Ceramics

ceramics

Ceramics have been used by humans for more than 30,000 years with new discoveries and uses found every day.  This broad and dynamic material can be classified as traditional: clay products, silicate glass, and cement, or as advanced referring to ceramics consisting of carbides (SiC), pure oxides (Al2O3), nitrides (Si3N4), non-silicate glasses and many others. Ceramics may also be used in association with metals or polymers to create compounds and composite materials.

It would almost be easier to name areas where ceramics have not had an impact as the use of the material is so far reaching. Ceramics research has enabled space exploration through the development of heat refracting tiles, thermal barriers, and advanced communications tools. Ceramic tiles, lenses, transducers, filters, and sensors can be found in a wide array of consumer goods, automotive products, medical and industrial applications. In just the past century, ceramics research has enabled every major communications breakthrough from radio and television, to the portable mobile devices we enjoy today.

Ceramics Research at Penn State

Penn State enjoys a reputation of having some of the best minds in ceramics research known to the field today. New methods of processing advanced ceramic materials are being discovered by Penn State scientists for use in lasers, optical communications, implants, spark plugs, and microelectronics. These methods include templated grain growth, microwave sintering, nanometer to micrometer synthesis and processing in water, and micro and nanoscale high pressure techniques. 

More Information

MRI: Ceramics Processing

Center for Innovative Sintered Products (CISP)

Related Topics

Composites, Glass

Research Experts

James Adair
James Adair
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacology
(814) 863-6047
Long-Qing Chen
Long-Qing Chen
  • Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering,
  • Engineering Science and Mechanics, and Mathematics
(814) 863-8101
Paolo Colombo
Paolo Colombo
  • Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Professor, University of Padova
Donald Heaney
Donald Heaney
  • Director, Center for Innovative Sintered Products
  • Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
(814) 865-7346
John Hellmann
John Hellmann
  • Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
(814) 865-0163
Sridhar Komarneni
Sridhar Komarneni
  • Distinguished Professor of Clay Mineralogy
(814) 865-1542
Libby Kupp
Libby Kupp
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Director, Advanced Materials Processing Lab
(814) 863-5540
John Mauro
John Mauro
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
(814) 865-2130
Dr. Gary L. Messing
Gary Messing
  • Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Science and Engineering
(814) 865-2262
Carlo Pantano
Carlo Pantano
  • Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
(814) 863-2071

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