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Martin P. Harmer

Director, Senior Faculty Adviser for Engineering Research Initiatives

Phone: (610) 758-4227





Martin P. Harmer, Alcoa Professor, Ph.D., D.Sc., Leeds University, England.

Dr. Harmer performed his doctoral work in the Department of Ceramics at Leeds University in England. After spending a year as a visiting scientist at U.C. Berkeley he joined the Lehigh faculty in 1980. He is currently the Alcoa Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and the Director of the Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology at Lehigh University. His research has been concerned with the science of ceramic powder processing (especially sintering) and with the understanding and control of the relationships between the microstructure and properties of advanced structural and electronic ceramic materials.His current research includes the sintering of nanoparticles on metals (gold) and ceramics. His research papers have received more than 2000 citations and he is listed on ISI's most highly cited researchers list. Dr. Harmer is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society. He has received numerous awards for his research accomplishments including the White House's Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) Award (1984), an IBM Faculty Development Award (1984), Lehigh University's Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Award for outstanding achievement and distinction in research (1990), the Rowland B. Snow Award of the American Ceramic Society (1986 and 1992), the Ross Coffin Purdy Award by the American Ceramic Society for the most valuable contribution to ceramic technical literature in 1996, and the Richard M. Fulrath Award by the American Ceramic Society. He also received the 2003 P.C. Rossin College of Engineering Ingenuity Award for Senior Faculty. He chaired the Gordon Conference on Solid State Studies in ceramics in 1991. He served as Chair of the Basic Science Division o f the American Ceramic Society (1994/1995), and is an Associate Editor of the Journal. Dr. Harmer has co-authored more than 200 technical articles as well as several patents. In 1995 he received a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Leeds in recognition of his postdoctoral research accomplishments. In his spare time he ski's in the wintertime and captains a 35 foot fishing boat in the summertime.