While often hidden, ceramic materials are critical for nearly everything that makes modern life possible. Applications as diverse as computers and cell phones, jet engines and military armor, skis and tennis rackets, and dental crowns and knee and hip replacements are all enabled by ceramic materials and technologies.

In addition, alternative energy applications such as solar power, LED lighting, hydrogen fuel cells, and nuclear power, all require ceramic materials. Medical researchers have even developed tiny robots called “nanobots” using ceramic materials that are inserted into patients to deliver medicine or repair damage.