Jeffrey Shield

Contact Information:

City Campus (Lincoln)
W339 NH
(402) 472-2378

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Department Chair
Robert W. Brightfelt Professor of Engineering

Academic Degrees

  • 1992 - Ph.D., Metallurgy, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • 1987 - B.S., Metallurgical Engineering (High Honors), South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, S.D.


Work Experience:

  • 2008-Present Chair 
    Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering 
    University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • 2007-present Professor Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • 2001-2007 Associate Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • 2002-present Director, Central Facility for Metallurgical and Materials Characterization Center for Materials Research and Analysis University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • 1999-2001 Associate Professor Department of Materials Science and Engineering University of Utah
  • 1993-1999 Assistant Professor Department of Materials Science and Engineering University of Utah
  • 1993-2001 Director, Materials Characterization Facility Department of Materials Science and Engineering University of Utah
  • 1992-1993 Associate Metallurgist Ames Laboratory, USDOE, Ames, Iowa


  1. 1. O. Buck, J.E. Shield, et al., “Nondestructive Detection of an Undesirable Metallic Phase, T1, During Processing of Aluminum-Lithium Alloys,” U.S. Patent No. 4947117.
  2. J.E. Shield, et al., “Method of Making Quasicrystal Alloy Powder, Protective Coatings, and Articles,” U.S. Patent No. 5433978.
  3. B.S. Biner, et al., “Composite Material Reinforced with Atomized Quasicrystalline Particles and Method of Making Same,” U.S. Patent No. 5851317.

Sample Projects:

  • Novel nanostructures for high-energy permanent magnets (NSF). This project is investigating the microstructural selection under different solidification conditions for Sm-Co(Fe)-T alloys with the goal of developing new Co(Fe)-rich permanent magnet materials
  • Development of high-temperature, high-energy nanocomposite permanent magnets for advanced energy systems (Office of Naval Research). This project is developing novel processing routes to obtain nanocomposite permanent magnets with both isotropic and anisotropic structures for high temperature applications

Curriculum Vitae (CV):

Areas of Research and Professional Interest

  • General area of microstructural development in materials during processing
  • Formation of nanostructured materials
  • Development of nanoscale structures for functional devices
  • Developing novel nanomagnetic materials for high-energy permanent magnets
  • Materials characterization, notably electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction

Research Profiles:

Courses Taught

About Jeffrey Shield

Professor Shield has more than 140 publications in archival journals and has received numerous teaching awards.  Research interests are in the general area of microstructural development in materials during processing, formation of nanostructured materials, and development of nanoscale structures for functional devices.  He currently focuses much of his research efforts on developing novel nanomagnetic materials for high-energy permanent magnets.  Additional expertise is in the area of materials characterization, notably electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction.   

Honors and Awards

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln College Distinguished Teaching Award, 2008
  • UNL College of Engineering Holling Family Master Teacher Award, 2007
  • UNL Engineering Student Advisory Board “Props for Profs” Award, 2007
  • 1997 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Teaching Award, 2004, 2008
  • Pi Tau Sigma Gold Key Award, 2005
  • Mechanical Engineering Research Award, 2006

Selected Publications

  1. C. Kruse, M. Lucis, J.E. Shield, T. Anderson, C. Zuhlke, D.R. Alexander, G. Gogos and S. Ndao, “Effects of femtosecond laser surface processed nanoparticle layers on pool boiling heat transfer performance,” J. Thermal. Sci. Eng. Appl. 10, 031009 (2018).

    2.             N. Roth, C. Zuhlke, E. Peng, S. Hansen, J.E. Shield and D.R. Alexander, “Creation of micro/nano surface structures on silver using collinear double femtosecond laser pulses with different pulse separation,” Multiscale and Multidisc. Modeling, Experiments and Design, (2018).

    3.             L.-S. Fan, L. Constantin, D. Li, L. Liu, K. Keramatnejad, C. Azina, X. Huang, H.R. Golgir, Y. Lu, Z. Ahmadi, F. Wang, J. Shield, B. Cui, J.F. Silvain and Y.F. Lu, “Ultraviolet laser photolysis of hydrocarbons for nondiamond carbon suppression in chemical vapor deposition of diamond films,” Light: Science & Applications 7, 17177 (2018).

    4.             T.V. Jayaraman, V.M. Meka, X. Jiang, N.R. Overman, J. Doyle, J.E. Shield and S.N. Mathaudhu, “Investigation of structural and magnetic properties of rapidly solidified iron-silicon alloys at ambient and elevated temperatures,” J. Alloys Cmpds. 741, 409 (2018). 

    5.             Y.X. Song, A. Tsubaki, C. Zuhlke, E. Rezaei, G. Gogos, D.R. Alexander, and J.E. Shield, “Effect of topology and material properties on the imprint quality of the femtosecond laser-induced surface structures,” J. Mater. Sci. 53, 3836-3845 (2018).

    6.             W. Zhang, S. Valloppilly, X.Z. Li, L. Yue, R. Skomski, I.E. Anderson, M.J. Kramer, W. Tang, J. Shield, and D.J. Sellmyer, “Texture development and coercivity enhancement in cast alnico 9 magnets,” AIP Advances 8, 056215 (2018).

    7.             N. R. Overman, X. Jiang, R. K. Kukkadapu, T. Clark, T.J. Roosendaal, G. Coffey, J.E. Shield and S.N. Mathaudhu, “Physical and electrical properties of melt-spun Fe-Si (3-8 wt.%) soft magnetic ribbons,” Mater. Charact. 136, 212-220 (2018). 

    8.             L. Zhang, M. Wang, X. Yan, Y. Lin and J.E. Shield, “Effect of low-melting point phases on the microstructure and properties of spark plasma sintered and hot deformed Nd-Fe-B alloys,” J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 452, 483-487 (2018).

    9.             J. Zhao, Y. Deng, H. Wei, X. Zheng, Z. Yu, Y. Shao, J.E. Shield and J. Huang, “Strained hybrid perovskite thin films and their impact on the intrinsic stability of perovskite solar cells,” Science Advances 3, eaao5616 (2017).

    10.          E. Peng, R. Bell, C.A. Zuhlke, M.Y. Wang, D.R. Alexander, G. Gogos and J.E. Shield, “Growth mechanisms of multiscale, mound-like surface structures on titanium by femtosecond laser processing,” J. Appl. Phys. 122, 133108 (2017).

    11.          X. Chen, X. Zhang, M.A. Koten, H. Chen. Z. Xiao, L. Zhang, J.E. Shield, P.A. Dowben and X. Hong, “Interfacial charge engineering in ferroelectric-controlled Mott transistors,” Advanced Materials 29, 1701385 (2017).

    12.          R. Skomski, L. Ke, M.J. Kramer, I.E. Anderson, C.Z. Wang, W.Y. Zhang, J.E. Shield and D. J. Sellmyer, “Cooperative and noncooperative magnetization reversal in alnicos,” AIP Advances 7, 056222 (2017).

    13.          A.T. Tsubaki, M.A. Koten, M.J. Lucis, C.A. Zuhlke, N.A. Ianno, J.E. Shield and D.A. Alexander, “Formation of aggregated nanoparticle spheres through femtosecond laser surface processing,” Appl. Surf. Sci. 419, 778-787 (2017).

    14.          E. Peng, A. Tsubaki, C.A. Zuhlke, M. Wang, R. Bell, M.J. Lucis, T.P. Anderson, D.R. Alexander, G. Gogos and J.E. Shield, “Micro/Nanostructures formation by femtosecond laser surface processing on amorphous and polycrystalline Ni60Nb40,” Appl. Surf. Sci. 396, 1170-1176 (2017).