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ACerS FAQ

 

What is ACerS?  

The American Ceramic Society is an international membership society focusing on ceramic materials and applications, and one of the leading sources of information about ceramic technologies and emerging opportunities in the world. ACerS serves more than 9,500 members and students from more than 60 countries. The Society is headquartered in Westerville, Ohio.

 
Who are ACerS members?  

The ACerS 6,000+ regular members are primarily materials scientists, engineers, and business people focusing on ceramic materials and technology. Specifically, they include researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, and marketing and sales professionals. Approximately 45 percent of ACerS members work for industry, 25 percent work in academic settings, and 11 percent work for government labs and agencies.

 

In addition the ACerS Community includes approximately 3,000 Material Advantage Student Members and 2,000 Potters Council artist members.

 

What work do members do?  

Every day, ACerS members use ceramics to pioneer new energy solutions, advance medicine, improve electronics, support manufacturing innovations, and make life easier and better. Many members work with more advanced ceramic technologies such as fuel cells, armor, bioceramics, coatings, piezoelectric ceramics, aerospace, nuclear and hazardous waste materials, and others, while some work with more traditional ceramics such as brick, tile, and dinnerware. ACerS also has a subsidiary that publishes two ceramic arts magazines and supports studio potters and artists through the Potters Council.

 

What is a ceramic?  

In the simplest terms, ceramics can be defined as inorganic, nonmetallic materials. They are typically crystalline in nature (having an ordered structure) and are compounds formed between metallic and nonmetallic elements such as aluminum and oxygen (alumina), calcium and oxygen (calcia), and silicon and nitrogen (silicon nitride).

 

In broader terms, ceramics also include glass, enamel, glass-ceramics (a glass containing ceramic crystals), and inorganic cement-type materials (cement, plaster and lime). However, as ceramic technology has developed over time, the definition has expanded to include a much wider range of other compositions used in a variety of advanced applications.

 

How are ceramics used?  

While often hidden, ceramic materials are critical for nearly everything that makes modern life possible. Applications as diverse as computers and cell phones, jet engines and military armor, skis and tennis rackets, and dental crowns and knee and hip replacements are all enabled by ceramic materials and technologies.

 

In addition, alternative energy applications such as solar power, LED lighting, hydrogen fuel cells, and nuclear power, all require ceramic materials. Medical researchers have even developed tiny robots called “nanobots” using ceramic materials that are inserted into patients to deliver medicine or repair damage.

 

When was ACerS founded?  

The Society was founded over 110 years ago in 1898 in Pittsburgh, PA. Learn more about the history of ACerS.

 

What percentage of members come from outside the U.S.?  

Nearly 30% of our members live and work outside the United States, with Japan, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom having the largest concentrations of ACerS members after the U.S.

 

What is the Society’s vision and mission?  

The ACerS vision statement is: “Through the global leadership of The American Ceramic Society, ceramic materials are widely recognized as indispensable for advancements in science, engineering, and commerce.”

 

ACerS core purpose statement is: “to advance the study, understanding, and use of ceramic and related materials, for the benefit of our members and society.”

 

Our core values are a commitment to excellence, collaboration, community, accountability, service, and pursuit of knowledge and all support the ACerS strategic plan.

 

What technical interest areas are ACerS members interested in?

 

The top four areas are glass, refractories, electronics, and structural ceramics. We also have many members who work in the energy area, biomedical applications, coatings, military and defense, aeronautics, and building materials, just to name a few.

 

What makes ACerS different from other materials societies?

 

The short answer is the depth of information and expertise that ACerS and its members offer on ceramic materials and applications. While other societies may offer broad information on a range of materials, including ceramics, The American Ceramic Society is considered the world’s authority on glass and ceramic-related technical information and knowledge.

 

 


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