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Martha L. Mecartney

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Martha L. Mecartney

Areas of Expertise

Materials Science and Engineering for Energy and the Environment, Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Electrolytes, Nuclear Waste Host Materials, Nanoparticle Metrology, Grain Boundaries and Interfaces, Superplastic Ceramics, Transmission Electron Microscopy



Academic Preparation

Post-doctoral Scholar, Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart, Germany (1984-1985)

Ph.D. Stanford University, Materials Science & Engineering (1984)

M.S. Stanford University, Materials Science & Engineering (1980)

B.S. Case Western Reserve University, Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science (1979)

B.A. Case Western Reserve University, Classics (1979)

Professional Appointments

2002 - present Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, UC Irvine
2001 Affiliated Faculty Member with the Newkirk Center for Science and Society
2000 Affiliated Faculty Member with the National Fuel Cell Research Center
1999 Affiliated Faculty Member with the Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility
1990 - 2001 Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, UC Irvine
1998 - 2000 Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, UC Irvine (50% position)
Winter 1989 Visiting Scientist, Rockwell Science Center, Thousand Oaks, CA
1989 Affiliated Faculty Member in Interfacial Engineering UMN
1988 Affiliated Faculty Member in Ancient Studies UMN
1985 - 1992 1992 Assistant Professor, Chemical Eng. and Materials Science, U. of Minnesota.
1990-1992 Leave of absence


  • C.M. Hoo, M.L. Mecartney, P. West, and N. Starostina, “A Comparison of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) Methods to Characterize Nanoparticle Size Distributions,” Journal of Nanoparticle Research 10 [1] 89-96 (2008).
  • R.P. Dillon, D.K. Kim, J.E. Trujillo, W. M. Kriven, and M.L. Mecartney, “Creep Characteristics of Alumina, Nickel Alumina spinel, Zirconia Composites,” Journal of Materials Research 23 [2] 556-564 (2008).
  • Lili Taherabadi, Joy E. Trujillo, Tiandan Chen, John R. Porter, and Martha L. Mecartney, “Observation of Dislocation Assisted High Temperature Deformation in Mullite and Mullite Composites,” Journal of the European Ceramic Society 28 [2] 371-376 (2008).
  • T. Chen, F.A. Mohamed, M.L. Mecartney, “Threshold behavior and dislocation accommodated superplastic deformation in an alumina-zirconia-mullite ceramic composite,” Acta Materialia 54 [17] 4415-4426 (2006).
  • T. Chen and M.L Mecartney, “A High-Strain-Rate Alumina-based Ceramic Composite,” Journal of the American Ceramic Society 88 [4] 1004-1006 (2005)
  • A.A. Sharif and M.L. Mecartney“Superplasticity in cubic yttria stabilized zirconia with 10 wt.% alumina,” Journal of the European Ceramic Society 24 [7] 2041-2047 (2004). 
  • M.C. Martin and M.L. Mecartney. “Grain Boundary Ionic Conductivity of Yttria Stabilized Zirconia as a Function of Silica Content and Grain Size,” Solid State Ionics, 161 [1-2] 67-79 (2003).
  • A.A. Sharif and M.L. Mecartney. “Superplasticity in Cubic Yttria-Sabilized Zirconia with Intergranular Silica,” Acta Materialia, 51 [6] 1633-9 (2003).
  • 9. P.H. Imamura, T. Sakuma, N.D. Evans, and M.L. Mecartney, “High Temperature Tensile Deformation of Glass Doped 3Y-TZP,” Journal of the American Ceramic Society , 83 [12] 3095-3099 (2000).
  • 10. A.A. Sharif, P.H. Imamura, T.E. Mitchell, and M.L. Mecartney, “Grain Growth of Cubic Yttria Stabilized Zirconia in the Presence of Intergranular Silicate Phases,” Acta Mat. 46 3863-3872 (1998).

Professional Service/Activities

  1. Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Solid State Studies in Ceramics, (2012)
  2. Organizer for Design, Simulation and Computation Modeling of Interfaces Symposium for PACRIM 2009 American Ceramic Society (2009)
  3. Diversity Advisory Council member for the Graduate Division, UC Irvine, (2007-present)
  4. Graduate Advisor, Materials Science and Engineering and GAANN Director, UC Irvine, (2007-present)
  5. Chair of the Academic Senate, UC Irvine (2006/2007), Secretary and Chair-Elect (2005/2006)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Board of Governors, Council for Frontiers of Knowledge, Uganda, Africa (2008-current)
  • Counselor, Basic Science Division, American Ceramic Society (2008-2011)
  • Chair of the Basic Science Division of the American Ceramic Society (2007/2008)

Awards and Honors

  • Professor of the Year, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, UCI, 2006
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Math, Science, and Engineering Mentoring (White House/NSF) 2003
  • Crystal Award from MANA (Orange County Hispanic women’s mentoring organization) for mentoring activities at UCI, 2001
  • David and Lucille Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, 1988
  • Fellowship for Faculty Study Visit to the Federal Republic of Germany, from German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Summer 1986

Graduate Research Advising

  • Supervised 16 Ph.D. dissertations and 10 M.S. research projects in the fields of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Ancient Studies, and three post-doctoral scholars. Currently supervising 4 Ph.D. students and one M.S. student (2009).

Professional Society Membership

  • Member, American Ceramic Society
  • Member, Materials Research Society
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science