Prof. Raj is engaged into two areas of research: (i) Flash Sintering and Related Phenomena, and (ii) Polymer Derived Ceramics (PDCs). He collaborates actively with institutions and Germany and Italy in both areas. He was invited for a two week visit to four laboratories in Germany who are engaged in research related to Flash Sintering: Juelich, Duisburg, Hamburg, and Goettingen. Graduate students from these institutions have spent extended periods in his laboratory. They work along side four graduate students and one post-doc. The work on PDCs is supported by the five-year PIRE-NSF program. This work is related to additive manufacturing of ceramic matrix composites, with relevance to next generation gas turbine engines and to the growing activities collectively called “Hypersonics”. The research on Flash Sintering, which was discovered in his laboratory is expanding into a new field of research. The original paper, published in 2010 was cited more than 100 times in 2019.
Energetic Processing of Ceramics, flash sintering, polymer derived ceramics, nano layer additive manufacturing, ceramic matrix composites, silicon carbide fibers, extreme environments, high temperature deformation and fracture, oxidation resistance
FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
MCEN 5044 - Mechanical Behavior of Materials
Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
This introductory-level graduate course incorporates relevant aspects of materials science, solid mechanics, thermodynamics and mathematics, and applies them to achieve a fundamental understanding of the mechanical behavior of crystalline and non-crystalline engineering materials.