Professor & Associate Chair for Materials Science
Professor Flores joined the Ohio State University faculty as an assistant professor in 2002, and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2008. She joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2012.
In 2005, Professor Flores received two prestigious early-career awards for her research on bulk metallic glasses; a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. She has been invited to present her research at numerous international conferences, including the last six International Conferences on Bulk Metallic Glass.
In addition to her research, from 2008-2012 Professor Flores was the Director of Education and Outreach for the Center for Emergent Materials, the NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Ohio State University. In 2011, she was a co-recipient of an Ohio Faculty Innovator Award for her efforts to improve undergraduate instruction in materials science and engineering.
Professor Flores’s primary research interest is the mechanical behavior of structural materials, with particular emphasis on understanding structure-processing-property relationships in bulk metallic glasses and their composites.
She leads research projects on topics ranging from investigations of the structural origins of plastic deformation in metallic glasses to the design of new glasses with desirable properties and the development of new manufacturing techniques suited to the unique processing capabilities of these alloys, in an effort to accelerate their incorporation in mainstream and high performance applications.
A. Bharathula and K.M. Flores, Variability in yield strength of a metallic glass at micron and sub-micron length scales, Acta Materialia 59, 7199 (2011).
H. Sun and K.M. Flores, Spherulitic crystallization behavior of a metallic glass at high heating rates, Intermetallics 19, 1538 (2011).
A. Bharathula, S.-W. Lee, W.J. Wright, and K.M. Flores, Compression testing of metallic glass at small length scales: Effects on deformation mode and stability, Acta Materialia 50, 5789 (2010).
H. Sun and K.M. Flores, Microstructural Analysis of a Laser-Processed Zr-Based Bulk Metallic Glass, Metall. and Mater. Trans. A 41A, 1752 (2010).
Y.C. Lim, K.A. Altman, D.F. Farson, and K.M. Flores, Micropillar fabrication on bovine cortical bone by direct-write femtosecond laser ablation, J. of Biomedical Optics 14, 064021 (2009).