Professor Charles Sorrell

Professor Charles Sorrell

School of Materials Science & Engineering


Professional Experience

Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering, UNSW  1997-Present
Associate Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering, UNSW  1992-96
Senior Lecturer, School of Materials Science & Engineering, UNSW  1989-91
Lecturer, School of Materials Science & Engineering, UNSW  1987-89


Research Contributions

The main focus of research has been in the processing of ceramics, including fabrication, forming, and densification of bulk materials, thick films, and thin films.  The main research areas historically are:

Phase Equilibria 1976-Present
Crystal Growth 1977-80
High-Temperature Superconductivity 1987-00
Bioceramics 1989-01
Microwave Heating of Ceramics 1997-04
Gas Sensors and Fuel Cells 1998-01
Photocatalytic Titania 1999-Present
Outputs (Last 5 Years)
Publications: 46
Grants: $5.35 million
Postgraduate Student Completions: 8


Teaching Contributions

MATS1112 – Phase Equilibria
MATS2013 – Ceramic Materials
MATS1142 – Crystallography & X-Ray Diffraction
MATS2183 – Refractories
MATS1163 – Chemistry of the Solid State
MATS2263 – Sintering of Ceramics
MATS1244 – Materials Industry Management A
MATS2294 – Thermal & Mechanical Properties of Ceramics
MATS1464 – Professional Communication & Presentation
MATS2314 – Glass-Based Ceramics


Awards and Memberships

President – Ceramics, Cells and Tissues Italy 2003
Fellow –  Australian Institute of Energy Australia 2003
Labino Lecture, Glass Art Society USA 2005
Pfeil Award, Institute of Materials UK 2006

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  • Journal articles | 2021
    Chen A; Chen WF; Majidi T; Pudadera B; Atanacio A; Manohar M; Sheppard LR; Liu R; Sorrell CC; Koshy P, 2021, 'Mo-doped, Cr-Doped, and Mo–Cr codoped TiO2 thin-film photocatalysts by comparative sol-gel spin coating and ion implantation', International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, vol. 46, pp. 12961 - 12980,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Hinterstein M; Mgbemere HE; Hoelzel M; Rheinheimer W; Adabifiroozjaei E; Koshy P; Sorrell CC; Hoffman M, 2018, 'Influence of microstructure on symmetry determination of piezoceramics', Journal of Applied Crystallography, vol. 51, pp. 670 - 678,
    Journal articles | 2010
    Nakaruk A; Reece PJ; Ragazzon D; Sorrell CC, 2010, 'TiO2 Films Prepared by Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis', Materials Science and Technology, vol. 26, pp. 469 - 472,