George T. Bayer, Ph.D.


In his current position as a Senior Materials Engineer and Group Manager at Matco Associates in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania , George is responsible for managing and performing a variety of failure analyses, environmental exposure testing, and materials characterization projects.  His current areas of expertise are scanning electron microscopy – energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry, optical microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, corrosion and environmental pollutant testing, material and coating selection, technical proposal and specification writing, and project management.    


George’s degrees include B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry, M.S. degrees in Energy Resources and Metallurgical Engineering, all from the University of Pittsburgh , and a Ph.D. in Engineering from Kennedy-Western University .  George has conducted academic research focused on rare earth-transition metal hydrogen storage alloys and on oxidation-resistant ceramic coatings for carbon-carbon composites in aerospace applications.  He has conducted industrial research on high-temperature and corrosion resistant diffusion coatings, thermal spray coatings, and plasma vapor deposition coatings.


George also worked for several years as an independent contractor and consultant, providing scientific and engineering support services in a variety of areas.  These areas include government research grant applications review, technology assessments, thermo-chemical modeling and process development, patent application preparation and other technical writing, and consulting on development, testing and application of diffusion and thermal spray coatings.


George has authored or co-authored over 25 technical papers and book chapters, 2 American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications, and holds 5 United States patents.  His papers have been published in scientific and technical journals such as The Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of the Less-Common Metals, Materials and Corrosion, Materials Performance, and Advanced Materials and Processes.  He is a member of the American Society for Materials (ASM) International and the American Chemical Society.


In addition to his technical background, George has had a keen interest in ancient civilizations and ancient history since he was a child.  His objective is to work with the Great Pyramid of Giza Research Association to establish research projects using materials analysis and characterization instrumentation that will increase our understanding of the Great Pyramid as well as other Egyptian monuments and artifacts.  He believes that with this approach the Association may be able to publish results in mainstream scientific journals, as well as in popular publications.