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Martin P. Harmer

Co-Founder, Senior Technical Expert

Martin P. Harmer is the Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Material Science and Engineering and the Senior Faculty Advisor for Research Initiatives at Lehigh University. He obtained a B.Sc. degree, a Ph.D and a D.Sc in ceramics from Leeds University in England. He joined Lehigh University as an Assistant Professor of Material Science and Engineering in 1980 where he has supervised 65 Ph.D. students and 25 post-doctoral researchers and published over 300 papers. His research has focused on understanding the fundamental mechanisms of interfacial transport and microstructure development in structural and electronic ceramics. His work has led to fundamental discoveries about the nature of grain boundaries including a breakthrough experimental discovery of grain boundary complexions. These discoveries led to him becoming the founder of GrainBound.