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ACerS Cements Division


Mission Statement


Our Mission: The Cements Division of The American Ceramic Society is involved with the research, development, manufacture, and sale of cements, limes, and plasters. Developments in Portland cement occupy much of the Division members’ efforts.



The Cements Division of The American Ceramic Society is involved with the research, development, manufacture, and sale of cements, limes, and plasters. Developments in Portland cement occupy much of the Division members’ efforts.

Credit: S. Cardigan; Flickr; CC BY 2.0


Watch the Cements Division video!  

The American Ceramic Society Cements Division is a diverse community of researchers from industry and academia that study the materials science of cements. Our aim is to advance the fundamental knowledge of and to develop new technologies for concrete—the most widely used man-made material on Earth.


This video, filmed at our July 2015 meeting at Kansas State University, attempts to capture the enthusiasm and energy of this group, giving various perspectives of what the Cements Division and ACerS bring to our field. 



Publication Highlights

As a service to the members of the Cements 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 cements industry.


We invite you to enjoy these articles, which are free to read until September 30, 2018 and suggest you take a look at the articles selected for all the divisions.


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


Light-weight thermal insulating fly ash cenosphere ceramics

        Urunkar, Y




Creep and relaxation of cement paste caused by stress‐induced dissolution of hydrated solid components 

        Li, X




Alkali activation of a novel calcium‐silicate hydraulic binder with CaO/SiO2 = 1.1

         Santos, R




Nanostructural characterization of Al(OH)3 formed during the hydration of calcium sulfoaluminate cement

         Zhang, Y




Division Flyer 



Meeting Spotlight

9th Advances in Cements-Based Materials (Cements 2018); University Park, Pennsylvania, USA


The American Ceramic Society’s Cements Division hosted their 9th Advances in Cement-Based Materials meeting June 11-12 on the expansive Pennsylvania State University campus in University Park, Pennsylvania. Highlights from the event include a student reception, poster session, National Science Foundation program update, Della Roy Lecture and a 3-D printing workshop.


Monday’s program opened with keynote speakers, Kimberly Kurtis and Maria Juenger, kicking off the day of concurrent technical sessions. Mid-afternoon, during the Cements Division business meeting, Division Chair Matt D’Ambrosia presented Division information including ACerS supplemental funding and budget usage, and division membership growth. The National Science Foundation Program update, was followed by the live broadcast Della Roy Lecture. Jan Olek of Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana addressed the packed auditorium during his lecture, “Green Concrete—the past, the present and the future”.  


Photo credit: Erica Zimmerman


Following the lecture, the attendees proceeded to the Hintz Family Alumni Center to participate in the evening poster session where over 30 posters representing research were presented. The evening concluded with the Elsevier-sponsored Della Roy Reception.  




Photo credit: Yolanda Natividad

Tuesday began with the 3-D Printing Workshop presented by Jan Olek, Reza Moini, Joseph Biernacki, and Ali Kazemian. Several sessions throughout the day included talks on Rheology and Additive Manufacturing, Smart Materials and Computational Materials Science, Alternative Cementitious Materials and Durability and Service-Life Modeling. The afternoon’s closing presentations featured David Lange’s session on “Quantifying the performance of nuclear power plant concrete structures affected by ASR” and Steve Feldman’s talk, “Concrete as Granular Fluid”. The YouTube Research Video and poster session winners, and Brunauer Best Paper Award were also announced.


This year’s YouTube Research Video contest winners were Sooraj Kumar of Arizona State University for the poster entitled, “Modelling extrusion-based 3D printing of cement-based materials” and Samet Bazer of Pennsylvania State University for the poster, “Shrinkage Compensation of Concrete with MgO Expansive Agent and Petrography”. Their winning videos were from among 6 entries.  


The 2018 Poster winners were:  Yu Song, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Karthik Pattaje S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Kai Gong, Princeton University; Nanaissa Maiga, Center for Excellence in Airport Technology; and Juan Pablo Gevaudan, University of Colorado Boulder.


The Brunauer Best Paper Award is presented to the best refereed paper on cements published during the previous calendar year in the Bulletin or the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. Jeffrey Bullard was presented the Brunauer certificate for his contribution to the 2017 winning paper: An Ideal Solid Solution Model for C–S–H; Journal of the American Ceramic Society; (2016) authored by Jeffrey Bullard and George Scherer.


Photo credit: Aleksandra Radlinska


The meeting concluded with an outdoor ice cream social featuring flavors crafted by the Penn State Berkey Creamery. 



Next year’s meeting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will again provide exciting and thought-provoking topics. Check ACerS website and the Bulletin for details in early 2019.

Upcoming Meetings

June 16 – 18, 2019

10th Advances in Cement-Based Materials (Cements 2019)

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


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Division Leadership


Chair: Matthew D’Ambrosia | MJ2 Consulting | Ph: (630) 240-4118

Chair-elect: David Corr | Northwestern University

Secretary: Denise Silva | CGP Applied Technologies

Trustee: Maria Juenger | University of Texas-Austin | Ph: (512) 471-1630

ACerS Board of Directors Division Liaison: Sylvia Johnson 

President’s Council of Student Advisors Delegate: Alexandra Loaiza | University of Antioquia, Colombia

Division Rules and Reports


Cements Division Rules

Cements Annual Report 2012-2013

Cements Annual Report 2013-2014

Cements Annual Report 2014-2015

Cements Annual Report 2015-2016

  Cements Annual Report 2016-2017



Brunauer Best Paper Award

This award is presented for the best scientific paper on the topic of cement and concrete published by ACerS during the previous year.


         2017 Winning paper: An Ideal Solid Solution Model for C–S–H
         Journal of the American Ceramic Society; 99 [12] 4137–4145 (2016)
         by Jeffrey W. Bullard and George W. Scherer




         2016 Winning paper: Soft X-ray Ptychographic Imaging and Morphological Quantification of         Calcium Silicate Hydrates (C–S–H)

         Journal of the American Ceramic Society; 98(12) 4090–4095 (2015)

         by Sungchul Bae, Rae Taylor, David Shapiro, Peter Denes, John Joseph, Rich Celestre,                  Stefano Marchesini, Howard Padmore, Tolek Tyliszczak, Tony Warwick,
         David Kilcoyne, Pierre Levitz and Paulo J. M. Monteiro


2015 Winning Paper: “An Application of Computer-Aided Molecular Design (CAMD) Using the Signature Molecular Descriptor”


Part 1. “Identification of Surface Tension Reducing Agents and the Search for Shrinkage Reducing Admixtures”

Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 97 (2) 365-377 (2014)

by Hamed M. Kayello; Naresh K. R. Tadisina; Natalia Shlonimskaya; Joseph J. Biernacki; Donald P. Visco Jr.


Part 2. “Evaluating Newly Identified Suface Tension-Reducing Substances for Potential Use as Shrinkage-Reducing Admixtures”

Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 97 (2) 378-385 (2014)

by Natalia Shlonimskaya; Joseph J. Biernacki; Hamed M. Kayello; Donald P. Visco Jr.


2013 Winning Paper: “The Instantaneous Apparent Activation Energy of Cement Hydration Measured Using a Novel Calorimetry-Based Method”

Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 95 (10) 3291-3296 (2012)


2011 Winning Paper: “New Insights into the Effect of Calcium Hydroxide Precipitation on the Kinetics of Tricalcium Silicate Hydration”

Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 93 (7) 1894-1903 (2010)

by Jeffrey W. Bullard and Robert J. Flatt


2010 Winning Paper: “First-Principles Study of Elastic Constants and Interlayer Interactions of Complex Hydrated Oxides: Case Study of Tobermorite and Jennite” 
Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 92 (10) 2323-2330(2009)
by Rouzbeh Shahsavari, Markus J. Buehler, Roland J.-M. Pellenq, and Franz-Josef Ulm


L.E. Copeland Award
This award recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to the development and understanding of cement and concrete science. Presentation of this award is considered whenever the Copeland Award Committee feels that there is a suitable candidate. 


Della Roy Lecture and Award

The Della Roy lecturer is selected each year by the division executive committee. The recipient does not need to be a member of the Cements Division or the Society at large.


        2018 Della Roy Lecturer:

        Jan Olek, Purdue University 

        Lecture title and link:  Green concrete – the past, the present and the future


        2017 Della Roy Lecturer: 

         Paulo Monteiro, University of California, Berkeley

        Lecture title and link:  “Characterization of Cementitious Materials Using X-Ray Synchrotron Radiation:  What we know, what we don’t know, and what we want to know”  


2016 Della Roy Lecturer:

Joe Biernacki, Tennessee Technological University

Lecture title: “What do artificial intelligence, synthetic life-chemistry and nuclear fusion have to do with cement? (a vision for things to come)”


2015 Della Roy Lecturer:

Hamlin Jennings, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Jennings died the week before he was to give the Della Roy Lecture. His colleagues put together this video tribute recognizing the many contribution of Hamlin Jennings and showed it at the Cements meeting     held at Kansas State University in July 2015.  


2014 Della Roy Lecturer:

Ellis Gartner, scientific director (chemistry), Lafarge Central Research, France

Lecture title: 40 Years a Cement Scientist – Can this be Sustainable?


2013 Della Roy Lecturer:

Leslie J. Struble, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lecture title: Calcium in Geopolymers

Watch the video of Dr. Struble presenting the lecture “Effects of Calcium on the Geopolymer Reaction”


2012 Della Roy Lecturer: 

Edward Garboczi, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Lecture title: The Computational Materials Science of Concrete: Past – Present – Future


2011 Della Roy Lecturer:

Karen Scivener, Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Construction Materials at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). 

Lecture title: Modelling Hydration Kinetics of Cementitious Systems


        2018 Student Poster Winners:


Yu Song, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Karthik Pattaje S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Kai Gong, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Nanaissa Maiga, Center for Excellence in Airport Technology, Urbana, IL

Juan Pablo Gevaudan, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO


         2018 YouTube Contest Winners:



Sooraj Kumar; Arizona State University


Samet Bazer; Pennsylvania State University
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