Melanie Kirkham

Melanie Kirkham

Position: Scientific Associate

Beamline: BL-11A

Instrument: Powder Diffractometer

Facility: Spallation Neutron Source


Phone: (615) 420-0202


Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009

M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2005

B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2002


Thermoelectrics; Battery electrodes; Energy-related materials; One-dimensional nanostructures; Carbon materials; In-situ and non-ambient X-ray and neutron diffraction.

Selected Publications

“Thermoelectric properties of Au-containing type-I clathrates Ba8ZuxGa16-3xGe30+2x” Zuxin Ye, Jung Young Cho, Misle M. Tessema, James R. Salvador, Richard A. Waldo, Jihui Yang, Hsin Wang, W. Cai, M.J. Kir​kham, Jiong Yang and Wenqing Zhang, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, v. 587, p. 747-754 (2014).

“The thermal expansion coefficient as a key design parameter for thermoelectric materials and its relationship to processing-dependent bloating” Jennifer E. Ni, Eldon D. Case, Robert D. Schmidt, Chun-I Wu, Timothy P. Hogan, Rosa M. Trejo, Melanie J. Kirkham, Edgar Lara-Curzio and Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Journal of Materials Science, v. 48, p. 6233-6244 (2013).​

​“Ab Initio Determination of Crystal Structures of the Thermoelectric Material MgAgSb” Melanie Kirkham, Antonio Dos Santos, Claudia Rawn, Edgar Lara-Curzio, Jeff W. Sharp and Alan Thompson, Physical Review B, v. 85, p. 144120 (2012).

“Physical and Mechanical Properties of Barium Alkali Silicate Glasses for SOFC Sealing Applications” Rosa Trejo, Edgar Lara-Curzio, Amit Shyam, Melanie Kirkham, Valerie Garcia-Negron and Yanli Wang, International Journal of Applied Glass Science, v. 3, no. 4, p. 369-379 (2012).​

“In Situ XRD of Thin Film Tin Electrodes for Lithium Ion Batteries” Kevin Rhodes, Roberta Meisner, Melanie Kirkham, Nancy Dudney and Claus Daniel, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, v. 159, p. A294-299 (2012).​

“Characterization of Impurity Doping and Stress in Si/Ge and Ge/Si Core-Shell Nanowires” Naoki Fukata, Masanori Mitome, Takashi Sekiguchi, Yoshio Bando, Melanie Kirkham, Jung-Il Hong, Zhong Lin Wang and Robert Snyder, ACS Nano, v. 6, no.10, p. 8887-8895 (2012).​

“High-Temperature Order/Disorder Transition in the Thermoelectric Cu3SbSe3” Melanie Kirkham, Paul Majsztrik, Erick Skoug, Donald Morelli, Hsin Wang, Wallace D. Porter, E. Andrew Payzant and Edgar Lara-Curzio, Journal of Materials Research focus issue on Advances in Thermoelectric Materials, v. 26, no. 15, p. 2001-2005 (2011).

“Tracking the Catalyzed Growth Process of Nanowires by In-Situ X-Ray Diffraction” Melanie Kirkham, Zhong Lin Wang and Robert L. Snyder, Journal of Applied Physics, v. 108, p. 014304 (2010).​

“In-Situ Growth Kinetics of ZnO Nanobelts” Melanie Kirkham, Zhong Lin Wang and Robert L. Snyder, Nanotechnology, v. 19, p. 445708 (2008).​

“Solid Au Nanoparticles as a Catalyst for Growing Aligned ZnO Nanowires: A New Understanding of the Vapour–Liquid–Solid Process” Melanie Kirkham, Xudong Wang, Zhong Lin Wang and Robert L. Snyder, Nanotechnology, v. 18, p. 365304 (2007).

Awards, Honors and Memberships

​ASM, International

Emerging Professionals Committee (2012-present)

Oak Ridge Chapter Chair (2013-2014)

Univ. Tennessee Student Chapter Treasurer (2002-2003)

American Crystallography Association

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society