Ceramic Materials

The Ceramics Department has a long history in the field of Ceramics. The Ohio State University was home to the first Ceramic Engineering department, founded in 1894 by Edward Orton Jr. Orton was one of the founders of The American Ceramic Society located in Westerville, Ohio, close to the Ohio State campus.

The Department honors this long tradition by maintaining high profile research programs in ceramics, with an emphasis on functional ceramics, spanning their processing, characterization, and properties. While most of the work carried out in the Department focuses on metal oxides, there is also interest in carbides, sulfides, and other advanced ceramic materials. Several of the areas that the Department's research encompasses are highlighted below:

  • Advanced Ceramic Research Laboratory (ACRL) Director: Perena Gouma
  • Ceramic powder processing using sol-gel processing microwave syntheses; combustion processes; (such as ultrasonic spray pyrolysis, flame spray synthesis, self-propagating high-temperature synthesis); or electrospinning
  • Ceramics production from the thermal oxidation of metals
  • Ferroelectrics; thermoelectrics; superconductors
  • Phase Transitions and Polymorphism in ceramic materials
  • Thermal and Electrical properties of semiconducting oxides
  • Semiconducting oxides for gas sensing and catalysis
  • Ceramic Sensors for Extreme Environments
  • Chemical Sensors for Medical Diagnostics
  • Environmental applications of metal oxide sensors and arrays
  • Nanostructured ceramics for functional applications
  • Biomedical applications of ceramic materials
  • Advanced characterization of ceramic nanostructures
  • Next-generation ceramics and their composites