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Romain Gaume

Romain Gaume, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Optical Ceramics
E-mail: gaume@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-5683
University of Central Florida
CREOL, Building 53, Room 172
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32816


  • Postdoctoral, 2002-2006
    Stanford University
  • Ph.D. in Material Science
    Paris VI University, France
  • M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry
    Paris VI University, France
  • B.S. in Physical Chemistry
    University of Haute Alsace, France


Dr. Gaume, an expert in the design, fabrication and characterization of transparent ceramics, joins the Townes Laser Institute, CREOL, the College of Optics & Photonics, AMPAC and NSTC as an Assistant Professor of Optics and Materials Science. Romain earned his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science from Paris VI University in 2002 where he designed novel crystalline materials for high-power and ultra-short laser applications. He then joined Prof. R.L. Byer's group at the Applied Physics department at Stanford University as a postdoctoral researcher, and later as a staff scientist, to develop transparent ceramic research.

Dr. Gaume will play a major role in the establishment of the Optical Ceramics Laboratory at the Townes Institute. His research activities primarily focus on the development of transparent polycrystalline materials offering novel functionalities for laser physics, defense, sensing, nuclear surveillance and medical applications.

Fig. 1: Laser ceramics of YAG and yttria, before (right) and after (left) high-temperature sintering.

Fig. 2: Transparent scintillator ceramics of Ce-doped garnet for improved γ-ray detection.

Fig. 3: Raw oxide nanopowders for the preparation of transparent polycrystalline garnets.