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Chad Barklay

Group Leader, Distinguished Research Scientist

University of Dayton Research Institute: Power and Energy


Email: Chad Barklay
Phone: 937-229-3167
Curran Place N3600
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Dr. Chad Barklay is responsible for leading the Advanced High-Temperature Materials group at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), which is composed of scientists, engineers, and technicians who conduct cutting-edge sponsored material based research and development for various sponsors including DOE, NASA, DOD and a wide range of industrial partners. Dr. Barklay has over 25 years of experience in the assembly, testing, and transportation of Radioisotope Power System (RPS) units. Additionally, Dr. Barklay has participated on a number of formal programmatic review committees for DOE and NASA on a broad range of technical areas.

Dr. Barklay is also the UDRI principle investigator at the research institute regarding the study of the effects of low-level neutron radiation on metals, alloys, and ceramics. He has extensive experience in the development and application of glass/glass-ceramic/ceramics, nickel/cobalt-based superalloys, carbon-carbon composites, and refractory metals.

Dr. Barklay is a paratrooper, combat veteran, and a retired Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserve.


  • Ph.D., Materials Engineering, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
  • M.S., Materials Engineering, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
  • M.A., National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, Newport, RI
  • B.S., Materials Science Engineering, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Professional and Academic Honors

  • Honorary Visiting Fellow, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester
  • Achievement Award, Next Generation RTG, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Achievement Award, Mars Science Laboratory, NASA
  • Mahan Scholar, U.S. Naval War College
  • Pacesetter Award, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Award of Excellence, Director of Military Applications, Department of Defense (DoD)
  • Recognition Award, Cassini–Huygens mission, NASA
  • Group Achievement Award, Cassini–Huygens mission - RTG/RHU Team, NASA
  • Competitive Tuition Scholarship, Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute (DAGSI)

Selected Publications

  • C.D. Barklay, D. P. Kramer, C.E. Whiting, R.M. Hoffman, A.B. Morgan, J.C. Giglio, R.M. Ambrosi, R. Mesalam, H. Noravian, “Phase 1 - Proof of Concept for a Cascaded Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (cMMRTG),” UDR-TR-2019-2, University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, OH, January 2019, 79 pages.
  • C.D. Barklay, N. Duckwitz, E. George, G. Hula, S. Johnson, D.P. Kramer, J. Lopez-Barlow, R.G. Miller, R. Mulford, G. Ulrich, R. Wingo, “Mars 2020 Iridium Safety Review Summary Report,” INL-LTD-18-44322, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID, January 2018, 53 pages.
  • J.H. Matonic C.D. Barklay, G.H. Rinehart, C.E. Whiting, “Chapter 30. Use of Plutonium in Heat Sources and Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators,” The Plutonium Handbook, 2nd Ed.; Clark, D.L; Geeson, D.A.; Hanrahan, R.J.; Editors, American Nuclear Society, In Press, 2018, ISBN: 978-0-89448-201-4.
  • C.D. Barklay, and B.A. Tolson, “Performance Testing of the EU & QU MMRTG,” 2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, (IEEE-2845), Big Sky, MT, March 2018.
  • C.D. Barklay, D.P. Kramer, P.R. Lichty, D.M. King, and T.M. Wittberg, “Sublimation Suppression Coatings for Thermoelectric Materials,” Proceeding of NETS 2015 - Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space 2015 Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February, 2015.
  • D.P. Kramer, C.D. Barklay, C.E. Whiting, and H. Knachel. “Materials Technology Support for the Radioisotope Power Systems Program – Final Report for DE-NE0000422 – October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2017,” UDR-TR-2017-084, May 16, 2017, 293 pages.
  • C.D. Barklay, B.A. Tolson “MMRTG Qualification Unit Extended Temperature Qualification Test for the NASA Mars 2020 Mission,” UDR-TR-2017-61, March 30, 2017, 40 pages.
  • Barklay C.D.; Wolf, J.D.; Sqrow, L.D.; Sjöblom, C.O. “Sensitivity of Thermoelectric Metallization Layer Materials to Gas Phase Water at Elevated Temperatures,” UDR-TR-2016-129, October 03, 2016, 53 pages.
  • C.D. Barklay, D.P. Kramer, S.M. Goodrich, “High Temperature Property Characterization of Beryllium Oxide,” UDR-TR-2015-216, April 2016, 15 pages.
  • D.P. Kramer, C.D. Barklay, S. Hilton, and S.M. Goodrich, “Joining of SiC/SiC Ceramic Matrix Composite to Inconel 718,” Proceedings of the 2008 National Space & Missile Materials Symposium, Las Vegas, Nevada, June, 2008.
  • C. D. Barklay, D. P. Kramer, J. Y Howe (2008), “Investigation of Stress Rupture Tested Neutron Irradiated Tantalum Alloys,” in the proceedings of Space Technology and Applications International Forum (STAIF- 2008), edited by M.S. El-Genk, Melville, NY, AIP Conf. Proc. 969.
  • C. D. Barklay, D. P. Kramer, and J Talnagi (2007) “Investigation of Effects of Neutron Radiation on Tantalum Alloys for Radioisotope Power System Applications,” in the proceedings of Space Technology and Applications International Forum (STAIF-2007), edited by M.S. El-Genk, Melville, NY, AIP Conf. Proc. 880.