Ceramics Device Manufacturing: from Energy to AI

Modern ceramic and glass manufacturing and device design are utilized in many of today's most prominent energy and information devices. From solid state batteries, fuel cells, sensors, and dielectrics, to novel ionic information devices in neuromorphic computation, the applications of these innovative strategies are numerous—and on the rise.   

Over five days, this course explores recent advances in ceramic processing, including large scale synthesis (powders, sintering), 3D manufacturing and printing, and nanoscale-thin film structures integrated for microelectronics. Starting with natural and raw materials, participants will enhance their understanding of ceramic powder and film processing techniques based on sol-gel, pressing, casting, printing, extrusion and film manufacturing.

Program participants will also discover new strategies related to:

  • Processes of diffusion and sintering to form solid ceramic or glass-type structures
  • Basic properties of functional ceramics and devices, including electrochemical, ionic and mixed ionic/electronic conductors, magnetic, dielectric, memristive, thermochemical and more
  • Ceramic component and device-level design in a wide range of relevant applications in the energy and information fields, including solid state batteries, sensors, memories, batteries, solar-to-fuel converters, solid oxide fuel cells and others

Earn a Professional Certificate

This course may be taken individually or as part of the Professional Certificate Program in Design & Manufacturing.

Lead Instructor(s): 

Jennifer L.M. Rupp


TBA Summer 2020

Course Length: 

5 Days

Course Fee: 





  • Closed

Participant Takeaways: 

  • Learn the fundamentals and deepened knowledge on the basics and recent innovation on material processing, and various strategies for ceramic and glass manufacturing (ranging from large scale and powder manufacturing to thin film manufacturing)
  • Become familiar on how to decide on a particular ceramic/glass processing route for a device architecture and functional property design
  • Understand and design of structure-property relations for ceramic and glass type structures to control functions in electrochemistry, ionic conductivity, redox-processes and others
  • Study applications of ceramic devices accross industry and new trends, including engineering of multiple constituents for energy (battery, fuel cells, solar-fuel converters, other case examples) to information and tracking devices (memories, computing components, sensors)
  • Place applicability of ceramic processes and device engineering in context for industrial processes, using classic and new manufacturing routes. Deepened knowledge on electrochemical applications, including batteries, sensors, fuel cells, or others


Who Should Attend: 

This course will be useful to materials processing engineers, device design and product engineers (especially within the areas of batteries, solid state batteries, fuel cells, sensors, ceramic/glass memories and neuromorphic computing applications), research engineers, research scientists, managers, VPs of product development and manufacturing, technology and innovation strategists, from industries such as chemistry/powder/glass manufacturers, electrochemical devices, thin film manufacturers or integrators, energy devices, electronics, consumer products, information/computation devices and chip processing.

Program Outline: 

Day 1: (9:30 am - 5:30 pm)

- Introduction to Ceramics and Glasses, Evolution of Functional Ceramics from Broader Perspective
- Ceramic and Glass Materials: Energy and Information Market Landscape; Emerging Trends
- Ceramic Manufacturing: Powder Synthesis Routes & Science of Colloidal Processing

Lunch: Participants introduction; course schedule discussion

- Ceramic Manufacturing: Forming of Ceramics and Sintering

Lab 1: Ceramic Processing

Evening & Social Event: Networking Reception

Day 2: (9:30 am - 5:30 pm)

- Ceramic Basics: Understanding Ceramic and Glass Structures & Opportunities for Engineering
- Ceramic Basics II: Defect Engineering of Ceramics
- Ceramic Basics III: Mass and Charge Transport Design

Lunch: Networking and Discussion on Industry Applications and Needs

- Ceramic Basics IV: Electrochemistry

Lab 2: Design of Ceramics with Electrochemical Functions

Day 3: (9:30 am - 5:30 pm)

- Group Short Presentation 5min Elevator Pitch Each
- Ceramic Manufacturing: Thin Film Design and Engineering 
- Ceramic Manufacturing: Thin Film Wet Chemical Engineering

Lunch: Networking and Discussion on Industry Applications and Needs

- Device Design and Performance Engineering Industry Focus "Energy I": Solid Oxide Fuel Cells 

Day 4: (9:30 am - 5:30 pm)

- Device Design and Performance Engineering Industry Focus "Energy II": Batteries

Lunch: Networking and Discussion on Industry Applications and Needs

- Device Design and Performance Engineering Industry Focus "Energy III": Solar to Fuel Conversion 

Lab 3: "Energy Focus on Ceramic Functional Devices": Batteries, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Solar-to-Fuel Conversion 

Day 5: (9:30 am - 2 pm)

- Device Design and Performance Engineering Industry Focus "Information": Memories and Neuromorphic Computing for Artificial Intelligence  

Lab 4: Ceramics for Memory and Neuromorphic Computing Applications Exemplified

Lunch: Networking and Conclusions

Course Schedule: 

Class is held 9:30 am - 5:30 pm on Monday - Thursday and 8:30 - 2 pm on Friday. There is a networking reception at 6:00 pm on Monday.




This course takes place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We can also offer this course for groups of employees at your location. Please complete the Custom Programs request form for further details.


Fundamentals: Core concepts, understandings, and tools (40%) 40
Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends (30%) 30
Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world (30%) 30

Delivery Methods: 

Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format (50%) 50
Discussion or Groupwork: Participatory learning (25%) 25
Labs: Demonstrations, experiments, simulations (25%) 25


Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience (35%) 35
Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field (50%) 50
Advanced: In-depth explorations at the graduate level (15%) 15