John J. Lannutti, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Washington, 1990.
Tel. (614) 292-3926,

Dr. Lannutti's projects range from aerospace materials to improved biomaterials to fundamental concerns limiting ceramic compaction and sintering. Major advances include: first observation of graceful failure in FGM's, development of a novel technique for strengthening a broad class of polymers, understanding cell-structure interactions at the interface between living and resorbable tissues, synthesis of crystalline ceramics at room temperature from chemical precursors and the first application of discrete element modeling (DEM) to industrial ceramic manufacturing. Other areas of interest include computed tomography, biomimetic design for medical applications and improved fiber-reinforced high temperature polyimides. He holds patents in the application of ceramic processing to polymer composites and in materials for combustion environments. For more photogenic information visit:

Biomaterials - images of cell proliferation and growth (or not!) on ceramic - polymer composites.

Compaction - selected Computed Tomography data and modeling simulations from our studies of compaction.

Selected Recent Publications

Deis TA, Lannutti JJ: X-ray Computed Tomography for Evaluation of Density Gradient Formation during the Compaction of Spray-Dried Granules. Journal of the American Ceramic Society 81:1237-1247, 1998.

Luo J, Seghi R, Lannutti J: Effect of silane coupling agents on the wear resistance of polymer-nanoporous silica gel dental composites. Materials Science and Engineering, C 5:15-22, 1997.

Phillips DH, Lannutti JJ: Measuring Physical Density with X-ray Computed Tomography. NDT&E International 30:339-350, 1997.

He YR, Subramanian V, Lannutti JJ: Phase instability in ZrO2-NiAl functionally graded materials. Journal of Materials Research, 12:2589-2593, 1997.

Gaskins BC, Lannutti JJ: Room temperature perovskite production from bimetallic alkoxides by ketone assisted oxo supplementation (KAOS). Journal of Materials Research, 11:1953-1959, 1996.


And if you're interested:

Elements of Microstructure - NSF-sponsored Gateway work on new modules directed toward enhancing undergraduate learning about materials. "Nifty transitions between optical and secondary electron microscopy" raves Jed Lyons, USC. " " chimes XXX, Columbia University. For an earlier version (including slow-loading voiceovers!) of the same project visit


To download our Gateway wetting demo (contains embedded movies) or just to look at the pictures visit

Keywords: dry pressing press agglomerate shear shearing binder PVA PEG osteoconduction osteoconductive PMMA hydroxyapatite triethylene glycol dimethacrylate TEGDMA nanocomposite nano-composite HA PLGA polylactide glycolide acid