J.E. Funk Jr. holds degrees in ceramic engineering and biology, as well as a Ph.D. in chemistry. He has worked in industry with clay-based ceramics and silicon carbide, and in university research on emulsion polymerization and coal-water slurries designed for electrical power generation. He specializes in developing the combination of processing, particle physics and slip chemistry necessary to predictably maximize yields.
This second article in a four-part series concerning ceramic slips will focus on rheology and slip stability as measured by gelation (gel) curves, the effect of plasticity imparted by clays and associated chemistry, and casting properties.