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Carelyn Campbell

 Current projects: 

  • Development of informatic tools and repositories for phase-based materials property data, including thermodynamics, diffusion, molar volume, and elastic properties.
  • Development of diffusion mobility descriptions for the Cu-In-Se-Ga system.
  • Development of a reference set of self mobility descriptions for the pure elements.
  • Development of diffusion mobility descriptions for Ni-base superalloys.

Research Interests

Application of multicomponent thermodynamics and diffusion mobilities to predict microstructure evolution in variety of materials, including steels, Ni-base superalloys, CIGS (photovoltaics).

Organizer of the NIST Diffusion Workshop series.




  • Bronze Medal for Superior Federal Service (2010)
  • Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate (1997-1999)

Northwestern University

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (1992-1995)
  • National Science Foundation Travel Scholarship (1994)
  • National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) Chicago Chapter, Science and Engineering Award (1993-1994)
  • Ford Technical Scholar (1990-1992)


  • 6,695,930, “Process for case hardened dies in improving die life,” Kuehmann; Charles J.; Olson; Gregory B.; Wise; John P.; Campbell; Carelyn E. February 24, 2004
  • 6,458,220, “Case hardened steel blades for sports equipment and method of manufacture,” Kuehmann; Charles J.; Bernikowicz; Priscilla A.; Olson; Gregory B.; Wise; John P.; Campbell; Carelyn E., October, 1, 2002.
  • 6,176,946, “Advanced case carburizing secondary hardening steels,” Kuehmann; Charles J.; Olson; Gregory B.; Wise; John P.; Campbell; Carelyn, Jan.23, 2001. 6,635,126, 6,485,582, 6,464,801


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Materials Science and Engineering  Division
Thermodynamics and Kinetics Group

Employment History:

  • 1999-present, Metallurgist, NIST/Metallurgy Division
  • 1997-1999 National Research Council, Postdoctoral Fellowship, completed at NIST/Metallurgy Division
  • 1993-1996 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Materials Design, Northwestern University
  • 1992-1997 Graduate Research Assistant, Northwestern University


1992 B. S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
• Graduated with distinction and departmental honors

1997 Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Thesis: The Systems Design of High Performance Stainless Steels


Phone: 301-975-4920
Email: carelyn.campbell@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-4553