Opila Group News

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


    Katie named SMART Scholar

    January 09, 2020

    Katie Kollins

    Katie Detwiler is a 2019 recipient of the prestigious SMART Scholarship, a Department of Defense (DoD) initiative to develop and retain talented, innovative, and brilliant scientists, engineers, and researchers.  Congratulations Katie!


    Lavina interns at JPL

    January 09, 2020

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    Lavina starts a 10 week planetary science internship at JPL focusing on ice morphology on Europa.  Congratulations on this exciting opportunity.


    Florida migration

    January 09, 2020

    Six members of the group (Bekah, Cory, Lavina, Rachel, Mackenzie, and Katie) head off to Florida this January to attend the 43rd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites in Daytona Beach and the 43rd Annual USACA Conference on Composites, Materials, and Structures in Cocoa Beach. They will make eight presentations describing their latest research on CMCs, EBCs, and UHTCs. Enjoy sunny Florida!


    New Publication!

    January 09, 2020

    Check out "Thermochemistry of volatile metal hydroxides and oxyhydroxides at elevated temperatures" by Myers, Jacobson, Bauschlicher and Opila, published in the Journal of Materials Research! http://doi.org/10.1557/jmr.2018.425



    Bekah is featured by UVA Engineering

    January 06, 2020

    Bekah

    Bekah's work on CMAS was highlighted by UVA Engineering. From the article, "Webster's research on new environmental barrier coatings designs for silicon-carbide-based ceramic matrix composites is sponsored by Rolls-Royce. UVA is home to one of three Rolls-Royce University Technology Centers in North America developing technologies for aerospace and advanced manufacturing, and Opila is the director of the UVA CENTER." Read the article here.


    Dom named ARCS Foundation Scholar

    January 06, 2020

    Dom

    Dom was recently named a 2018-2019 ARCS Foundation Scholar. He will present a poster in Washington DC on October 25 describing his undergraduate research projects on oxidation of ultra-high temperature ceramics. Congratulations!



    Welcome Victoria

    January 06, 2020

    2018

    Victoria Minns visits us from Cranfield University for 6 weeks. She will be conducting alloy oxidation and hot corrosion experiments in collaboration with our group. Welcome!

    Read more about Victoria's research here.


    Sabbatical

    January 06, 2020

    2018

    Beth heads off to the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart for 6 months to work with Professor Joachim Maier, learning new methods in Solid State Ionics.