An article and method to provide protection in various environments. The article may include a metal substrate having a first coefficient of thermal expansion, a magnesium oxide-based layer having a second coefficient of thermal expansion, and a bond layer disposed between the metal substrate and the magnesium oxide-based layer. The bond layer may include a third coefficient of thermal expansion substantially intermediate the first and second coefficients of thermal expansion to facilitate thermal compatibility between the metal substrate and the magnesium oxide-based layer. Further, the magnesium oxide-based layer may be substantially non-porous, thereby providing a hermetic seal limiting gases, particulates, steam and fluid access to the metal substrate.
U.S. GOVERNMENT RIGHTS
 This invention was made in part with government support under Grant No.: DEFG-0203ER83620 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.