Rainer J. Hebert

Director of Pratt and Whitney Additive Manufacturing Center

Associate Director, Institute of Materials Science


Department of Materials Science and Engineering


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconson-Madison, 2003-2005
  • Post Doctoral Fellow Research Center Karlsruhe, Germany (now: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), 2003-2005
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003

Research Focus

  • Additive manufacturing: alloy development
  • Additive manufacturing: process capabilities
  • Microstructure formation during rapid surface laser glazing
  • Powder characteristics and effects on additive manufacturing


Materials Science and Engineering Program Teaching Award, 2010-2011


Lilia Miller, Kai Zhou, Jiong Tang, Lesley D. Frame, Rainer J. Hebert, Lakshmi Ravi Narayan, S. Pamir Alpay, Alexandra Merkouriou, Jeongho Kim, “Thermomechanical finite element simulation and correlation analysis for orthogonal cutting of normalized AISI 9310 steels”, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology (2021) 114:3337–3356, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-021-07130-2

Hebert RJ, Sun Y, Aindow M, Garboczi EJ, “Three-dimensional particle size, shape, and internal porosity characterization: Application to five similar titanium alloy (Ti–6Al–4V) powders and comparison to two-dimensional measurements”, (2021) Additive Manufacturing 102060

Patel, T.A., Co, K., Hebert, R.J., Alpay, S.P. (2019) “Ferroelectric films on metal substrates: The role of thermal expansion mismatch on dielectric, piezoelectric, and pyroelectric properties”, J. Appl. Phys., vol. 126(13), p. 134103.

Sun, Y., Hung, C.J., Hebert, R.J., Fennessy, C., Tulyani, S., Aindow, M. (2019) “Eutectic microstructures in dilute Al-Ce and Al-Co alloys”, Materials Characterization, vol. 154, 269-276.

Nayak, S.K, Hung, C.J., Hebert, R.J., Alpay, S.P. (2018) “Atomistic origins of Guinier-Preston zone formation and morphology in Al-Cu and Al-Ag alloys from first principles”, Scripta Mater. (in review).

Sahoo, S., Alpay, S.P., Hebert, R.J. (2018) “Surface phase diagrams of titanium in Oxygen, Nitrogen and Hydrogen Environments: A first principles analysis”, Surface Science, vol. 677, 18-25.

Nayak, S.K., Hung, C.J., Sharma, V., Alpay, S.P., Dongare, A.M., Brindley, W., Hebert, R.J., “Point defects in titanium: An ab-initio data mining analysis” npj Computational Materials, 4, Article number: 11 (2018), published online, March 16, 2018.

Sun, Y., Hebert, R.J., Aindow, M. (2018) “Non-metallic inclusions in 17-4PH stainless steel parts produced by selective laser melting”, Materials and Design, vol. 140, 153-162.

Sun, Y., Aindow, M., Hebert, R.J. (2018) “Comparison of virgin Ti-6Al-4V powders for additive manufacturing”, Additive Manufacturing, vol. 21, 544-555.

Khassaf, H., Patel, T., Hebert, R.J., Alpay, S.P. (2018) “Flexocaloric Response of Epitaxial Ferroelectric Films” Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 123, 024102.

Sun, Y., Aindow, M., Hebert, R.J., Langdon, T., Lavernia, E. (2017) “High-pressure torsion induced phase transformations and grain refinement in Al/Ti composites”. J. Mater. Sci, published online, DOI 10.1007/s10853-017-1331-z.

Sun, Y., Aindow, M., Hebert, R.J. (2017) “The Effect of Recycling on the Oxygen Distribution in Ti-6Al-4V Powder for Additive Manufacturing”, Materials at High Temperatures, published online October 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09603409.2017.1389133.

Patel, T., Khassaf, H., Vijayan, S., Bassiri-Gharb, N., Aindow, A., Alpay, S.P., Hebert, R.J. (2016) “Metalorganic solution deposition of lead zirconate titanate films onto an additively manufactured Ni-based superalloy”, Acta Materialia, vol. 122, 352-358.

Hebert, R.J. (2016) “Viewpoint: metallurgical aspects of powder bed metal additive manufacturing”, J Mater Sci, vol. 51, 1165-1175 (invited, first issue of Journal of Materials Science with viewpoint articles).

Hebert, R.J., Perpezko, J.H., Rösner, H., Wilde, G. (2016) “Deformation-driven catalysis of nanocrystallization in amorphous Al alloys”, Beilstein J. Nanotechnol., vol. 7, 1428-1433.

Vaidya, S., Zhang, L., Maddala M., Hebert, R., Wright, J., Shukla, A., Kim, J.-H. (2015) “Quasi-static response of sandwich steel beams with corrugated cores”, Engr Struct, vol. 97, 80-89.

Wright, J., Hebert, R., Maddala, D., Shukla, A. (2015) “Experimental study on the response of graded corrugated steel armor to shock loading”, Meccanica, vol. 50(2), 479-492.

Rainer Hebert
Contact Information
Mailing Address25 King Hill Road, Unit 3136, Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office LocationScience 1 - MZ1019/MZ107