Alcoa Foundation Professor
Whitaker Lab 445
5 E. Packer Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone Number: 
(610) 758-4227
Martin P. Harmer

Areas of Research

Sintering and Gain Growth
Electron Microscopy
Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites
Energy Science
Life Science
National Defense
Structural and Chemical Characterization
Synthesis and Processing
Grain Boundaries and Complexions


Dr. Harmer pursues research in the science of ceramic powder processing, particularly sintering, and the understanding and control of the relationships between the microstructure and properties of advanced structural and electronic ceramic materials. Recent projects include sintering of nanoparticles on metals (gold) and ceramics. His research group is involved with the kinetic engineering of interfaces (grain boundaries and surfaces) in ceramic and metal systems in order to tailor their atomic transport rates, microstructure, and properties. It focuses on the discovery that internal interfaces have complex three-dimensional structures called "complexions."

Dr. Harmer was previously director of the Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology(CAMN) and the Materials Research Center and the Ceramics Research Laboratory. He has 250 publications, is included in Thomson ISI's list of most highly-cited researchers, and serves as editor of Acta Materialia. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACS), and has won numerous national and international awards, including the ACS' Kingery Lifetime Achievement Awardas well as its highest honor for basic science achievement, the Robert B. Sosman Award. He has won teaching and research awards at Lehigh, and is a member of the World Academy of Ceramics, European Academy of Sciences, and International Institute for the Science of Sintering and is a fellow of the ACS.


D.Sc., Ceramics, Leeds University, England
Ph.D., Ceramic Science, Leeds University
B.S., Ceramic Science, Leeds University