University of California, Santa Barbara

Faculty Profile

Carlos G. Levi


Mechanical Engineering

Carlos G. Levi


1361D Eng. II, Materials Department
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5050

tel: 805-893-2381
fax: 805-893-8486

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Research Description

Fundamental understanding of microstructure evolution during the processing of inorganic materials, especially structural alloys and ceramics, and the application of this understanding to the design of new monolithic, coating and composite materials.

Research Groups


Professor Levi joined the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1984 and is currently Full Professor. He holds a joint appointment between the Materials Department, where he was Associate Chair (1992-2003), and the Department of Mechanical Engineeering. He oversees the Structural Materials Processing Laboratory and is a participant in the NSF-sponsored International Center for Materials Research, the Materials Research Laboratory, the Center for Multifunctional Materials and Structures and the Institute for Energy Efficiency at UCSB. The ovearching theme of his research is understanding the microstructure of materials and its evolution during processing and service, with emphasis on structural and functional inorganic materials. His expertise in materials processing includes physical vapor deposition, powder processing and solidification technologies, fabrication processes for inorganic composites, and synthesis of inorganics from precursors. His research is currently funded by NSF, ONR, AFOSR, DOE, Pratt & Whitney and Honeywell Aerospace. He has published over 150 articles on his research, and has been recognized for specific contributions to the literature with the 1983 Howe Medal and the 1989 Grossmann Award, both from ASM International, a 1990 Significant Contribution Award of the MST Division of the American Nuclear Society, and a 2004 DLR Wissenschaftspreis from the German Aerospace Agency. He was honored for his career contributions to Materials Science with the 2002 Alexander von Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists, the 2008 NIMS Award for Recent Breakthroughs in Materials Science for Energy and Environment, and elected Fellow of the American Ceramic Society in 2012. Professor Levi is a member of the The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), where he has served in the Board of Directors and the leadership of the Materials Processing and Manufacturing Division, as well as numerous technical and administrative committees. He is also a member of the American Ceramic Society and ASM International, a member of the Editorial Board of Materials Science and Engineering, and previously served in the Board of Review of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions. He is a member of the Alcoa Howmet Technical Advisory Board and a consultant for various other companies.


  • Center for Multifunctional Materials and Structures
  • International Center for Materials Research
  • Materials Research Laboratory
  • Institute for Energy Efficiency


  • Fellow, American Ceramic Society, 2012
  • NIMS Award for Recent Breakthroughs in Materials Science, 2008
  • DLR Wissenschaftspreis, 2004
  • Alexander von Humboldt Forschungspreis, 2002
  • Marcus A. Grossman Young Author Award, 1989
  • Henry Marion Howe Medal, 1983

Selected Publications

  • Engineered Coatings for Ni Alloys in High Temperature Reactors, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 43, 2012, (in press), E.A. Clark, J.Y.Yang, D. Kumar, G.S. Was and C.G. Levi, web link
  • Environmental Degradation of TBCs by Molten Deposits, MRS Bulletin, 37, 2012, (in press), C.G. Levi, J.W. Hutchinson, M.-H. Vidal-Sétif, C.A. Johnson, web link
  • Effect of Yttria Content on the Zirconia Unit Cell Parameters, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 94, 2011, 4548-4555, Jessica A. Krogstad, Maren Lepple, Yan Gao, Don M. Lipkin, and Carlos G. Levi, web link
  • Phase Stability of t’ Zirconia-based TBCs: Mechanistic Insights, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 94, 2011, S168-S177, J.A. Krogstad, S. Krämer, D.M. Lipkin, C.A. Johnson, D.R.G. Mitchell, J.M. Cairney and C.G. Levi, web link
  • CMAS Interaction with Yttrium Monosilicate Environmental Barrier Coatings, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 93, 2010, 3504-3511, K.M. Grant, S. Krämer, G.G.E. Seward and C.G. Levi, web link
  • Low Thermal Conductivity without Vacancies in Equi-Molar YO1.5-TaO2.5 and YbO1.5-TaO2.5 Sta-bilized Tetragonal Zirconia Ceramics, Acta Materialia, 58, 2010, 4424-4431, Y. Shen, R.M. Leckie, C.G. Levi and D.R. Clarke, web link
  • Ductile Phase Toughening of Brazed Joints, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 40A, 2009, 1413-1341, N.R. Philips, C.G. Levi and A.G. Evans, web link
  • Vapor Deposited Samarium Zirconate Thermal Barrier Coatings, Surface and Coatings Technology, 203, 2009, 3157-3167, H. Zhao, C.G. Levi, H.N.G. Wadley, web link
  • Phase Equilibria in the TiO2-YO1.5-ZrO2 System, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 28, 2008, 2509-2520, T.A. Schaedler, O. Fabrichnaya and C.G. Levi, web link
  • The Influence of Oxides on the Performance of Advanced Gas Turbines, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 28, 2008, 1405-1419, A.G. Evans, D.R. Clarke and C.G. Levi, web link

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