Carlos Levi

Materials, Mechanical Engineering
levic [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu

A schematic of an airfoil and a magnified view of a surface zone with the thermal barrier coating (TBC) and bond coat layers identified.
A schematic of an airfoil and a magnified view of a surface zone with the thermal barrier coating (TBC) and bond coat layers identified.

Institute Role
Member of Production & Storage Solutions Group

Role in Affiliated Centers
Member of the Center for Multifunctional Materials & Structures and the International Center for Materials Research

The overarching theme of Carlos Levi's research is the fundamental understanding of microstructure evolution, with emphasis on structural alloys and ceramics, and the application of this understanding to the chemical and microstructural design of coatings, composites and monolithic systems. Much of his current research focuses on materials which would enable more efficient and environmentally cleaner energy and transportation technologies. He also has had a long-standing interest on metastable structures evolving from processes characterized by large departures from equilibrium, starting with rapid solidification and currently emphasizing vapor deposition and synthesis of inorganics from precursors.

Carlos G. Levi holds Ph.D. (1981) and M.Sc. (1977) degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Levi joined the faculty at UC Santa Barbara in 1984 and holds a joint appointment in Materials and Mechanical Engineering. He oversees the Structural Materials Processing Laboratory and is a participant in the Center for Multifunctional Materials and Structures, the Pratt & Whitney Center of Excellence in Composites, the Materials Research Laboratory and the NSF-sponsored International Center for Materials Research.

Levi has published over 150 articles and has been recognized for specific contributions to the literature with numerous awards including the 1983 Howe Medal from ASM International and a 1990 Significant Contribution Award from the MST Division of the American Nuclear Society. He was honored for his career contributions to Materials Science with the 2002 Alexander von Humboldt Forschungspreis, the 2008 NIMS Award for Recent Breakthroughs in Materials Science for Energy and Environment (shared with A.G. Evans and D.R. Clarke) and most recently was elected Fellow of the American Ceramic Society.  Levi is a member of the The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), the American Ceramic Society and ASM International.  He has consulted for various industrial organizations throughout his career, and is currently a member of the Technical Advisory Board for Alcoa Power and Propulsion (Howmet).  

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