Stefan Schaffoener

Stefan SchaffoenerStefan Schaffoener
Research Professor
Ph.D., TU Bergakademie Freiberg (2015), Germany 

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
97 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Phone: 860-486-4620


Research Interests

  • Ceramics and composites
  • Corrosion
  • High temperature materials processing

 Awards & Honors

4/2017 – 8/2018

German Research Foundation (DFG) Postdoctoral Research Scholarship


Dresdner Gesprächskreis für Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft Award for Young Scientists and Ph.D. thesis


Materials Research Network Dresden, Dresden Barkhausen Award for Young Scientists


European Ceramic Society (ECerS), Competition “Frontiers of research”, 1st place, personal research grant of 18,000 EURO

Recent Publications

W.  Yan,  A.  Schmidt,  S.  Dudczig,  T.  Wetzig,  Y.W.  Wei,  Y.W.  Li, S.  Schafföner,  C.G.  Aneziris.  “Wettability  phenomena  of  molten  steel in contact with alumina substrates with alumina and alumina-carbon coatings”, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, in press, DOI: 10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc. 2017.12.001

S.B. Ma,  W. Yan,  S. Schafföner,  X.L. Lin,  N. Li,  Y.J. Zhai,  X.J. Liu, L.L. Xu.  “Influence  of  magnesium  aluminate  spinel  powder  content  on cement clinker corrosion and adherence properties of lightweight periclase-spinel refractories”, Ceramics International, vol. 43, no. 18,  pp. 17026–17031, 2017

S. Schafföner, C. Dietze, S. Möhmel, J. Fruhstorfer, C.G. Aneziris. “Refractories containing fused and sintered alumina aggregates: Investigations on processing, particle size distributions and particle morphology”, Ceramics International, vol. 43, no. 5, pp. 4252–4262, 2017

L. Freitag, S. Schafföner, N. Lippert, C. Faßauer, C.G. Aneziris, C. Legner, U.E. Klotz. “Silica-free investment casting molds based on calcium zirconate”, Ceramics International, vol. 43, no. 9, pp. 6807–6814, 2017

S. Schafföner,   J.   Fruhstorfer,   C.   Faßauer,   L.   Freitag,   C.   Jahn, C.G. Aneziris. “Influence of in situ phase formation on properties of calcium zirconate refractories”, Journal of the European Ceramic Soci-ety, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 305–313, 2017

S. Schafföner,  M.  Thalheim,  L.  Freitag,  J.  Hubálková,  C.G.  Aneziris. “Pressure slip casting of graded coarse grained oxide ceramics for refractory applications”, China’s Refractories, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 17–24, 2016

J.  Fruhstorfer,  S. Schafföner,   J.  Werner,   T.  Wetzig,   L.  Schöttler, C.G. Aneziris. “Thermal shock performance of refractories for application in steel ingot casting”, Journal of Ceramic Science and Technology, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 173–182, 2016

S. Schafföner,  L.  Freitag,  J. Hubálková,  C.G.  Aneziris. “Functional composites based on refractories produced by pressure slip casting”, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, vol. 36, no. 8, pp. 2109–2117, 2016

N. Brachhold, S. Schafföner, C.G. Aneziris. “Investigation of alkali corrosion resistance of potassium aluminosilicates using statistical techniques”, Ceramics International, vol. 41, no. 1, part B, pp. 1447–1456, 2015

S. Schafföner,  C.G.  Aneziris,  H.  Berek,  J. Hubálková,  B.  Rotmann, B. Friedrich. “Corrosion behavior of calcium zirconate refractories in contact with titanium aluminide melts”, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 1097–1106, 2015