University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering

Javier Garay

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Javier Garay

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Chair, Materials Science and Engineering Program
Javier Garay

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering
University of California, Davis, 2004

Bourns Hall A303
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-2449
Facsimile: 951-827-2899
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Former Institutions: None


Javier Garay received his Ph.D. from UC Davis in 2004, with a major in Materials Science and Engineering and a minor in Solid State Physics. During his doctoral research, he collaborated with scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. At UCR he is involved in the production of advanced multifunctional materials including nano-materials, ceramic composites and intermetallics through powder consolidation and current activated techniques. He is a member of the Materials Research Society (MRS),The Minerals Metals and Materials Society (TMS) and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS).


  • Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering 2004 University of California, Davis


  • NSF Early Career Development Award, 2009
  • Young Investigator Award from the Army Research Office, 2005.
  • Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, 2008.

Research Areas

Dr. Garay's research interest is in the broad area of advanced material processing and synthesis with a particular interest in bulk nanocrystalline materials. Processing techniques include electric field assisted material synthesis, spark plasma sintering (SPS) and physical vapor deposition (PVD). He is also interested in fundamental investigations of solid-state processes including mass transport, nucleation, electric current effects and defects in materials. Other research areas include material testing and characterization including magnetic, optical, electrical and mechanical property characterization, and positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS). Currently his main research directions are bulk nanocrystalline oxides and nanocomposites for optical, thermoelectric and magnetic applications.

Selected Publications

  • J. Xu, S. R. Casolco and J. E. Garay, “Effect of varying displacement rates on the densification of nanostructured zirconia by current activation.” J. Am. Ceram. Soc. (2009), 92, 1506-1513.
  • J. R. Morales, J. E. Garay, M. Biasini and W. P. Beyermann, “Magnetic characterization of bulk nanostructured iron oxides.” Applied Physics Letters (2008), 93, 022511.
  • S. R. Casolco, J. Xu and J. E. Garay, “Transparent/translucent polycrystalline nanostructured yttria stabilized zirconia with varying colors.” Scripta Materialia (2008) 58, 516-519.
  • X. Wang, S. R. Casolco, G. Xu and J. E. Garay, “Finite Element Modeling of Electric Current Activated Sintering: The effect of coupled electrical potential, temperature and stress.” Acta Materialia (2007), 55, 3611-3622.
  • G.D. Zhan, J. E. Garay and A. K. Mukherjee, “Ultralow-temperature superplasticity in nanoceramic composites.” Nano Letters (2005), 5, 2593-2597.
  • J. E. Garay, S. C. Glade, U. Anselmi-Tamburini, P. Asoka-Kumar, and Z. A. Munir, "Electric Current Enhanced Defect Mobility in Ni3Ti Intermetallics", Applied Physics Letters (2004), 85(4), 573-575
  • J. E. Garay, U. Anselmi-Tamburini, and Z. A. Munir, "Enhanced Growth of Intermetallic Phases in the Ni-Ti System by Current Effects", Acta Materialia (2003) 51, 4487-4495.

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University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
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Bourns College of Engineering
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