Enabling Materials for Extreme Environments

As the longest-standing research center at Missouri S&T, the Materials Research Center provides researchers in this specialty with instrumentation that includes X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, dual-beam focused ion beam milling and electron imaging, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Collaborators include faculty and graduate students in chemistry, materials science and engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, nuclear engineering and physics.

Meet the experts

William Fahrenholtz

Curators' Professor of Ceramic Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

Ultra-high temperature ceramics, traditional ceramic processing, solution and colloidal sol-gel processing of bulk and thin-film ceramics, reactive processing, ceramic-metal composites by reactive metal penetration and reactive hot pressing, reactions at ceramic-metal interfaces, wetting of ceramics, low p(oxygen) atmospheres, thermodynamics

Greg Hilmas

Curators' Professor of Ceramic Engineering & Department Chair
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

Processing-microstructure-mechanical property relationships in ultra-high temperature ceramics, in particular transition metal carbides, nitrides and diborides, novel processing techniques for the fabrication of fibrous monolithic ceramics, multilayered ceramics, hierarchically structured ceramics, and ceramic composites

David Lipke

Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Haiming Wen

Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

Development and fabrication of advanced materials such as bulk nanostructured alloys, high entropy alloys and bulk metallic glasses; Microstructure characterization of materials using transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography; Mechanical behavior and deformation mechanisms of materials; Nuclear fuels and structural materials designed for current and next generation nuclear reactors