February webinar: “High entropy environmental barrier coatings” 

February 17, 2021; 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern US time

Hosted by the Washington DC/Northern VA/MD Section, this webinar features a presentation from Professor Elizabeth Opila (University of Virginia). In her presentation, the thermal, thermomechanical, and thermochemical properties of high entropy rare earth silicates and oxides are described with emphasis on application as environmental barrier coatings. 


Elizabeth Opila is a professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center for Advanced Materials Systems at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she has been since 2010.  Prior to that, she held the position of materials research engineer at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH for 19 years where she worked primarily on ceramics for applications in turbine engines, rocket engines, hot structures for thermal protections systems, and other power and propulsion applications.  She has worked on environmental barrier coatings since their inception in 1995.  Her current research focus includes understanding thermodynamic and kinetic mechanisms for material degradation in extreme environments, development of life prediction methodology based on understanding of fundamental chemical reaction mechanisms, and materials development for protection of materials from extreme environments.   Additional research areas of interest include defect chemistry of functional oxides.   Prof. Opila received her BS in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Illinois, her MS in Materials Science from the University of California Berkeley, and her PhD in Materials Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She is a consultant for the NASA Engineering and Safety Center – Materials Technical Discipline Team.  She is Fellow of The American Ceramic Society (2014) and the Electrochemical Society (2013).  She is a past chair of the High Temperature Materials Division/Electrochemical Society. Opila chaired the Gordon Conferences on High Temperature Corrosion in 2019 and High Temperature Materials, Processes, & Diagnostics in 2008. She is also a member of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and the Materials Research Society.  She has over 130 publications, is editor of 10 proceedings volumes, and coinventor on six patents. 


ACerS member: no cost
ACerS GGRN and Material Advantage student member: no cost
Non-member: $30
Non-member student: $15

If you have any questions, please contact Karen McCurdy.

This webinar is brought to you by ACerS Washington DC/Northern VA/MD Section.