Dr. Virgil Solomon


Smiling businessman posing in a black suit and looking at the camera


Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, with a joint appointment in the Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Program.

Dr. Solomon received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1990) from Gh. Asachi Polytechnic Institute, Iasi, Romania, and his Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering (2002) from Kumamoto University, Japan. From 2002 to 2007 he was post-doctoral fellow at Center for Solid State Science at Arizona State University, where he specialized in materials investigation using electron microscopy. Before joining YSU Dr. Solomon was instrumentation scientist at the Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut. His research interests include materials and process design, and characterization using experimental and numerical methods. He is interested in the study of processing, structure, and performance of shape memory alloys, nanomaterials, and ceramic-metals composites. Recent projects include metal powders processing and characterizations for additive manufacturing applications, optimization of ZnO nanostructures vapor deposition synthesis using CFD modeling, prediction of mechanical and functional behavior of 3D printed components using FEA, failure analysis of ultrasonic and electric resistance welded components. Dr. Solomon has over 30 peer-reviewed publications and he is member of MSA, ASM International, and MSNO.

Selected referred Publications

  • M. Caputo, C. V. Solomon, P.K. Nguyen, and A.E. Berkowitz (2016) Electron Microscopy Investigations of Binder Saturation and Microstructural Defects in Functional Parts Made by Additive Manufacturing, Microscopy and Microanalysis, 22(Suppl. 3), pp. 1770-1771.
  • M.W. Kelly, T.N. Oder, and C.V. Solomon (2015) The Effect of Crystallographic Imperfections on the Photoluminescence of ZnO Thin Films, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 1731, Material Research Society, DOI: 10.1557/opl.2015.268.
  • M. Caputo, M. Krizner, and C.V. Solomon (2015) Investigation of 3D Printing Parameters of Shape Memory Alloy Powders, Contributed Papers for Materials Science and Technology Conference Proceedings (MS&T) 2015, pp. 1669-1675.
  • C.V. Solomon, M. Moro, and A. Yurcho (2013) Microstructural analysis of novel ceramic composites manufactured by reactive metal penetration (RMP), Microscopy and Microanalysis, 19(Suppl. 2), pp. 1890-1891.
  • A. Yurcho, K.M. Peters, B.P. Hetzel, R. Brennan, M. Zeller, T.R. Wagner, and C.V. Solomon (2012) Structural and compositional investigations of ceramic-metal composites produced by reactive metal penetration in molten Al and Al-Fe alloy, Processing and Properties of Advanced Ceramic and Composites IV, Ceramic Transactions, Vol. 234, pp. 211-222.
  • C. Li, C.V. Solomon, P.D. Duris, Lidong Wand, and Limin Wang (2011) Synthesis and characterization of ZnO-In2O3 junction structure, Materials Letters 65, pp. 113-115.
  • C.V. Solomon, D.J. Smith, J.I. Hong, and A.E. Berkowitz (2009) Electron microscopy characterization of Fe-Ga and Fe-Si-B fine particles, Microscopy and Microanalysis 15(Suppl. 2) pp. 112-113.
  • J.I. Hong, F.T. Parker, C.V. Solomon, P. Madras, D.J. Smith, and A.E. Berkowitz (2008) Fabrication of spherical particles with mixed amorphous/crystalline nanostructured cores and insulating oxide shells, Journal of Materials Research, 23(6) pp. 1758-1763.
  • C.V. Solomon, M.H. Bhat, V. Molinero, E. Soignard, S. Sastry, J.L. Yarger, and C.A. Angell (2008) Electron microscopy study of germanium glass vitrified by high pressure melt-quench, Microscopy and Microanalysis 14(Suppl. 2) pp. 1138-1139.
  • M.H. Bhat, V. Molinero, E. Soignard, C.V. Solomon, S. Sastry, J.L. Yarger, and C.A. Angell (2007) Vitrification of a monoatomic metallic liquid, Nature, 448(16 August) pp. 787-790.
  • C.V. Solomon, J.I. Hong, Y.J. Tang, A.E. Berkowitz, and D.J. Smith (2007) Electron microscopy investigation of spark-eroded Ni-Mn-Ga ferromagnetic shape-memory alloy particles, Scripta Materialia 56(7) pp. 593-596.
  • M. Matsuda, D. Hashimoto, C.V. Solomon, and M. Nishida (2006) Morphology and crystallography of Ti2Pd phase precipitated in B2 parent and B19 martensite matrices in Ti-rich Ti-Pd alloys, Materials Science and Engineering A 438-440 pp. 821-824.
  • J.I. Hong, C.V. Solomon, D.J. Smith, F.T. Parker, E.M. Summers, and A.E. Berkowitz (2006) One-step production of optimized Fe-Ga particles by spark erosion, Applied Physics Letters 89(14) 142506.
  • C.V. Solomon, Martha R. McCartney, D.J. Smith, Y.J. Tang, A.E. Berkowitz, and R.C. O’Handley (2005) Magnetic domain configurations in spark-eroded ferromagnetic shape memory Ni-Mn-Ga particles, Applied Physics Letters 86(19) 192503.
  • C.V. Solomon, Martha R. McCartney, Y.J. Tang, A.E. Berkowitz, and D.J. Smith (2005) Morphology, microstructure and magnetic properties of spark-eroded ferromagnetic Ni-Mn-Ga fine particles, Microscopy and Microanalysis 11(Suppl. 2) pp. 1832-1833.
  • C.V. Solomon, D.J. Smith, Y.J. Tang, and A.E. Berkowitz (2004) Microstructural characterization of Ni-Mn-Ga ferromagnetic shape memory alloy powders, Journal of Applied Physics 95(11) pp. 6954-6956.
  • C.V. Solomon and M. Nishida (2003) Morphological and crystallographic aspects of C11b-type precipitates nucleated in martensitic and parent phase matrices in Ti-rich Ti-Pd shape memory alloys, Journal de Physique IV 112 pp. 1039-1042.
  • C.V. Solomon and M. Nishida (2002) Martensitic transformation in Ti-rich Ti-Pd shape memory alloys, Materials Transactions 43(5) pp. 908-915.