Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science - Materials Science

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Katherine Faber

Katherine Faber

Simon Ramo Professor of Materials Science

Degrees and Appointments

B.S., Alfred University, 1975; M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1978; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1982. Ramo Professor, Caltech, 2014-.


Research Group Matters
Celene Barrera
111 Steele Laboratory
(626) 395-3406

Research Group Website

Research Overview

Katherine Faber is interested in the fracture of brittle materials and mechanisms by which such materials can be toughened and strengthened through composite strategies and residual stresses, often using synchrotron radiation for internal stress measurement. Her studies comprise ceramics for energy-related applications including thermal and environmental barrier coatings for power generation components and porous solids for filters and flow. More recently, she has also worked with the Art Institute of Chicago to establish the Northwestern University/Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts where advanced materials characterization and analytical techniques are used in support of conservation science.

List of Research Areas

Keywords: Mechanical behavior, brittle solids, structural ceramics, coatings, porous solids; cultural heritage science

MS News about Katherine Faber

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