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ACerS Basic Science Division

Mission Statement


Our Mission: The Basic Science Division of The American Ceramic Society is dedicated to the development of the ceramic science underlying present and future applications of ceramics. The Basic Science Division fosters the scientific and technological foundations of ceramic science, identifying new areas in, and fields of, ceramic science critical to our current and future members.





ACerS Basic Science Division

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Publication Highlights 

As a service to the members of the Basic Science Division and those interested in joining The American Ceramic Society, ACerS and Wiley are providing free access to articles published in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society and the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology that are relevant to the science industry.


In honor of Earth Day 2018, the theme for this quarter’s articles selected from the ACerS journals is “Working towards greener manufacturing.”  Smarter synthesis methods, reducing production temperatures, and minimizing waste are not only good for our planet, they are good for the bottom line. We invite you to enjoy these articles, which are free to read until June 30, 2018 and suggest you take a look at the articles selected for all the divisions.


After June 30, ACerS members can access the articles by logging in to www.ceramics.org.


Synthesis of ultrafine WC‐Co composite powders under hydrogen atmosphere with in situ carbon via a one‐step reduction‐carbonization process
        Qiumin Yang, Jiangao Yang, Hailin Yang, Hao Chen, Wei Su, Jianming Ruan




Sintering dense boron carbide without grain growth under high pressure
        Lixin Liu, Xuhai Li, Qiang He, Liang Xu, Xiuxia Cao, Xusheng Peng, Chuanmin Meng, Wenqiang Wang, Wenjun Zhu, Yuan Wang




Li2MoO4‐based composite ceramics fabricated from temperature‐ and atmosphere‐sensitive MnZn ferrite at room temperature
         Maria Väätäjä, Hanna Kähäri, Jari Juuti, Heli Jantunen




Grain size effect and microstructure influence on the energy storage properties of fine‐grained BaTiO3‐based ceramics
          Baibo Liu, Xiaohui Wang, Ruoxi Zhang, Longtu Li   




Division Flyer








 Meeting Spotlight


January 19-21, 2018

2018 Conference on Electronic and Advanced Materials, Organized by the ACerS Electronics and Basic Science Divisions (formerly Electronic Materials and Applications)

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at Sea World Conference Hotel  |  Orlando, Fla. USA


Click here to view all upcoming ACerS meetings

Division Leadership


Chair:  Dunbar Birnie | Rutgers University | Ph: (848) 445-5605

Chair-elect:  Paul Salvador | Carnegie Mellon University | Ph: (412) 268-2702

Vice Chair: John Blendell | Purdue University | Ph: (301) 335-1234

Secretary: Kristen Brosnan | GE Global Research Center | 

BSD officers: 2012-2018

ACerS Board of Directors Division Liaison: Greg Rohrer | Carnegie Mellon University

President’s Council of Student Advisors Delegate: Michael Walden | Colorado School of Mines

Division Rules and Reports


Rules of the Basic Science Division

BSD Annual Report 2012-2013

BSD Annual Report 2013-2014

BSD Annual Report 2014-2015

BSD Annual Report 2015-2016

BSD Annual Report 2016-2017



Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) Awards

Roland B Snow Award: Best of Show of the Ceramographic Contest

The Robert B. Sosman Award and Lecture




The Basic Science Division solicits technical topic areas of interest to our members and the future of ceramics.


If you have a topic area to add to this list, and want to be a champion for this area, please notify the BSD Program Chairs.

  • Materials and Process Modeling:  Veena Tikare
  • Measurements and Standards:  Chris Schilling, Ajit Jilla
  • Green (Environmentally Friendly) Processing:  Jim Adair, Shin-Ichi Hirano
  • Combinatorial Methods in Ceramics Research:  Debbie Kaiser, Lynne Schneemeyer
  • Colloids and Interfacial Chemistry Michael Hu, Vince Hackley
  • Power Sources – Fuel Cell and Batteries
  • MicroPorous Materials
  • Ceramics in Nanotechnologies:  Mark Deguire, Michael Hu, Jeff Brinker
  • Ceramics and Biology
  • BioMedical Materials:  Gary Fischman, Otto Wilson
  • Aging and Reliability in Ceramics:  Jill Glass
  • Electronic Structure of Ceramics
  • Chem-Mechanical Polishing and Tribology:  Said Jahanmir, Rob Sabia
  • Materials for Wireless Communication:  Duane Dimos, Mike Lanagan, Steve Freiman
  • Ceramics in Optical Communication:  Subhash Shinde
  • Light Weight Composites
  • Sensors and Actuators (MEMS)
  • Electrochemical Ceramics – Sensors and Catalysts:  Greg Rohrer, Xiaoqing Pan
  • Solid Free Form Fabrication
  • Novel Synthesis and Processing
  • Multi-Functional Materials
  • Ceramic Coatings:  Nitin Padture, Desiderio Kovar
  • Thin Films
  • Ceramics Joining:  Ivar Reimanis, Ron Loehman
  • Interfaces:  Vinayak Dravid, Xiaoqing Pan, Siu-Wai Chan
  • Sintering
  • Preceramic Polymers
  • Thermal Protection Materials:  Sylvia Johnson
  • Ceramic Armor and Window Materials
  • Layered Materials
  • High Temperature Composites
  • Fibers
  • Membranes and Filtration
  • Photovoltaics
  • Functionally Graded Materials
  • Photonic Crystals
  • Powder Mechanics:  Kevin Ewsuk, John Lannutti
  • Texture:  Gary Messing, Keith Bowman, Mark Vaudin


Job Opportunities


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