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

Clive Randall
Clive Randall
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Director, Materials Research Institute
(814) 863-1328
Ian Reaney
Ian Reaney
  • Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Professor of Engineering Materials, The University of Sheffield
Albert Segall
Albert Segall
  • Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
(814) 865-7829
Jogender Singh
Jogender Singh
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Senior Scientist
(814) 863-9898
Susan Trolier-McKinstry
Susan Trolier-McKinstry
  • Steward S. Flaschen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering
  • Director, W.M. Keck Smart Materials Integration Laboratory
  • Director, Nanofabrication Facility
  • Lead, Piezoelectrics, Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics (CDP)
(814) 863-8348
Douglas Wolfe
Douglas Wolfe
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Department Head, Advanced Coatings at the Applied Research Laboratory
  • Senior Scientist
(814) 865-0316

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