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Krishnamurti Natesan

Argonne Distinguished Fellow - Group Leader, Corrosion and Mechanics of Materials


Dr. Natesan is an Argonne National Laboratory Distinguished Fellow in the Nuclear Science and Engineering Division. He has been a principal investigator at Argonne National Laboratory in corrosion and mechanical property areas and has developed extensive research, development, and design information.

He has devoted his entire career in investigating the performance of metals, ceramics, composites, and coatings in the hostile environments of various energy systems. These systems include advanced sodium-cooled fast breeder nuclear reactors, coal-fired combustion and gasification, open-cycle magnetohydrodynamics systems, and Tokomac fusion reactor. Natesan, in both his theoretical and experimental studies, has correlated fundamental mechanistic behavior of materials to predict long-term performance of materials and components in practical applications.

Professional Societies

Dr. Natesan is a member of the American Institute of Metallurgical Engineers, National Association of Corrosion Engineers, ASM International, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been a technical reviewer for the Corrosion Journal, J. Electrochemical Society, J. Nuclear Materials and serves on the editorial board of Journal of Materials Engineering. He is a FELLOW of NACE and ASM International.

Publications and Patents

Dr. Natesan has published over 350 technical articles and edited 3 books and was awarded 4 patents.


M.S. and Ph.D. in Metallurgy and Materials Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.