Carlo Pantano

Carlo Pantano
  • Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Director, Materials Research Institute
N-315 Millennium Science Complex
(814) 863-2071

Bio

Carlo G. Pantano received his B.S. Degree in Engineering Science from Newark College of Engineering in 1972, and the M.E. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida in 1974 and 1976. His graduate work was primarily in surface science and biomaterials with George Onoda and Larry Hench, and then he spent two years in surface science at the University of Dayton Research Institute.  He joined Penn State’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1979 with a focus on glass, surfaces and coatings. He is a Fellow of both the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and the AVS. He is a former Chair of the Glass and Optical Materials Division of the ACerS, and a former US Council Representative for the International Commission on Glass and an elected member in the World Academy of Ceramics. He was awarded the 2005 George W Morey award for outstanding technical contributions to the field of glass science and technology. He was named the 2012 Kreidl Memorial Lecturer and the 2014 Scholes Lecturer in Glass Science. He was also recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Florida.

Academic Training

Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida
M.E. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida
B.S. in Engineering Science, Newark College of Engineering

Research

The effects of glass composition and processing on the surface composition and reactivity of glass substrates and fiber glasses are of primary interest. The specific effects of sodium-oxide, boron-oxide and pH on corrosion, polymer adsorption and adhesion are being characterized using methods including XPS, FTIR, AFM, IGC, NMR, and Raman. In a closely related line of inquiry, the effects of surface composition on chemo-mechanical effects such as stress corrosion, strength and damage tolerance are being explored. A variety of thin-film coating methods and surface treatments are being explored to add functionality to glass surfaces. Fundamental studies of glass corrosion relevant to commercial glasses and nuclear waste glasses are core competency of the group.
 
Professor Pantano also has an interest in promoting and facilitating interdisciplinary activities among glass scientists, glass artists, and conservators. He created a hot shop for fiber drawing, glass blowing, and related processing methods that has served as an ideal venue to bring together students from different disciplines into co-curricular activities in Glass Art and Science.
 

Research Interests: 

  • Glass surfaces, interfaces, and coatings
  • Water adsorption, leaching, corrosion and weathering of glass
  • Silane monolayers and polymer coatings on glass
  • Surface and thin film characterization with XPS, SIMS, AFM, FTIR and IGC
  • Nano-mechanical properties of surfaces and coatings

Technology Impacted By Research: 

Substrates for electronics; glass fibers for reinforcement; glasses for nuclear waste disposal; coatings for architectural and automotive glazing; adhesives for glass; glass cleaning; glass manufacture.

Publications
Noted Publications:
  1. Cory L Trivelpiece, John J. Petrunis, Carlo G. Pantano, and R. Gregory Downing, “Glass Surface Layer Density by Neutron Depth Profiling”, Int. J. of Glass Science, 3[2] pp. 137-143 (2012).
  2. N. Smith, M. Lanagan, and C.G. Pantano, "Thermal Poling of Alkaline Earth Boroaluminosilicate Glasses with Intrinsically High Dielectric Breakdown Strength", J Appl. Phys., 111, 083519 (2012).
  3. L.C. Bradley, Z.R. Dilworth,‡ A.L. Barnette, E. Hsiao, A.J. Barthel, C.G. Pantano, and S.H. Kim, “Hydronium Ions in Soda-lime Silicate Glass Surfaces”, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 96[2], 458–463 (2013).
  4. Priyanka Dash, Eugene Furman, Carlo Pantano, and Michael Lanagan, “Activation energy for alkaline-earth ion transport in low alkali aluminoborosilicate glasses”, Appl. Phys. Lett.,102, 082904 (2013).
  5. Rui M. Almeida, Ray Hickey, Himanshu Jain, and Carlo G. Pantano, “Low-Energy Ion Scattering spectroscopy of silicate glass surfaces”, J. Non-Cryst. Sol., 385, 124-128 (2014).