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Kristen Scotti

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and earned my bachelor’s degree from Northwestern. My undergraduate research, advised by Prof. David Dunand, focused on investigating the effect of gravity on microstructures templated during solidification using the freeze-casting technique. Solidification experiments were conducted during three parabolic flight campaigns with NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. For my PhD research, I will be working with Prof. David Dunand and Prof. Peter Voorhees to conduct longer-term microgravity experiments on the freeze-casting process and to build computational models that describe processing-structure-property relationships in freeze-cast materials.


Freeze-casting in microgravity


B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University





Select Honors

  1. 2012 Jack Kent Cooke Scholar
  2. 2011 NASA Aerospace Scholar


  1. Scotti, K.L. & Dunand, D.C. (2017). Freeze Casting – A review of processing, microstructure and properties via the open data repository, Submitted to: Progress in Materials Science.
  2. Scotti, K.L., Northard, E.E., Plunk, A., Tappan, B.C., & Dunand, D.C. (2017). Directional solidification of aqueous TiO2 suspensions under reduced gravity. Acta Materialia, 124, 608-619.


July 23, 2013