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Fernando L. Reyes Tirado

I grew up in Puerto Rico and earned my bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM). While at the UPRM, I worked with the synthesis and characterization of aluminum matrix composites reinforced with AlB2 particles. I also had the opportunity to work multiple terms as a Materials intern in the NASA Pathways Internship Program at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). I was involved in projects working with Shape Memory Alloys Self-Healing (SMASH), and materials/failure analysis among others. I enjoy kayaking, going to the beach and visiting new places.

For My PhD Research, I will be working with freeze-casting of metal foams for structural and energy applications. Specifically, I will be working to create iron scaffolds with architectures designed to maintain their integrity during redox cycles. This could enable the development of very low-cost and non-toxic iron-air rechargeable batteries for large-scale grid storage.


Freeze-casting of metal foams


B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez


Phone: 847.467.5416
Fax: N/A
Address: Materials Science & Eng
2220 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

Select Honors

  1. GEM Associate Fellow 2015     


  1. M. Corchado, F. Reyes, O. M. Suarez, “Effects of AlB2 Particles and Zinc on the Absorbed Impact Energy of Gravity Cast Aluminum Matrix Composites,” JOM, Vol. 66, Issue 6 (2014), pp. 926 – 934.


September 16, 2016