses on the microstructural evolution of oxide and sulfide scales formed as corrosion products during high-temperature corrosion of metals. Materials studied include high-temperature alloys for jet engines and energy production and lightweight intermetallic compounds for aerospace applications. A third program addresses characterization of the interfaces between orthopedic and prosthodontic implant materials and natural bone tissue.

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L. W. Hobbs, Mangin, S., Rosen, V., Treska, M., and Hunter, G., “Oxidation Microstructures and Interfaces in the Oxidized Zirconium Knee”, International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, vol. 2. pp. 221-246, 2005.


M. Treska, Hobbs, L. W., and Pemsler, J. P., “Oxidation Protection for Carbon-Carbon Composites at 1600 - 2000\textdegreeC”, \textquotedblleftInnovative Processing and Synthesis of Ceramics, Glasses and Composites III", vol. 108. pp. 581-590, 2000.


J. P. Pemsler, Hobbs, L. W., and Treska, M., “Protecting Carbon-Carbon Composites with Carbon Fiber Reinforced Diffusion Barriers: Protocol, Reactions and Interfaces.”, Gordon Research Conference on \textquotedblleftCorrosion Dry". 1997.
B. A. Pint, Treska, M., and Hobbs, L. W., “The Effect of Various Oxide Dispersions on Phase Composition and Morphology of Al2O3 Scales Grown on *-NiAl.”, Oxidation of Metals, vol. 47. pp. 1-19, 1997.


M. Treska, Hobbs, L. W., and Pemsler, J. P., “Carbon Fiber Reinforced Diffusion Barriers for Oxidation Protection of Carbon-Carbon Composite Materials at 1600 - 2000°C.”, Proc. of the 3rd International Conference on the Microscopy of Oxidation, vol. 16. pp. 710-720, 1996.