Research Interests

Poerschke's research seeks to understand the evolution of materials in complex chemical, thermal, and mechanical environments. Combining experimental observations with theoretical models, he develops design-performance frameworks to accelerate the development of new materials offering improved performance. His past efforts have lead to the development of improved ceramic coatings for use in jet engines and provided new understanding of the life-limiting oxidation processes in ceramic composites for turbine engine and hypersonic vehicle applications. Poerschke is an active member of the American Ceramics Society, and serves as a contributing editor for NIST-ACerS Phase Equilibria Diagrams Database.


  • McKnight Land-Grant Professorship University of Minnesota, 2022
  • Young Investigator (YIP) Office of Naval Research, 2020
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) National Science Foundation, 2020
  • NDSEG Fellowship 2009-2011

Selected Publications

  • D.L. Poerschke "Developments in Thermodynamic Models of Deposit-Induced Corrosion of High-Temperature Coatings".  JOM 74 260–273 (2022)
  • Yu, Y.-C., Poerschke, D.L.  "Design of Thermal and Environmental Barrier Coatings for Nb-based Alloys for High-Temperature Operation." Surf. and Coat. Tech. 431 128007 (2022)
  • Godbole, E., A. von der Handt, D.L. Poerschke  "Apatite and garnet stability in the Al–Ca–Mg–Si–(Gd/Y/Yb)–O systems and implications for T/EBC – CMAS reactions." J. Am. Cer. Soc. 105[2] 1596-1609 (2022).
  • Godbole, E., N. Karthikeyan, D.L. Poerschke  "Garnet Stability in the Al-Ca-Mg-Si-Y-O System with Implications for Reactions Between TBCs, EBCs, and Silicate Deposits". J. Am. Cer. Soc. 103[9] 5270-5282 (2020).
  • Poerschke, D.L., R.W. Jackson, and C.G. Levi. "Silicate Deposit Degradation of Engineered Coatings in Gas Turbines: Progress Toward Models and Materials Solutions". An. Rev. Mat. Res. (2017)
David Poerschke in Lab

Email: dpoersch@umn.edu

Phone: 612/625-7874

Office: 383 Amundson Hall

Research Group

Support David Poerschke's Research

  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2008
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2009
  • Ph.D., Materials, University of California Santa Barbara, 2014
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California Santa Barbara, 2014-2017