Opila Group News

News and updates from the Advanced High Temperature Materials Research Group, led by Dr. Beth Opila.


    Congratulations to Coleman, Charlie and Connor

    October 01, 2022

    Congratulations to Coleman for successfully defending his PhD research proposal entitled: "Exploring the Aqueous Dissolution Precipitation Mechanism of Ca-Si-Na-O containing Reactants to form Crystalline Calcium Silicate Hydrates in Carbonated Environments."  Also, many congratulations to Connor and Charlie who both passed their PhD qualifiying exams with flying colors.  Enjoy the transition from PhD student to PhD candidate.


    More welcomes

    October 01, 2022

    A warm welcome to both Catherine Lynch, grad student and Morgan Small, undergrad who have joined the research group this fall.  We look forward to working with you!


    2022 Opila Group Reunion

    July 30, 2022

    Opila group members, graduates and current students, had a great time at Carter's Mountain, Fry's Spring Station, and Kardinal Hall over the July 16-17th weekend. It was great to see everyone and to reconnect with group alumni, alumnae.2022 Opila group reunion for viewing.jpg


    Congratulations to Kristyn

    July 04, 2022

    Congratulations to Kristyn.  She is one of five recipients for the best poster award at the ECI conference on Thermal/Environmental Barrier Coatings in Irsee, Germany.  She also received an authentic ceramic Irsee beer mug for her efforts as the audio/visual volunteer.  Way to go Kristyn!Kristyn poster 0622 resized.jpeg


    Congratulations to Niquana

    July 04, 2022

    Congratulations to Niquna for her successes at the ECI conference on Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics.  Niquana made her first oral presentation, received the awards for "first student to ask a question" AND "the student who asks the most questions."  She got a cool "Snowbird" hat for her awards. Great job!

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    A warm summer welcome...

    July 04, 2022

    A warm summer welcome to our new undergrad researchers Brandol, Rachel R., and Jailynn and our new grad students Padraig, Laura, and Sarah Beth.  We look forward to working with you this summer and in the future.


    Spring 2022 congratulations

    May 28, 2022

    Congratulations to all group members for their many successes this spring term.  Best wishes to Katie as she moves on to AFRL after graduating with her PhD.  Congratulations to Rachel McNamara for graduating with her BS in MSE and her well-deserved 2022 SEAS Outstanding Student Award.  We are pleased we will see her as a UVA grad student in Prof. Ji Ma's group.  Congrats also to Connor for his VSGC grad fellowship and Eric for passing his PhD qualifier exam.  Congratulations to Alex, Morgan, and Jack for their summer internships.  We look forward to hearing about your experiences this fall.


    Fall 2021 Congratulations

    December 12, 2021

    It's been a successful term.  We would like to congratulate Clark, Cameron, Coleman, and Niquana for passing their PhD qualifier exams and Kristyn for her successful PhD dissertation proposal .  We also wish Mackenzie every success as he moves on from his postdoc at UVA to his new position at ORNL.  Congratulations to Alex for her 2nd place award in the undergraduate category for the Dean's First Annual Research Art Contest.  Finally we welcome Morgan to our group as a new undergraduate researcher.


    A warm welcome to Michael, Alex, Jack, and Lilly

    August 21, 2021

    We are thrilled to welcome new members to our research group.  Undergraduates Michael Richwine, Alex Uy, and Jack Carroll joined the group this summer.  They all came up to speed so quickly and have already made significant contributions to our understanding of UHTC oxidation (Michael), CMAS attack of Yb silicates (Alex), and low temperature oxidation of CMCs (Jack).  We also welcome new graduate student Lilly Balderson who comes to us with a BS degree in chemistry from VCU.  She will be co-advised with Professor Tao Sun and researching additive manufacturing of ceramics. Welcome all!