Chair and Professor
Materials Science and Engineering Department
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Raj is currently a Professor and Chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Clemson University (since April 2013). He was a faculty member at the University of Washington (1991-2013) and a Research Scientist in DuPont Co. (1986 to 1991). He received his B.Tech from IIT, Kanpur, India (1979), and his M.S. (1981) and Ph.D. (1986) from Cornell University. His research is at the intersection of materials and mechanics and is focused on fundamental and applied studies in the processing and properties of complex material systems for energy, environmental and medical applications. He has authored or co-authored over 125 peer-reviewed technical publications, over 120 technical reports, and has presented over 250 invited lectures and seminars. In 2002, Raj was elected as a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society; in 2010 a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Metals; and in 2012 an Academician in the World Academy of Ceramics. Other significant awards include: the Humboldt Research award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (2007); the Marsha Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor award from the University of Washington (2007); and he was the sole recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award of the American Ceramic Society (2012). Raj is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society (1988-Present), Editor of the Journal of Ceramic Processing Research (1999-Present), and Editor-in-Chief of the Ceramics International Journal (2009 – Present). He has also served as technical advisor to two startup companies in the area of energy.
Raj’s research interests are in the areas of processing and microstructure control in ceramics and metals. Two areas of current focus are relevant to biomedical technologies. The first one is on porous ceramics and metals for implantable devices and the other is on ceramic coatings for specific biological functionality.
Porous Ceramics, Porous Metals, Hydroxyapatite, Water-Resistant Coatings, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fouling Coatings