Paul Andrew Salvador is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he is also the Director of the Master’s program in Energy Science, Technology & Policy (EST&P). He received his B.S.E. in MSE from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and his Ph.D. in MSE from Northwestern University in 1997. He worked at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs (ENSI) de Caen within the Laboratoire de Cristallographie et Sciences des Matériaux (CRISMAT), in Caen, France, as a Chateaubriand Fellow in 1997 and a CNRS Visiting Scientist in 1998. Paul joined the MSE Department at CMU as an Assistant Professor in 1999, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004, and to Professor in 2008; he began directing the EST&P program in 2018. In 2011, he was an Invited Professor at the Université de Caen, Basse-Normandie, hosted by the CRISMAT Laboratory.
Paul’s research is focused on the fabrication, characterization, and simulation of advanced ceramic materials having specific structural and physical properties, as well as on determining structure-property relationships in those materials. Much of his work has focused on how defects impact transport mechanisms in electronic and electrochemical ceramics, having applications in various technologies, ranging from data storage, to communications, to manufacturing, and to energy applications. He has published approximately 150 archival journal articles, reviewed conference proceedings, and book chapters., and has 1 patent. His research is very collaborative, especially with other groups at CMU, the SOFC group at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, and the Laboratoire CRISMAT in Caen, France.
Paul joined ACerS in 1994 and is an active member of the Basic Science Division (BSD). He was the Faculty Advisor to CMU Student Chapter of ACerS / Materials Advantage from 2001 to 2006 and was a Ceramics Education Council Officer from 2005 to 2008. He has organized symposia and programming, participated in BSD Award Committees, and served as a BSD Officer from 2015 through 2020. He has reviewed for the Journal actively from 2012 and has been an Associate Editor for the Journal since 2014.
Paul’s research currently focuses on designing heterostructures for sustainable fuel production, including solar water splitting; understanding performance of materials in electrochemical cells for advanced energy systems, especially electrodes of solid oxide fuel and electrolysis cells; and developing high-throughput methodologies for epitaxial stabilization of new materials, focusing on electronic ceramics.