Materials Science & Engineering
Kathleen Richardson
Kathleen Richardson


Materials Science and Engineering

Phone: (864) 656-1155; (864) 656-0549
Office: 206 AMRL Building; 299A Sirrine Hall

Recent Publications & Awards

  • Fellow, Optical Society of America (OSA), for contributions to the advancement of glass science in optics through teaching and research across institutions and international boundaries. (2009)
  • Outstanding Educator Award, American Ceramic Society, Ceramic Education Council (CEC), for truly outstanding work and creativity in teaching, in directing student research, or in the general educational process (lectures, publications, etc.) of ceramic educators. (2009)
  • Member, Tau Beta Pi Honor Society (2009)
  • Samuel R. Scholes Lecture and Award, Alfred University, Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, for international contributions to glass science and engineering research and education (2008)
  • Featured lecturer, SPIE Women in Optics Lecture, SPIE Photonics West meeting, San Jose CA (2008)
  • Fellow, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), for distinguished contributions in optical materials and optical science and engineering education (2008)
  • Award for Faculty Excellence, Clemson University Board of Trustees (2005, 2007, 2009)
  • Fellow, American Ceramic Society, for longstanding contributions to the advancement of ceramic science and technology to the community, (2006)
  • Featured Scientist, in Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), “Women in Optics,” (2006)
  • Fellow, Society of Glass Technology, United Kingdom, awarded for outstanding contributions to the international glass science community, (2003)


  • "Final shape of precision molded optics: Part II – Validation and sensitivity to material properties and process parameters,” Balajee Ananthasayanam, Paul F. Joseph, Vincent Y. Blouin, Daniel Cler, Scott Gaylord, Laeticia Petit, Kathleen C. Richardson, Matthew Stairiker, Matthew Tardiff, J. Thermal Stresses 35, (2012) 614-636
  • “Iso-structural substitution of S by Se in Ge28Sb12S60-xSex glass network and evolution of glass properties,” G. Guery, J.D. Musgraves, C. Labrugere, E. Fargin, T. Cardinal, K. Richardson, J. Non-Cryst. Solids  358 (2012) 1740-1745

  • “Influence of Bi2O3 content on the crystallization behavior of TeO2-Bi2O3-ZnO glass system,” X. Hu, G. Guery, J. Boerstler, J.D. Musgraves, D. Vanderveer, P. Wachtel, K. Richardson J. Non-Cryst. Solids 358 (2012) 952-958

  • “Effect of replacement of As by Ge and Sb on the photo-response under NIR femtosecond laser irradiation in As-based sulfide glasses,” N. Carlie, J. D. Musgraves, L. Petit, G. Boudebs, J. Choi, M. Richardson, K. Richardson,  Intl. J. of Appl. Glass Science 2 4 (2011) 308-320

  • “Photo-induced trimming of coupled ring-resonator filters and delay lines in As2S3 chalcogenide glass,” A. Canciamilla, S. Grillanda, F. Morichetti, C. Ferrari, J. Hu, J.D. Musgraves, K. Richardson, A. Agarwal, L.C. Kimerling, A. Melloni, Opt. Lett. 36 20 (2011) 4002-4004

  • “Composition dependence of the viscosity and other physical properties in the arsenic selenide glass system,” J. David Musgraves, P. Wachtel, S. Novak, J. Wilkinson, K. Richardson, J. Appl. Phys.110  (2011) 063503

  • “Processing and Characterization of TeO2-Bi2O3-ZnO glass ceramics,” X. Hu, G. Guery, J. D. Musgraves, D. Vanderveer, J. Boerstler, N. Carlie, P. Wachtel, S. Raffy*, R. Stolen, K. Richardson, J. Non-Cryst. Sols. 357 21 (2011) 3648-3653

  • “Towards universal enrichment nanocoating for IR-ATR waveguides,” James Giammarco, Bogdan Zdyrko, Laeticia Petit, J. David Musgraves, Juejun Hu, Anu Agarwal, Lionel Kimerling, Kathleen Richardson, and Igor Luzinov, Chemical Communications 47 32 (2011) 9104-9106

  • "Laser-induced structural modification, its mechanisms, and applications in glassy optical materials,”  J.D. Musgraves, K. Richardson, H. Jain, Opt. Mater. Exp. 1 (5) (2011) 921-935

  • “Comparison of the optical, thermal and structural properties of Ge-Sb-S thin films deposited using thermal evaporation and pulsed laser deposition techniques,” J.D. Musgraves, N. Carlie, J. Hu, L. Petit, A. Agarwal, L. C. Kimerling, K. A. Richardson, Acta Materialia 59 12 (2011) 5032-5039

  • “Measurement of the refractive index dispersion of As2Se3 bulk glass and thin films prior to and after laser irradiation and annealing using prism coupling in the near- and mid-infrared spectral range,” N. Carlie, N. C. Anheier Jr., H. A. Qiao, B. Bernacki, M. C. Phillips, L. Petit, J. D. Musgraves, K. Richardson, Rev. Sci. Inst., 82 5 (2011) 053102

  • “Chalcogenide Photonics,” B. Eggleton, B. Luther-Davies and K. Richardson, Nature Photonics 5 (2011) 141-148

  • “Processing of tellurite-based glass with low OH content,” J. Massera, A. Haldeman, J. Jackson, C. Rivero-Baleine, L. Petit, K. Richardson, J. Amer. Cer. Soc94 1 (2011) 71-77

  • “Integrated chalcogenide waveguide resonators for mid-IR sensing: Leveraging material properties to meet fabrication challenges,” N. Carlie, J.D. Musgraves, B. Zydrko, I. Luzinov, J. Hu, V. Singh, A. Agarwal, L. C. Kimerling, A. Canciamilla, F. Morichetti,  A. Melloni, and K. Richardson, Opt. Express  18 25 (2010) 26728-26743

  • “Amorphous Tm3+ doped sulfide thin films fabricated by sputtering,” V. Nazabel, A-M. Jurdyc, P. Nemec, M-L. Brandily-Ann, L. Petit, K. Richardson, P. Vinatier, C. Bousquet, T. Cardinal, S. Pechev, and J-L. Adam, J. Opt. Materials 33 (2010) 220–226

  • “Viscosity Properties of Tellurite-Based Glasses,” B. Tincher, J. Massera, L. Petit, K. Richardson, Materials Research Bulletin 45 (2010) 1861-1865

  • “Spatially-controlled dissolution of Ag nanoparticles in irradiated SiO2 sol-gel film,” L. Petit, J. Massera, A. Martin, J. Choi, T. Anderson, Y. Obeng, M. Richardson and K. Richardson,  J. Phys. Chem. of Sols., 71 (2010) 1634–163

  • “How Does Thermal Poling Affect The Structure of Soda-Lime Glass?,” M. Dussauze, V.  Rodriguez, A. Lipovskii, M. Petrov,  K. Richardson,  C. Smith, T. Cardinal,  E. Fargin, and E. Kamitsos, J. Phys. Chem. C, 114 29 (2010) 12754-12759

  • “Nucleation and growth behavior of glasses in the TeO2-Bi2O3-ZnO glass system,” J. Massera, J. Remond, J.D. Musgraves, M.J. Davis, S.T. Misture, L. Petit, K. Richardson, J. Non-Cryst. Sols. 356 (2010) 2947–2955

  • “Thermal and Structural Properties Characterization of Commercially Moldable Glasses,” S. Gaylord, B. Ananthasayanam, L. Petit, C. Cox, U. Fotheringham, P. Joseph, K. Richardson, J. Amer. Cer. Soc., 93 (8), (2010) 2207-2214

  • “Processing and characterization of new oxy-sulfo-telluride glasses in the Ge- Sb-Te-S-O system,” C. Smith, J. Jackson,  L. Petit, K. Richardson, and C. Rivero-Baleine, J. Sol. State Chem. 183 (2010) 1891-1899

  • “Progress on the fabrication of on-chip, integrated chalcogenide glass (ChG)-based sensors,” K. Richardson, L. Petit, N. Carlie, B. Zydrko, I. Luzinov, J. Hu, A. Agarwal, L. Kimerling, T. Anderson, M. Richardson, J.  Nonlinear Opt. Phys. & Materials  19 1, (2010) 75-99.

  • “Resonant cavity enhanced photosensitivity in As2S3 chalcogenide glass at 1550 nm telecommunication wavelength,” J. Hu, M. Torregiani, F. Morichetti, N. Carlie, A. Agarwal, K. Richardson, L. C. Kimerling, and A. Melloni, Opt. Letters 35 6  (2010) 874-876

  • “Glasses in Photonic Applications,” K. Richardson, D. Krol and K. Hirao, Intl. J. of Appl. Glass Science 1 1 (2010) 74–86

  • “Processing and characterization of a core-clad tellurite glass preforms and fibers fabricated by rotational casting,” J. Massera, A. Haldeman, D. Milanese, H. Gebavi, M. Ferraris, P. Foy, W. Hawkins, J. Ballato, R. Stolen, L. Petit, K. Richardson, Optical Materials 32 5 (2010) 582-588

  • “Optical loss reduction in HIC chalcogenide glass waveguides via thermal reflow,” J. Hu, N. Feng, A. Agarwal, L. Kimerling, N. Carlie, L. Petit and K. Richardson, Optics Express, 18 (2010) 1469–1478

  • “Engineering of glasses for advanced optical applications,” N. Carlie, L. Petit, and K. Richardson,  J. of Engineered Fibers and Films 4 (4) (2010) 21-29



PhD in Ceramics/Glass Science and Engineering (1992), MS Glass Science (1988) and BSc in Ceramic Engineering (1982) from Alfred University’s New York State College of Ceramics.


Dr. Richardson currently runs the Glass Processing and Characterization Laboratory (GPCL) within the Center for Optical Materials Science Engineering and Technology (COMSET) at Clemson where her team carries out synthesis and characterization of novel glass and glass ceramic materials for optical applications.  Her research programs examine the role of structure/property relationships in a range of glass and ceramic media and in addition to supervising research programs in infrared glasses for use in integrated optics applications, her group also has industrial and government supported research programs evaluating materials for molded optics, the use of non-oxide glasses in chem-bio planar sensors, and in nano-composites for advanced detection applications.  She has authored more than 120 refereed publications, proceedings and book chapters, and has organized and chaired numerous domestic and international meetings within her discipline.  Professor Richardson is a past-Chair of the Glass and Optical Materials Division (GOMD), past-President of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE) and currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Ceramic Society and an Associate Editor with the International Journal for Applied Glass Science.  She currently serves on advisory boards of numerous organizations, including Virginia Tech’s Materials Science and Engineering Department, the NSF-ERC on Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE) at Princeton University and as part of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), in Sydney Australia. She is a recognized world leader in infrared glass research and education. Since 2006, she has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Alfred University.