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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

April 24, 2017

6th Ceramic Business and Leadership Summit

Marriott Airport  |  Cleveland, Ohio USA

ACerS Targeted Learning Workshops


April 25 – 27, 2017
3rd Ceramics Expo
I-X Center  |  Cleveland, Ohio USA

ACerS Targeted Learning Workshops


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

Call for Symposia EMA 2018


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Division Leadership


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

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

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

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

BSD officers: 2012-2018


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




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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