University of Notre Dame College of Engineering
C-SWARM | Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials


Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials

Portrait of Joshua PaulsJoshua Pauls

Graduate Student
University of Notre Dame

V&V/UQ and Experimental Physics Team

Field(s) of Interest

Reactive Energetic Materials, Combustion Synthesis, Electron Microscopy, Solid-state Phase Transitions

Description of Your Work/Project in C-SWARM

Member of the Experimental Physics/Verification & Validation Team, Characterization of Reaction Mechanisms, Reaction Kinetics, Microstructure/Reactivity Relationships

NNSA Laboratory Visit Information:

During summer 2017, Joshua Pauls completed a 10-week visit to Lawrence Livermore National Lab, where he used the Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope to investigate fast reaction kinetics and phase behavior for multilayer sputter deposited reactive films (Ni-Al and TiN-3B). His work was in the Materials Science Division and was supervised by Dr. Joseph McKeown.



Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Field of Study:

Combustion Synthesis

Degree Being Pursued:


Academic Advisor:

Dr. Alexander Mukasyan

Degree(s) Held:

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Tulsa

M.S. Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Notre Dame

Selected Publications

  1. J.M. Pauls, C.E. Shuck, A.S. Rogachev, A.S. Mukasyan, “Micro-heterogeneous regimes for gasless combustion of composite materials” Comb. Sci. & Tech. 190 (5), 893-908, 2018.

  2. Shock-induced reaction synthesis of cubic boron nitride. M. T. Beason, J.M. Pauls, I.E. Gunduz, S. Rouvimov, K.V. Manukyan, K. Matouš, S.F. Son, A. Mukasyan, Applied Physics Letters, 112: 171903 (2018).

  3. A.S. Mukasyan, C.E. Shuck, J.M. Pauls, K.V. Manukyan, D.O. Moskovskikh, A.S. Rogachev, “The Solid Flame Phenomenon: A Novel Perspective” Adv. Eng. Mater. 2018, 1701065.

  4. C.E. Shuck, J.M. Pauls and A.S. Mukasyan, “Ni/Al Energetic Nanocomposites and the Solid Flame Phenomenon”, J. Phys. Chem. C., 120(47), 27066-27078 (2016).