Mari-Ann Einarsrud is professor at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. She received a PhD from Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) in 1987. She became an associate professor at NTH after graduation and from 1997 she has been a full professor at NTNU. She has been on sabbatical leave at MIT, National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials (NIRIM), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and Stockholm University.
Einarsrud has published >270 publications, 2 book chapters and has 4 patents. Two start-up companies have emerged from her group’s research (Cerpotech AS and Protia AS (Now Coors Tek Membranes AS)). Her leading role in ceramic materials and novel synthesis has led to several breakthroughs including development of an environmentally friendly aqueous chemical solution synthesis platform. This platform has been successful for, e.g., the fabrication of textured ceramics, 1D nanostructures, thin films, and hybrid materials. She has developed in situ characterization methodology of great importance for preparation of property-engineered ceramics. Her expertise has contributed to a growing international recognition exemplified that she was selected as one of 100 successful women in ceramics and glass science worldwide profiled in a book published by Wiley. Professor Einarsrud is serving several national societies and she is member of the COST Scientific Board, Horizon Europe.
She is currently member of the Basic Science and Energy Materials and Systems Divisions and has been organizer of several ACerS symposia. Her current research interests concern ceramics development for sustainable energy technologies, dielectric, ferro- and piezoelectric materials as well as processing methodology and in situ synthesis characterization.