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7th Global Young Investigator Forum

The Global Young Investigators forum (GYIF) aims to bring together young researchers from around the world by facilitating scientific discussions to promote the exchange of ideas essential to identifying emerging global challenges at the forefront of ceramic science and engineering research. Young researchers, including students, postdoctoral researchers, young professionals and early career faculty are invited to join this event. The GYIF symposium will help establish global cooperation and networking among young scientists and engineers to approach current and future challenges in ceramic science and technology as well as provide GYIF participants a unique  forum at which to showcase their research. In addition to connecting with young researchers, all GYIF participants will be invited to attend a private luncheon hosted by the president of The American Ceramic Society. The American Ceramic Society will also provide complimentary student registration for a select number of eligible student GYIF presenters.  The Global Young Investigator award laureate will deliver the opening keynote lecture. New this year: a poster session section dedicated to the GYIF.


Proposed session topics

  • Frontiers in ceramic chemistry and physics: new precursors for functional ceramics, ceramics and catalysis, functional surfaces
  • Ceramic hybrid materials and composites for aerospace, armor, biological, and medical applications
  • Advanced ceramics and coatings for structural, environmental, and
    functional applications
  • Novel ceramic processing methods and synthesis routes
  • Nanocomposites and nanostructured materials
  • Computational materials prediction and design
  • Novel characterization tools of ceramics and composites
  • Applications: ceramic sensors and actuators, energy generation, saving and storage, photo-catalysis, and biomedical applications
  • Young researchers funding, mobility, and networks


Symposium organizers

  • Kathleen Shugart, UES Inc. at Air Force Research Lab, USA; kathleen.shugart.ctr@us.af.mil
  • Daniele Benetti, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Canada; daniele.benetti@emt.inrs.ca
  • Manoj K. Mahapatra, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA; mkmanoj@uab.edu
  • Giorgia Franchin, University of Padova, Italy
  • Valerie Wiesner, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA
  • Eva Hemmer, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Ken’ichiro Kita, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and
    Technology, Japan
  • Alex Lee, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
  • Jie Zhang, Institute of Metal Research, China
  • Derek King, UES Inc. at Air Force Research Lab, USA
  • Ben Kowalski, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA
  • Matt Applby, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA

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