Theodore M. Besmann, Group Leader
Surface Processing & Mechanics Group
Materials Science & Technology Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
P.O. Box 2008
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6063
Phone: (865) 574-6852
Fax: (865) 574-4913
- Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering and Solid State Science, Pennsylvania State University, 1976
- M.S., Nuclear Engineering, Iowa State University, 1971
- B.E., Chemical Engineering, New York University, 1970
- 1985 to present Head, Surface Processing and Mechanics Group, Metals and Ceramics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Supervise research of 6 scientists/engineers, 7 technicians, and several post-docs and students in preparation and properties of fuel cell materials, high-temperature composites, coatings, thermodynamics and wear behavior. Responsibilities also include acquiring funding and pursuing individual research. Funding level of $3 million.
- 2000-2001 Section Head, Ceramic Science and Technology Section, Metals and Ceramics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While retaining my group leader role I also was line management for my section that included 5 other groups (~70 staff). Responsibilities included program development, staff development, strategic planning, management of R&D and office space, and ES&H oversight. The Section Head level of management was eliminated at ORNL in October of 2001 and I returned to my sole group leader function.
- 1975 to 1979 and 1981 to 1985 Development Staff, Chemical Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Performed research on high-temperature chemistry, coatings, and the chemical thermodynamics of energy-related systems.
- 1979 to 1981 Associate Director, ORNL National Energy Perspective. Directed development of the Laboratory's own view of U.S. energy futures which led to publication of the book A Desirable Energy Future.
- 1972 to 1975 Graduate assistantship and Ph.D. thesis research, The Materials Research Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University. Performed research on chemical vapor deposition in the titanium-boron system.
- 1971 to 1972 Graduate assistantship, The Pennsylvania State University, Developed techniques for the neutron activation analysis of human hair and the production of Na18F for biomedical purposes.
- 1970 to 1971 M.S. thesis research, Iowa State University. Studied the changes in morphology of gamma-irradiated polyethylene.
- Chair year 2002 Gordon Conference on High Temperature Materials, Processes, and Diagnostics
- Editor of Chemical Vapor Deposition proceedings series for the Electrochemical Society
- Member of Council (1997-99), Materials Research Society
- Vice President for Corporate Relations (1995-98), American Ceramic Society
- Editor, Advanced Materials CVD
- CoChair, Fall 1994 Meeting of the Materials Research Society
- Chair, 13th International Conference on Chemical Vapor Deposition, 1996
- Organizing Committee, "High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites" International Meetings
- Past Division Chair, American Ceramic Society
- Twice Symposium Chair, Materials Research Society