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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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 Meeting Spotlight  

January 20 – 22, 2016

Electronic Materials and Applications (EMA 2016)

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at Sea World®  |  Orlando, FL USA


April 17 – 21, 2016

Materials Challenges in Alternative & Renewable Energy (MCARE 2016)

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort  |  Clearwater, FL USA


April 24 – 26, 2016

5th Ceramic Leadership Summit, in conjunction with Ceramics Expo (CLS 2016)

Cleveland, OH USA


April 26 – 28, 2016
2nd Ceramics Expo
Cleveland, OH USA


June 26 – July 1, 2016

9th International Conference on High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites (HTCMC 9)

Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel  |  Toronto, Ontario Canada


July 28 – July 31, 2016

Innovations in Biomedical Materials and Technologies

Rosemont Hyatt  |  Chicago, IL USA


July 31 – August 5, 2016

Gordon Research Conference on Ceramics and Solid State Studies

Mount Holyoke College  |  MA USA


August 21 – 26, 2016

International Congress on Ceramics (ICC6)

Dresden, Germany


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Division leadership  

Chair: Shen Dillon | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Ph: (937) 231-0569

Chair-Elect: Xingbo Liu | West Virginia University | Ph: (304) 293-3339

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

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


New BSD chair Shen Dillon presents a certificate of appreciation to outgoing chair Bryan Huey.

New BSD chair Shen Dillon presents a certificate of appreciation to outgoing chair Bryan Huey.


BSD officers: 2012-2018


Division rules   

Rules of the Basic Science Division



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  

ACerS Career Center





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