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Kenneth F. Kelton

Arthur Holly Compton Professor in Arts and Sciences

Office Contact Information

354 Compton

Physics Department, CB 1105
Washington University
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA

(314) 935-6228
(314) 935-4654
(314) 935-6219

Research Interests

  • Study and Production of Titanium-Based Quasicrystals and Related Phases
  • Fundamental Investigations of Time-Dependent Nucleation Processes
  • Modeling of Oxygen Precipitation in Single Crystal Silicon
  • Structure of Amorphous Materials
  • Relation between Structure and Nucleation Barrier
  • Hydrogen Storage in Quasicrystals





1983 Ph.D., Harvard University


Professional History

Dr. Kelton received his B.S. in Mathematics from Arkansas Polytechnic College graduating magna cum laude and his masters in Physics from the University of Tennessee; his thesis was entitled "Kinetic Properties of Thin Film Solid Solution Gold (Calcium) Alloys Prepared by Simultaneous Vapor Deposition, P. G. Huray - Thesis Advisor. In 1980 he received his M.S. in Applied Physics at Harvard University and in 1983 his Ph.D. in Applied Physics also from Harvard University. His doctoral thesis title - "Electrical Resistivity Measurements of Structural Relaxation and Crystallization and Transient Nucleation in Amorphous Metals," F. Spaepen - Thesis Advisor.

From 1983 to the present Dr. Kelton has served as: a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Division of Applied Sciences at Harvard University, Assistant Professor of Physics at Washington University, Associate Professor of Metallurgy and Materials Science at Washington University, Associate Professor of Physics at Washington University, Adjunct Senior Investigator, Graduate Center for Materials Research at the University of Missouri at Rolla, Professor of Metallurgy and Materials Science at Washington University, Consultant MEMC Corporation and ABB/Alstom, Inc. and Professor of Physics at Washington University. He was installed as the Arthur Holly Compton Professor in Arts & Sciences in October, 2006. He served as the Chair of the Physics Department from July 2007 through June 2012. In July 2013, he became the inaugural director of the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, a PhD granting institute that sits in both the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.


Honors and Awards

2010 ISMANAM Senior Scientist Award (International Symposium on Amorphous, Nanocrystalline and Metastable Materials)
2008 Hall of Distinction, Arkansas Tech University
2005 Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society
2003 Overseas Visiting Scholar, St. Johns' College, Cambridge University
2003 Invited Visiting Professor Université de Cergy-Pointoise, France
1998-present U. S. Regional Editor, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids
1993 SERC Visiting Fellow, Cambridge University, Cambridge UK
1993 Fellow Commoner, Churchill College, Cambridge University, Cambridge UK