James A Haynes

Group Leader

Dr. Haynes joined ORNL as research staff in April 1998. His early career interests focused on development, fabrication, characterization, and oxidation testing of high temperature protective coating systems, with a particular emphasis on coatings for gas turbine engine applications (including thermal barrier coatings, aluminide bond coatings, and environmental barrier coatings). His interests have evolved into group leadership, staff development, and research program management centered around accelerated development and synthesis of advanced structural materials for extreme environments.  


  • Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham (1997)
  • M.S. Materials Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham (1994)

Research Experience:

  • Group Leader, Materials Processing Group (2018-present) at ORNL
  • Manager, DOE Vehicle Technologies Powertrain Materials Core Program (2018- present) at ORNL, PNNL and ANL
  • Manager, ORNL Propulsion Materials Program under DOE Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO, 2012-2018)
  • Group Leader, Materials Processing & Joining Group (2016-2018) at ORNL
  • Group Leader, Surface Processing & Mechanics Group (2014-2016) at ORNL
  • Program Manager for the USMC Corrosion Prevention and Control Program at ORNL (2010-2012)
  • Part-time research staff, Surface Processing & Mechanics Group (2002-2009) at ORNL
  • Research staff, Surface Processing & Mechanics Group (1998-2002) at ORNL
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Surface Processing & Mechanics Group (1997-1998)
  • High Temperature Materials Laboratory Graduate Fellow at ORNL (1993-1997)

 Professional Activities, Awards & Recent Accomplishments:

  • 2018 ORNL UT-Battelle Award for Research Team Accomplishment (Development of ACMZ alloys)
  • 2018, PI for $30M/5 year award from DOE VTO for the Powertrain Materials Core Program
  • 2018, PI for $3.2M/2 year LDRD award for Ultra High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) Systems
  • 2017 R&D 100 Award: ACMZ (AlCuMnZr) Cast Aluminum Alloys
  • 2016 ORNL Significant Event Award
  • 2015 R&D 100 Award: Multifunctional Superhydrophobic Transparent Glass Coating
  • ASM International (Oak Ridge Chair, 2016-2017)
  • TMS
  • SAE