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Ivar Reimanis


Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Colorado School of Mines

Office: 303-273-3549



Ivar Reimanis


Director, Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics



Ph.D.  July 1990.  Materials,  University of California, Santa Barbara

M.S.  December 1986.  Materials Science and Mineral Engineering,  University of California, Berkeley

B.S.  June 1984.  Materials Science and Engineering,  Cornell University


Service on this Faculty:

Professor of Ceramic Engineering  4/03 - present

Associate Professor of Ceramic Engineering 8/98 – 3/03

Assistant Professor of Ceramic Engineering 9/94 – 8/98


Other Related Experience:

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

- U.S. Fulbright sponsored visiting professor, Department of Materials Engineering. 12/06 – 4/07


University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia

- Gledden Visiting Senior Fellow, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. 1/02 – 6/02


Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico

Technical Staff Member 10/93 - 9/94.  (Ceramic Armor Program, Project Leader; Elevated Temperature Structural Materials; Metal/Glass Sealing for Explosive Actuators)

- Postdoctoral Fellowship 1/92 - 10/93


Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart, Germany

- Postdoctoral Fellowship 9/90 - 12/91


I. B. M.  Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York

- Research Assistant 7/86 - 12/86

- Summer Research Assistant 5/84 - 8/84


Scientific and Professional Societies

American Ceramic Society

Materials Research Society

Minerals, Metals and Materials Society


Honors and Awards

U. S. Fulbright Grant Recipient (India, 2006/2007)

Gledden Senior Visiting Fellowship, Australia 2002

Outstanding CSM Faculty Member for MME Department, December 1999

Recipient of 1996 National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Los Alamos National Laboratory Large Team Distinguished Performance Award, 1995


Professional Service in the Last Five Years

Associations with the American Ceramic Society (ACerS):

Served as Chair for the Basic Science Division (2006/2007)

Serving as Counselor for the Basic Science Division (2007-2010)

Serving on the Meetings Subcommittee on Technical Programming (2006-2009)

Panelist and Reviewer for Proposals (NSF, NASA, DOE, AFOSR)

Technical Reviewer for Many Journals (Metallurgical Transactions, Minerals, Metals and Materials Society Publications, Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, Philosophical Magazine, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Materials Manufacturing and Processes, Journal of Materials Synthesis and Processing, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Physical Review Letters, Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, Journal of Applied Mechanics, Experimental Mechanics, International Journal of Solids and Structures, International Journal of Fracture, International Journal of Materials Research, Surface Science.)

Principle Publications in the Last Five Years


M. Rudas, M. B. Bush and I. E. Reimanis, “The Kinking Behavior of a Bimaterials Interface Crack Under Indentation Loading”, Journal of Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, Vol 28, pages 1455-1462 (2004).


S. Krishnamurthy, I. E. Reimanis, J. Berger and E. Drexler, “Fracture Toughness Measurement of Chromium Nitride Films on Brass”,  J. Am. Ceram. Soc.  87 [7] 1306-1313 (2004).


S. Krishnamurthy and I. E. Reimanis, “Multiple Cracking in CrN an Cr2N Films on Brass”, Surface and Coatings Technology, Volume 192, Issues 2-3 , pp. 291-298,(2005).


M. T. Tilbrook, I. E. Reimanis and M. Hoffman, “Finite Element Simulations of Cracks near Interfaces: Effects of Thermal, Elastic and Plastic Mismatch”, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 88 [10] 2833–2838 (2005).


M. T. Tilbrook, I. E. Reimanis, K. Rozenburg and M. Hoffman, “Effects of Plastic Yielding on Crack Propagation Near Ductile/Brittle Interfaces”, Acta Materialia, Vol. 53, No. 14, 3935 – 3949 (2005).


K. Rozenburg, J. R. Berger, P. A. Martin, and I. Reimanis, “Analysis of Moiré Data for Near-Interface Cracks”, International Journal of Fracture Vol. 143, No. 3, 207-217 (2007).


V. T. Gritsyna, Yu. G. Kazarinov, V. A. Kobyakov, I. E. Reimanis, “Radiation-induced luminescence in magnesium aluminate spinel crystals and ceramics” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 250 [1-2],342-348 (2006).


K. Rozenburg, I. E. Reimanis, H.-J. Kleebe and R. L. Cook, “Chemical Interaction between LiF and MgAl2O4 Spinel During Sintering”, Journal of the American Ceramic Society 90[7], 2038-2042 (2007).


I. E. Reimanis, C. Seick, K. Fitzpatrick, E. R. Fuller, and  S. Landin, “Spontaneous Ejecta from b-Eucryptite Composites”, Journal of the American Ceramic Society 90[8] 2497-2501(2007).


I. E. Reimanis and H. J. Kleebe, “Reactions in the Sintering of MgAl2O4 Spinel Doped With LiF” International Journal of Materials Research, 12, 1273-1278 (2007).


K. Rozenburg, I. E. Reimanis, R. L. Cook, and H. J. Kleebe, “Sintering Kinetics of MgAl2O4 Doped With LiF”, Journal of the American Ceramic Society 91[2], 444-450 (2008).


T. Jochum, I. E. Reimanis, M. Lance and E. R. Fuller, “In-Situ Raman Indentation of Eucryptite: Characterization of the Pressure-Induced Phase Transformation”, Journal of the American Ceramic Society 92[4] 857-863 (2009).


R. Torres, C. Lepienski, J. J. Moore and I. E. Reimanis, “Influence of the Processing Route in the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of NiAl/TiB2 Composites Produced by Combustion Synthesis" Metallurgical Transactions B, 40B[2], 187 – 195 (2009).


I. E. Reimanis, K. Rozenburg and H. J. Kleebe, “A Review on the Sintering and Microstructure Development of Transparent Spinel (MgAl2O4)”, in press in Journal of the American Ceramic Society (2009).

Research Interests


Mechanical Behavior:  Fracture of ceramics and composites; crack propagation studies of metal/ceramic interfaces; deformation and fracture in functionally graded materials; numerical simulation of mechanical behavior


Processing Science: Synthesis and sintering of lithium aluminum silicates; sintering, densification and microstructure evolution of transparent spinel


Nuclear Materials: Behavior of ceramic nuclear fuel materials



Joshua White (Ph.D. Candidate)

Timothy Jochum (Ph.D. Candidate)

Subra Ramalingam (Ph.D. Candidate)

Badri Narayanan (Ph.D. Candidate)

Jaya Dorsey (Ph.D. Candidate)

Marc Rubat-Dumeric (Ph.D. Candidate)

Brian Hansford (Ph.D. Candidate)

Alex Fish (Undergraduate)

Corey Jones (Undergraduate)



Engineering Materials Systems SYGN202

Materials Engineering MT212

Materials Engineering MT272

Senior Design: Selection and Use of Materials MT466

Special Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Problems MT513

Mechanical Properties of Ceramics and Composites MT/465/ML565/MT565

Inorganic Matrix Composites MT552

Design of Welded Structures and Assemblies MT586

Materials and Chemistry, Department of Energy Special Course

Ceramic Engineering MT412/ML512

Mechanical Properties of Thin Films MT598/ML598

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