Research Program
The Center's cooperative program research projects are integrated into 
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6  highly interdisciplinary research areas that cover a broad spectrum of ceramic and related materials science and engineering.

CCMC Research Thrust Areas

The overall research program of the Center comprises a cooperative research program, individual projects for industry, Government grants and contracts and joint Government projects with industry. The five research areas provide for interaction among researchers in different areas. Research results generated in one research area can be immediately utilized in other areas to contribute to their technical progress. This highly interdisciplinary research program emphasizes the interaction among the main research areas as shown below:


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Catalysts and Porous Materials
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  • Development of Super-Hydrophobic and Self-Assembled Materials by Sol-Gel Routes -- Jeff Brinker (Abstract)
  • Sintering of Heterogeneous Catalysts -- Abhaya Datye
  • Synthesis of Mesoporous Oxide Powders -- Abhaya Datye, Tim Ward and Jeff Brinker
  • Characterization of Heteroepitaxial Growth on Patterned Silicon Surfaces -- Abhaya Datye

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Materials for Energy Conversion and Electrochemical Processes
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  • Nano-Electrode Arrays based on Anodized Aluminum Oxide -- Dmitri Brevnov and Plamen Atanassov
  • Oxidation Resistance of Carbonaceous Materials -- Plamen Atanassov
  • Fabrication of Pd Based Hydrogen Separation and Storage Membranes -- Tim Ward
  • Enzymatic Bio-Fuel Cells -- Plamen Atanassov
  • Non-Platinum Electrocatalysts for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells -- Plamen Atanassov
  • Amorphous Electroactive Materials -- John Xu

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Nanomaterials: Particulate Synthesis and Processing
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  • Dispersion of Nanoscale α-Al2O3 as a Function of Phase and Degree of Hydration -- James Adair
  • Electrophoretic Deposition Studies of Nanoparticles for Thin Films and Coatings -- James Adair and Clive Randall

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Powder Synthesis and Materials Processing
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  • Low Cost Scalable Synthesis of Dispersed Single and Multicomponent Metal Oxides -- Richard Riman
  • In Situ Analysis of Nucleation and Growth during Atomic Layer Deposition of Copper Barrier & Seed Films -- Steve George
  • Conformal Plasma Coating of Particles for Polymer Composites -- Don Weinkauf
  • Chemical Uniformity in Ceramic Powder Processing -- Richard Riman
  • The Determination and Control of Water Content in Ceramic Powders -- Richard Riman
  • Experimental and FE Modeling Study of Co-sintering Multilayer, Multifunctional Ceramic Structures -- M. John Matthewson and W. Roger Cannon
  • Additive Removal from Consolidated Ceramics -- Richard Haber
  • Particle Orientation in Green Microstructures -- Richard Haber
  • Densification Stresses and Distortions Produced by Density Gradients -- David Green, Gary Messing and Al Segall
  • Uniformity of Simultaneous Powder Deposition in Multiple Dies Tester Design and Development, Measurement, and Modeling -- Virenda Puri and Abraham Grader

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Structural Ceramics/Ceramic Armor
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  • Determination of the Root Cause of the Poor Ballistic Performance of Boron Carbide -- Manish Chhowalla and Dale Niesz
  • Non-Destructive Evaluation of Ceramic Armor -- Richard Haber and Dale Niesz
  • Property Measurements as Estimators of Ballistic Performance -- Roger Cannon
  • Effect of Gas Phase Composition in Pores During Densification -- M. John Matthewson and Dale Niesz
  • Defining Microstructural Tolerance Limits of Defects for SiC Armor -- Richard Haber

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Transparent Materials and Electromagnetic Windows
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