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Pelagia-Iren Gouma

  • Orton Chair, Materials Science Engineering
  • Watts Hall
    Room 284
    Columbus, OH 43210
  • 614-292-4931


Perena Gouma PhD is the Edward Orton, Jr., Chair in Ceramic Engineering. Gouma has a joint position as professor of materials science and engineering and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and will join The Ohio State University. She is director of the Advanced Ceramics Research Laboratory at Ohio State. 

She joined Ohio Statefrom the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Texas-Arlington. Prior to that, she held a faculty position at the State University of New York-Stony Brook for 16 years and was Director of the Center for Nanomaterials and Sensor Development. She received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (‘90), Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (’92) and Master of Philosophy in Organizational Management (’93) from the University of Liverpool, UK, and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK (‘96).

She is an internationally recognized researcher and instructor. She is an elected member of theNational Academy of Inventors since 2016, received the Richard M. Fulrath Award of The American Ceramic Society in 2013, was a 2008 Fulbright Scholar, and has been named a fellow by the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM).

She has held guest faculty appointments at various universities and research laboratories all over the world, including: the Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University of of Brescia, Italy; Unicamp, Sao Paulo, Brazil; and the National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan. She has given plenary, keynote and invited talks at international conferences on nanomaterials and artificial olfactory systems and she has gained considerable exposure on mainstream and social media with press releases on her research, including outlets like CNBC, TV Globo, NSF Science Nation Video, Fox News, and Inside TV. She has authored or co-authored over 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has 18 patents involving nanomaterials, photocatalysts, sensors, and breathalyzers.

Gouma’s research over the years has been funded primarily by the National Science Foundation, and she has also received grants and subcontracts from the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Defense.

Gouma has carried out research in diverse fields of materials science, from structural intermetallics to functional ceramics. The emphasis of her research efforts was placed on the field of ceramic engineering, particularly the synthesis, characterization, and functional properties of metal oxides for biomarker, environmental, industrial, and medical applications.

Advanced Ceramics Research Laboratory website