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Inaugural Orton Workshop Organized by Ohio State's Orton Chair

photo of guests at Orton Workshop June 2019 Ohio State


Developing materials that can withstand high temperature and extreme environments is a requirement to advance hypersonic travel and other aerospace applications. As such, Professor Perena Gouma, Director of the Advanced Ceramics Research Laboratory and professor with a dual appointment in Materials Science and Engineering & Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is the ideal person to consult when the topics collide. Dr. Gouma spent time organizing the first Orton Workshop this summer. The topic of the two-day, invitation-only event organized by Ohio State's Orton Chair and the Orton Ceramic Foundation that was held in Columbus in June was High Temperature Ceramics for Extreme Environments and was well very attended by a diverse group of researchers across industry, government and universities.

photo of Perena Gouma and guest at Orton Workshop 2019 Ohio State(R>L) Professor Perena Gouma, and Dr. Lynnette Madsen

Experts from funding agencies supporting Ceramics research; thought leaders from academia with expertise spanning materials processing, characterization, and modeling; as well as R&D leaders from key (aviation-related) industries gathered together to evaluate the state-of-the-art in this field and to address key questions that 

are meant to move the research and development efforts forward fast.

Keynote speaker, Lynnette Madsen of the National Science Foundation, began the formal presentations by speaking about Fundamental Research in Materials for Extreme Conditions. The speaker lineup included other renowned advanced materials experts who presented on processing, characterization and modeling of microstructure, properties and behaviors of ceramic monoliths and composites in extreme conditions, which is the basis of safe, efficient and productive hypersonic travel.


Speakers at the Orton Workshop

Speaker Presentation
Randall Hay, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Basic Research Topics for High Temperature Structural Ceramics
Francis I. Hurwitz, NASA Glenn Research Center Aerogels: Ultralightweight Materials Tailored for Extreme Environments”
Alexander S. Mukasyan, University of Notre Dame “Ceramics by Self-Sustained Reactions”
Yuri Gogotsi, Drexel University “High-Temperature Behavior of Carbide MXenes”  
Olivia A. Graeve, University of California, San Diego “Morphologically controlled composites: emerging materials for extreme environments” 
Gregory B. Thompson, The University of Alabama “Microstructures and Deformation Behavior in Transitional Metal Carbides”
Yunfeng Shi, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) “In-silico material synthesis for advanced materials modeling”
Jessica A. Krogstad, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) “Embracing microstructural and phase evolution in ceramics under extreme service conditions”
David L. Poerschke, University of Minnesota “Design of Multiphase and Multilayer Thermal and Environmental Barrier Coatings: Towards New Materials for Enhanced Multifunctional Performance”
Kathleen Sevener, University of Michigan  “Studies of Damage Evolution in CMCs” 
Samantha Daly, University of California, Santa Barbara “In-SEM Acoustic Emission Studies of Damage Mechanisms in CMCs”

photo of guests at Orton Workshop June 2019 Ohio Statephoto of guests at Orton Workshop June 2019 Ohio State

In light of hypersonic travel and aerospace applications, materials developed will also find commercial applications where high temperature and abrasion result in refractory degradation. The design, characterization, testing and scale-up (including net shape) of high temperature composites with ceramic reinforcements and/or matrices will provide new opportunities to advance aerospace and extreme environment applications.


Participants were treated to a private tour of Ohio State's Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS), who hosts one of the largest concentrations of electron and ion beam analytical microscopy instruments in any North American institution.

The next Orton Workshop in the series is currently being organized and will involve a closely related topic.

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