Fabrication of Exceptional Ceramics by Regulating Sintering and Grain Growth Processes

This presentation reviews recent processing advances in sintering and grain growth

processes that have resulted in exceptional ceramic materials. It will be shown how to control sintering of Nd:Y3Al5O12 for exceptionally transparent laser gain media. First, the principles and mechanisms of templated grain growth to fabricate textured ceramics will be outlined. Then, two examples of textured ceramics will be presented to illustrate how texture leads to improved piezoelectric and structural properties.

Institution: 

Department of Materials Science and Materials Research Institute, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA USA

Date: 
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 10:00
Speaker: 
Prof. Gary Messing