University of California, Riverside

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Reza Abbaschian

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Reza Abbaschian

William R. Johnson, Jr. Family Professor,
and Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Reza Abbaschian

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering
University of California, Berkeley, 1971

Winston Chung Hall, Suite 446
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-6374
Facsimile: 951-827-3188
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Reza Abbaschian's tenure as Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering and Distinguished Professor and William R.  Johnson, Jr. Professor was from  September 2005 to July 2016.  Prior to his appointment at UCR, Dr. Abbaschian was the Vladimir A. Grodsky Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida, where he also served as Chair of the Department for 16 years. During his tenure, the Department rose to a U.S. News & World Report top-ten ranking for both undergraduate and graduate education. 

 Dr. Abbaschian received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, M.S. in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University, and BSc in mining and metallurgy from Tehran University.  He has published more than 250 scientific articles on subjects ranging from metal processing to composites, solidification and high temperature-high pressure growth of jewelry diamonds, which led to the formation of Gemesis Diamond Company.  He holds five patents and eight patent disclosures and has authored eight books, including the recently published fourth edition of Physical Metallurgy Principles.

 Dr. Abbaschian is a past President of ASM International, the largest materials society.  His awards include the TMS Educator Award, Structural Material Division’s Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award, TMS Leadership Award, ASEE Donald E. Marlowe Award, Davis Productivity Award of the State of Florida, and the Albert Sauveur Achievement Award which he received on October 2013 in Montreal, Canada.  The award recognized him as "outstanding scientist and researcher in solidification fundamentals and materials processing, educator and leader in advancing the materials profession." He has been elected a Fellow of ASM, TMS and AAAS.

Research Areas

The emphasis of Dr. Abbaschian's research is the fundamental understanding of the role of interfaces on the processing and/or properties of material. Current projects involve investigations in solidification, high pressure-high temperature growth of diamond crystals, and electromagnetic levitation processing of alloys.

Selected Publications

  • S. Amini, J. Garay, G. Liu, A. Balandin and R. Abbaschian: “Growth of the Large-Area Graphene Films from the Metal-Carbon Melts”, Journal of Applied Physics, 2010, Vol. 108, No. 9, 7 pages.
  • J. Kim, D. Kim, H. Zhu and R. Abbaschian:  “High Pressure and High Temperature Annealing on Nitrogen Aggregation in Lab-Grown Diamonds”, Journal of Material Science, 2011, Vol. 46, 6264-6272.
  • S. Amini, H. Kalaantari, J. Garay, A. Balandin and R.
    Abbaschian:  “Growth of Graphene and Graphite Nanocrystals from a Molten Phase”, Journal of Material Science, 2011, Vol. 46, 6255-6263.
  • J. Kim and R. Abbaschian:  “Influence on Solidification Variables on the Microporosity Formation on Al-Cu (4.5 wt%) Alloy with Axial Heat Processing”, Journal of Material Science, 2011, Vol. 46, 6213-6223.
  • H. Kalaantari, S. Amini, J. Hong and R. Abbaschian:  “Investigating the Effects of Bulk Supercooling and Rapid Solidification on Co-Ni-Ga Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloys”, Journal of Material Science, 2011, Vol. 46, 6224-6234.

  • A. Munitz, A. Venkert, P. Landau, M. J. Kaufman and R. Abbaschian:  “Microstructure and Phase Selection in Supercooled Copper Alloys Exhibiting Metastable Liquid Miscibility Gaps”, Journal of Materials Science, 2012, Vol. 10, 7955-7970.

  • A. Munitz, M.J., Kaufman, J.P. Chandler, H. Kalaantari and R. Abbaschian:  “Melt Separation Phenomena in CoNiCuAlCr High Entropy Alloy Containing Silver”, Materials Science & Engineering A, 2012, 636-642.

  • S. Amini, H. Kalaantari, S. Mojgani and R. Abbaschian, Graphite crystals grown within electromagnetically levitated metallic droplets, Acta Materialia, 2012, Vol. 60, 7123-7131.

  • S. Amini and R. Abbaschian, Synthesis of curved graphene layers on metallic dendrites, Materials Letters, 2012,Vol. 88, 129-131.

  • S. Amini and R. Abbaschian, Nucleation and Growth Kinetics of Graphene Layers from a Molten Phase, Journal of Carbon, 2013, Vol. 51, 110-123.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

College Information

Bourns College of Engineering
446 Winston Chung Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5190
Fax: (951) 827-3188