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W. Scherer, George

Visiting Fellows in Technologies

Research field

Materials Science


George W. Scherer received his BS and MS degrees in 1972 and his PhD in materials science in 1974, all from MIT, where his thesis work was on crystal growth in glass. From 1974 to 1985, he was at Corning Glass Works, where his research included optical fiber fabrication, viscous sintering, and viscoelastic stress analysis. The latter work was the subject of his first book, Relaxation in Glass and Composites (Wiley, 1986). From 1985 through 1995, he was a member of the Central Research Dept. of the DuPont Company, where his work dealt principally with sol-gel processing, and especially with drying. In collaboration with Jeff Brinker of Sandia National Labs, he wrote a book entitled Sol-Gel Science (Academic Press, 1990). In addition, he is the author of ~325 papers and holds 10 US patents. He has received a number of awards for his research and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering of the United States.
In February, 1996, he became a full professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, and a member of the Princeton Materials Institute (now called PRISM). His research involves mechanisms of deterioration of concrete and stone, particularly by crystallization of ice and salts in the pores, as well as studies of hydration of cement and transport properties of cement paste and other porous materials. He has active collaborations with Elisa Franzoni’s group in Bologna and Robert Flatt’s group in Zurich, along with several groups in the US.

Structure Dept. Civil & Env. Eng./PRISM (Full Professor)

Princeton University

Princeton ,  USA

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Prof. Elisa Franzoni

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica, Ambientale e dei Materiali