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Center Overview

The Ceramic, Composite, and Optical Materials Center (CCOMC) functions as a complete ceramic science and engineering center developing synthesis and processing systems for powders at all length scales. Ranging from nanoscale particles to macroscale parts and devices. CCOMC develops leading-edge ceramic, polymer/ceramic composite, and nano materials and processes to improve the technical base that is needed by companies to compete successfully in the global marketplace.

CCOMC's mission is to drive development of competitive, reproducible ceramic, polymer/ceramic composites, particulate materials, and nanomaterials for advanced, high-performance systems. It does this by creating and transferring to industry members the new technologies and relevant technical base. CCOMC's research will help meet the ever-increasing demand for higher-performance ceramic, composite, and optical materials that can be readily processed for needed applications.


  • Clemson University
  • Rutgers University
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Center Personnel

Richard Haber
Center Staff
+1 848 932 0150

Philip Brown
Center Staff
+1 864 656 2424

Research Focus

Powder synthesis and processing

  • Modeling of binder removal.
  • Additive manufacturing by direct injection.
  • Additive manufacturing by stereolithography.
  • Green body microstructure uniformity in stereolithography printed alumina.

Materials for extreme dynamic environments

  • Transformations in amorphous boron nitride (a-BN) to cubic boron nitride (c-BN).
  • Processing of titanium and zirconium boride powders.
  • Arc-melted high-temperature ceramics.
  • Amorphization in boron carbide.

Improved fiber technologies

  • Wettability control by the fiber shape from natural to artificial super fibers.
  • Fibers that will possess hydrophobic/oleophobic for an extended period of time.
  • Multicomponent fiber extrusion capabilities and exploration.