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Ceramic, Composite and Optical Materials Center (CCOMC)

Rutgers Univesity

Clemson University

Last Reviewed: 01/17/2020

The CCOMC combines the ceramic processing and structural materials expertise of the Rutgers researchers, the expertise of the Clemson researchers in the chemical synthesis of ceramic, related optical materials and the processing of particulate materials. It functions as a complete ceramic science and engineering center with extreme versatility in developing synthesis and processing systems for powders at all length scales. It has the capability and goal to develop leading edge ceramic, polymer/ceramic composite and nano materials and processes to improve the technical base that is needed by companies to compete successfully in the global marketplace

Center Mission and Rationale

The mission of the Center is to create and transfer to Center Members the new technologies and relevant technical base to drive development of competitive, reproducible ceramic, polymer/ceramic composites, particulate materials and nanomaterials for advanced, high performance systems.

Research program

CCOMC Research Thrusts

The overall research program of the Center comprises a cooperative research program, individual projects for industry, Government grants and contracts and joint Government projects with industry.  Suggestions for new projects are encouraged at any time from individual member organizations, the IAB as a whole and faculty members. Individual projects are selected by the IAB at their semi-annual meetings for an initial period of two years.  If the project receives approval for continuation at this point, the project continues until the student finishes graduate study.  Individual members of the IAB are encouraged to make recommendations for the future direction of the research on each project at semi-annual review meetings both through LIFE forms and to individual faculty.  These recommendations are compiled and made available to the IAB, the Center Director, the Site Directors and the Principal Investigators.  The IAB reviews these project evaluations and recommendations for change in the IAB meeting at the end of each semi-annual review meeting and provides their consensus feedback for both individual projects and the overall research program to the Director and the Site Directors.


CCOMC Research Thrust Areas

Powder Synthesis and Processing

Additive Manufacturing of Filled Systems

Nanomaterial Particulate Synthesis and Processing

Ceramics for Opaque and Transparent Armor

Optical Material Synthesis and Processing

An example of one specific thrust is Powder Synthesis and Materials Processing.This thrust focuses on projects selected by member organizations through their vote on the IAB as the most relevant to their interests in generic topics in powder synthesis and materials processing.  Projects include powder synthesis, powder mixing, advanced coating techniques and other generic topics in powder synthesis and materials processing.  The current research projects are: 

  - Modeling of Binder Removal, J.Matthewson, K.Akdogan

  - Transformations in a-BN to c-BN, C.Hwang, R.Haber

  - Processing of Titanium Boride Powders, R.Haber

  - Additive Manufacturing by Direct Injection, R.Haber

  - Green Body Microstructure Uniformity in SLA Printed Alumina, R.Haber

  - Arc Melted High Temperature Ceramics, R.Haber

  - Amorphization in Boron Carbide, R.Haber

  - Wettability control by the fiber shape from natural to artificial super fibers, K.Kornev

  - Fibers that will possess hydrophobic/oleophobic for an extended period of time, I.Luzinov

  - Multicomponent fiber extrusion capabilities and exploration, P.Brown


Special Activities

We arrange two CCOMC Meetings per year, one to be held at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey which is in the Spring and Clemson University, SC hold their CCOMC Meeting in the Fall.

Facilities and Laboratory

The Center’s Clemson research laboratories are primarily located in laboratories allocated by Clemson in the Advanced Materials Research Laboratory, the Department of Material Science and Engineer, the Department of Chemistry and the COMSET facilities. This $21,000,000, 110,000 ft2 world-class facility is located at the ClemsonResearchPark. At Rutgers, the Center’s research is primarily conducted in a building constructed to house the CCR and the Department of Material Science and Engineering, the Rutgers forerunner to the CCOMC. This state-of-the art building was made possible by funding provided by the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, $9,000,000 of the $10,000,000 required for the construction of the Center building and over $8,000,000 for the purchase of research equipment.


Clemson University

269 Sirrine Hall

Clemson, South Carolina, 29634

United States

864 656 6072

Rutgers Univesity

607 Taylor Road

Piscataway, New Jersey, 08854

United States