The Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics at Colorado School of Mines is a focal point for exciting technological developments in advanced ceramics.

Welcome from our director

Welcome to the Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics (CCAC) website!

The CCAC was created in 1989 with help from CoorsTek to serve as a focal point within the State of Colorado for interdisciplinary research and education on ceramics and relatedGeoff Brenneckamaterials, including their synthesis, processing, manufacturing, properties and performance.

Today our center advances research in a large variety of materials of interest to industry and government. We work with about $4M in research funding per year from federal, state and industrial sources. Since its inception, the CCAC has maintained a strong connection to industry partners who make, use and/or measure ceramics of all types.

While the CCAC maintains and operates a plethora of equipment and facilities, its strength is in the students, postdocs, staff and faculty. If you are interested in more information, please feel free to contact us.

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Geoff Brennecka
Herman F. Coors Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Engineering
Associate Professor, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Director, Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics
Co-Director, Alliance for The Development of Additive Processing Technologies


Kelly Ragland
Center Manager

Mines@ MS&T 2023

Fall wouldn’t be complete without the Orediggers heading to the Materials Science & Technology conference. This year’s addition was held in Columbus, OH from Oct 1st-4th. While several faculty members from MME attended or gave talks, the undergraduates in CSMMAC...

CCAC Director Instructs ACerS Course

Dr. Geoff Brennecka, Director of the CCAC, has organized an online, ACerS ceramic additive manufacturing course on November 14 and 15, 2023. Dr. Brennecka will be co-instructing the class with Shawn Allen from Lithoz. The course is designed for individuals working in...