Maria Ophelia Jarligo, PhD
Thermal Spray Research Manager
Dr. Jarligo is popularly known by her second name Ophelia. She earned her BS in Ceramic Engineering from the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology in 1995, her MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of the Philippines in 2000 and her PhD in Materials Processing from Tohoku University in 2006. Dr. Jarligo has more than twenty-five years of hands-on research experience in the study of properties, processing, and characterization of various materials. Her research focuses on the development and characterization of advanced coating systems employing the principles of surface engineering, solid state synthesis, powder processing and thermal spray technologies. Dr. Jarligo has developed innovative coating systems for thermal barrier protection of land-based and aerospace gas turbines; separation membranes; corrosion and wear protection; solid state batteries; and solid oxide fuel cells. When not doing scientific research, Dr. Jarligo volunteers at a local community church, spends time gardening, swimming, and camping.