Kent D. Budd
Interests and expertise
Ceramic materials and processing, electrical ceramics, chemical preparations for ceramics
Dr. Kent Budd is a Staff Scientist in 3M's Advanced Materials Technology Center, specializing in chemically derived electrical and optical ceramics.
Budd is a specialist in ceramics and processing, particularly inorganic coatings, chemically derived ceramics and electrical ceramic materials. He has experience in sol-gel processing of electrochromic films and inorganic ion conductors and sol-gel derived ferroelectric and dielectric coatings, oxide superconductors and chemically derived structural ceramic fibers. He has developed key technology for electroluminescent lighting products and participated in the start-up, technology development and successful commercialization of a product in this area. His work has earned him two 3M "Technical Circle of Excellence" awards, two corporate-funded "Genesis Grants" and a Golden Step Award. Budd has more than 10 U.S. patents. At St. Thomas, Budd has taught MMSE 807 Ceramics and Composites and currently co-teaches ENGR 361 Engineering Materials.
B.S. 1981, M.S. 1983 and Ph.D. 1986, Ceramic Engineering, University of Illinois