R. Michael Banish, Ph.D.

banishAssociate Professor
Chemical and Materials Engineering
Office:         EB132
Phone:        (256) 824-3544
Fax:             (256) 824-6839
E-mail:        banishm@uah.edu
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1992 Ph.D.    Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah
1978 B.S.      Chemistry and Biology, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah


Dr. Banish has worked in thermo-physical property measurements, chemical analysis, and semiconductor and protein crystal growth.  Dr. Banish has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Utah, 1992.

Dr. Banish was the PI on three thermophysical property measurement projects funded by NASA.  All three project were to be flown on the Mir or International Space Station.  One project, to determine the mass diffusivity in molten indium, was completed in 1994,  he other two other, Self-Diffusion in Liquid Elements and Thermophysical Properties of Te-based II-VI Semiconductor Melts were terminated due to a decision to deemphasize physical science research on the ISS.  Both projects had high scientific evaluations
and were within budget.

Dr. Banish has many years of experience in vacuum and high pressure instrumentation, optical methodologies and chemical analysis.  He has performed a wide range of chemical analysis on solids, liquids and gases and has developed a range of hardware for both high and low temperature operation.  He has experience in or has performed a wide range of optical measurement including holography, interferometry, optical density measurements, and species concentration measurements.  He has developed instrumentation for in-situ species concentration and particle nucleation measurements.  Dr. Banish has a thermal diffusivity methodology paper that is one of the top-ten cited papers in that field.


Research Expertise

  • Crystal Growth
  • Transport property measurements and characterization

Honors & Awards

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Recent Publications

M.J. Assael, A. Kalyva, K.D. Antoniadis, R. M. Banish, et.al., Reference Data for the Density and Viscosity of Liquid Copper and Liquid Tin, Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data, 39, (2010) 330.

Yu Yu Khine and R. M. Banish, Effect of Input Diffusivity in an Axisymmetric Mass Diffusivity Model for Liquid Metals with an Applied Magnetic Field, Annals New York Academy of Sciences 1077 (2006) 115.

 Yu Yu Khine and R. M. Banish, 3-D Mass Diffusivity Model of Liquid Metals in the Presence of a Magnetic Field, , Journal of Crystal Growth, 287 (2006) 287.

M.J. Assael, K Kakosimos, , R. M. Banish, et.al., Reference Data for the Density and Viscosity of Liquid Aluminum and Liquid Iron, Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data, 35, (2006) 285.

Yu Yu Khine and R. M. Banish, Electromagnetic damping of convective contamination in self-diffusivity experiments with periodic heating conditions, Materials Science and Engineering A, 393 (2005) 338.

M. Kassemi, S. Barsi, J.I.D. Alexander and R.M. Banish, Numerical Modeling of the Effect of Margoni Convection on Diffusion Measurements, Journal of Crystal Growth, 276 (2005) 621.

Yu Yu Khine and R. M. Banish, 3-D Simulations of Diffusivity Measurements in Liquids with an Applied Magnetic Field, International Journal of Thermophysics, 25 (2004) 1763.

 S. Brantschen, R. M. Banish and F. Wessling, Thermal Diffusivity Determinations using edge heating, Review of Scientific Instruments, 75 (2004) 2869.

V Korman, D. Gregory and R. M. Banish, Phase Transition Thermal Expansion Measurement Technique using a Modified Michelson Interferometer, Journal of Optics A, Pure and Applied Optics, 6 (2004) 781.