Martin Harmer, Director and Senior Faculty Adviser for Engineering Research Initiatives in the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, was awarded Distinguished Life Membership in The American Ceramic Society (ACerS). He received his award at MS&T in October.
The Distinguished Life Member level of ACerS is their most prestigious level of membership, awarded in recognition of a member’s contribution to the profession.
Harmer’s research has focused on understanding the fundamental mechanisms of interfacial transport and microstructure development in structural and electronic ceramics. His work has led to fundamental discoveries about the nature of grain boundaries, including a breakthrough experimental discovery that grain boundaries exhibit phase-like behavior — known as grain boundary complexion — that has provided new explanations for longstanding problems in material science, such as the origin of abnormal growth and the cause of liquid-metal embrittlement.
Harmer has also been nominated to serve a term on the Board of Directors of ACerS from 2015 to 2018.