Opila Group News

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


    Congratulations Lavina!

    April 19, 2020

    Congratulations to Dr. Lavina Backman on the successful defense of her PhD dissertation entitled "The Design of High Entropy Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics for Oxidation Resistance."  All the best wishes as you transition to post-doctoral life!

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    Congratulations Cory!

    April 12, 2020

    Congratulations to Dr. Cory Parker on the successful defense of his PhD dissertation entitled:  "Effect of the Air Plasma Spray Process on Rare Earth Silicate Coating Life."  Best wishes to you as you start the next phase of your career.

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    Congratulations Rob!

    April 12, 2020

    Check out Rob Golden's new publication "Thermochemical Stability of Y2Si2O7 in High-Temperature Water Vapor"  here:  https://doi.org/10.1111/jace.17114  This research is based on his 2017 PhD dissertation.

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    Double Rachel "Double Hoo" Research Award

    March 16, 2020

    Rachel Guarriello and Rachel McNamara have been awarded a 2020 Double Hoo Research Grant entitled "Machine Learning Image Analysis for Advanced High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composite Characterization."  This award, pairing a grad student and an undergrad student, encourages collaborative research interaction, provides for an advanced research experience for the undergraduate and valuable mentoring experience for the graduate student. Congratulations Rachels!


    Can you say Eyjafjallajökull?

    March 07, 2020

    Congratulations to Bekah on her new publication!  This paper describes the thermochemical and thermomechanical characterization of "Eyja" volcanic ash.  Check it out here:  https://www.mdpi.com/2079-6412/10/2/100

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    Congrats to Cory on his new publication!

    January 09, 2020

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    Check out , “Stability of the Y2O3-SiO2 System in High-Temperature, High-Velocity Water Vapor,” by Parker and Opila, published in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society! https://doi.org/10.1111/jace.16915


    Welcome Rachel

    January 09, 2020

    Welcome to Rachel McNamara, who is joining the group as an undergrad research assistant.  We look forward to working with you.


    Welcome New Group Members

    January 09, 2020

    Warmest welcome to our new graduate student group members:  Clark Luckhardt, Cameron Miller, Eric Stone, and Coleman Tolliver.  We look forward to collaborating with you.  


    GRS poster prize - Congratulations to Lavina

    January 09, 2020

    Lavina recently won the best poster award at the Gordon Research Seminar on High Temperature Corrosion held at Colby Sawyer College, July 20-21.  Her winning poster was entitled "Selective Oxidation in a High Entropy Carbide Ultra-High Temperature Ceramic."  Nice work!


    Congratulations to Bekah

    January 09, 2020

    Bekah recently defended her PhD dissertation entitled "Mitigation Strategies for Calcium Magnesium Alumino-Silicate Attack on Environmental Barrier Coatings."  Congratulations on a job well done!