Advanced Ceramics

Although ceramic materials have been used for more than 25,000 years, the development and widespread utilization of advanced ceramics has occurred only within the last century. Also referred to as technical or engineering ceramics, they exhibit diverse and often unique mechanical, thermal, chemical or electrical/magnetic/optical properties that make them enabling materials for current and emerging technologies impacting communications, electronics, energy, medicine, transportation, chemical processing and environmental sustainability. The Advanced Ceramics thrust in the MSE Department is comprised of a group of faculty engaged in cutting-edge research in all these areas, and addresses the basic science, engineering and applications of ceramic materials, components and systems. Current research projects encompass all aspects of ceramic science and engineering, including theory, processing, characterization, properties measurement and real-world testing and evaluation.


Faculty Email Research Interests
C. Barry Carter
Email30x30 Interfaces & Defects; Metals, Ceramics, Materials and Semiconducters; Nanomaterials; TEM, SEM and AFM. Materials for Energy Products and Storage; MSE Education
Pu-Xian Gao
Associate Professor
Email30x30 Nanomaterials Synthesis, Characterization and Manipulation, Nanotechnology for Energy, Environmental and Biomedical Applications
Bryan D. Huey
Associate Professor and Director for Graduate Studies
Email30x30 Scanning Probe Microscopy, Photovoltaics, Data Storage Dynamics, Nano-Bio-Mechanics, Functional Ceramics
Cato Laurencin
University Professor, Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery
Email30x30 Advanced Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Biodegradable Polymers, Nanotechnology
Radenka Maric
CT Clean Energy Fund Professor of Sustainable Energy
Email30x30 Novel Materials for High Temperature Fuel Cells
Serge M. Nakhmanson
Associate Professor
Email30x30 Multiscale Modeling of Materials, Multifunctional Ferroics, Soft Materials
Rainer Hebert
Associate Professor and Director for Undergraduate Studies
Email30x30 Phase Transformations, Metals & alloys, Metalic Glasses & Severe Plastic Deformation Processing
George Rossetti Jr.
Associate Professor
Email30x30 Electroceramic Materials, Crystal Chemistry and Physics & Ceramic Processing Science
Prabhakar Singh
Professor and Director of the Center for Clean Energy Engineering
Email30x30 Fuel Cells & Energy
Mei Wei
Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
Email30x30 Tissue engineering, Scaffolds, Biomimetic Coatings, Ceramic-Polymer Composites, Nanomaterials, Drug Delivery