My research is in ceramic materials for space applications. I am evaluating different ceramic materials for use in extreme environments, with a focus on materials that can improve in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) processes. Lunar ISRU is seen as a critical step toward establishing a permanent human presence on the Moon. Several of these processes require high temperatures (>1500C) and contact with corrosive/reactive species. The goal of my research is to find materials that can be used in these ISRU processes.
The number of technologies and materials developed for space applications is incredible! The extreme environments that spacecrafts and instruments must endure and operate in have led to so much innovation and ingenuity. I am inspired by how much we have learned from past space exploration missions and I am excited for what remains to be discovered in the future.
The Moon. The view of Earth from the lunar surface must be amazing!
Either canyon carving in a car or parked in front of a TV, pulling my hair out while watching my sports teams lose.
The Martian by Andy Weir.
Picture of Kevin evaluating a supercritical drier that he designed for producing aerogels at JPL.