The Ceramic Processing & Inorganic Materials Department develops new ceramic materials, characterizes and improves the processing methods for fabricating ceramics, and evaluates the physical, optical, and electronic properties and reliability of ceramic and glass materials and components. The main technology thrusts are powder processing methods, electronic and optical materials development and integration, failure analysis and testing, rapid component prototyping, reactive composite processing, ceramic joining, glass technology support, and ceramic packaging.
An underlying theme of our work is the quest for understanding the physical phenomena responsible for an observed effect. We pursue partnerships with universities and industry to leverage our research investments, establish collaborations with other experts in these fields and serve as Sandia's "gateway" for these technologies. Our work supports DOE Defense Programs, other DOE offices, other federal agencies, and industry.