Kinga A Unocic

Kinga A Unocic

Research Staff Scientist


Dr. Kinga Unocic is a Materials Scientist in Microscopy and Corrosion Science and Technology Groups. She received her Master's degree in Metallurgical Engineering from AGH University of Science and Technology (2002) (Poland), and a M.S. and a Ph.D. (2009) in Materials Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University. She has been at ORNL since Fall 2009. She uses analytical electron microscopy (including TEM/STEM, EDS, EELS, OIM, FIB-SEM) for studying the performance and reliability of materials under extreme conditions, including the durability of magnesium and aluminum alloys. She has been working on applying new capability of in situ environmental studies utilizing the Protochips Inc. gas-cell ability using TEM that allows heating the specimen up to 1000°C in various gasses to investigate high-temperature oxidation of NiAl alloys at the atomic level, in order to clarify the existing theory of the oxidation mechanism. Unocic is the recipient of the 2010 Young Leader Award from The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS).


• 2014 Women in Materials Science and Engineering Committee Travel Grant for TMS Diversity Summit
• 2010 TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award
• 2007 International Metallographic Contest Best in Show, Jacquet-Lucas Award for Excellence in Metallography: K.A. Unocic
and G.S. Daehn, "TEM Sample Preparation Method for Grain Boundary Phase Identification in Al-Mg alloys"
• 1st in Class Honors in Metallurgical Engineering, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland, (1997-2002)
• Academic Scholar and Sportswoman of the Year Award 1998/1999, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow,


1. K.A. Unocic, D. T. Hoelzer and B. A. Pint, The Microstructure and environmental resistance of low Cr ODS FeCrAl, Materials at High Temperatures, 32, No 1–2, (2015) 123-132.
2. RW. Atkinson III, S.St. John, O. Dyck, K.A. Unocic, R.R. Unocic, C.S. Burke, J.W. Cisco, C.A. Rice, T.A. Zawodzinski, A.B.
Papandrew, Supportless, Bismuth-Modified Palladium Nanotubes with Improved Activity and Stability for Formic Acid
Oxidation, ACS Catalysis, 5 (2015) 5154-5163.
3. M. Taborga Claure, S.-H. Chai, S. Dai, K.A. Unocic, F.M. Alamgir, P.K. Agrawal, C.W. Jones, Tuning of higher alcohol selectivity and productivity in CO hydrogenation reactions over K/MoS2 domains supported on mesoporous activated carbon and mixed MgAl oxide, Journal of Catalysis 324 (2015) 88–97.
4. M.P. Brady, M. Fayek, H.M. Meyer III, D.N. Leonard, H.H. Elsentriecy, K.A. Unocic, L.M. Anovitz, E. Cakmak, J.R. Keiser, G.L. Song and B. Davis Tracer Study of Oxygen and Hydrogen Uptake by Mg Alloys in Air with Water Vapor, Scripta Materialia 106 (2015) 38–41.
5. K.A. Unocic, D.N. Leonard, and B.A. Pint, Effect of boron on the oxidation behavior of NiCrAlYHfTi in H2O and CO2 environments, Surface & Coatings Technology 260 (2014) 17–22.
6. K.A. Unocic, H. Wang, J.P Shingledecker, and P.F. Tortorelli, Microstructural Changes in Inconel® 740 after Long-Term Aging in the Presence and Absence of Stress, Journal of the Minerals Metals & Materials Society, JOM, Vol. 66, No. 12 ( 2014) 2537-2542 (invited).
7. K.A. Unocic and B.A. Pint, Alloying and coating strategies for improved Pb-Li compatibility in DEMO-type fusion reactors, Journal of Nuclear Materials 455 (2014) 330–334.
8. K.A. Unocic and B. A. Pint, Effect Of Environment On The
High Temperature Oxidation Behavior Of 718 And 718plus, 8th International Symposium on Superalloy 718 and Derivatives, MS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society) (2014) 609-619.

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