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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. 


If you share our interests or are curious to discover a new field, then please join us at our upcoming conference at Pennsylvania State University in spring 2018. We hope to see you there!




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.


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.


Use of ceramic industry milling and glazing waste as an active addition in cement
        María Isabel Sánchez de Rojas, Moisés Frías, Elvira Sabador, Eloy Asensio, Julián Rivera, César Medina




Physical performances of alkali‐activated portland cement‐glass‐limestone blends
          René Mossing Thomsen, Sergio Ferreiro Garzón, Duncan Herfort, Jørgen Skibsted, Yuanzheng Yue




Preparation of calcium aluminate cement by combustion synthesis and application for corundum-based castables
            Shoulei Yang, Guoqing Xiao, Donghai Ding , Yun Ren, Lihua Lv, Pan Yang




Improvement in thermomechanical properties of off‐grade natural magnesite by addition of Y2O3
   Pawan Kumar, Mithun Nath, Utpal Roy, Arup Ghosh, Himansu Sekhar Tripathi



Division Flyer 



Meeting Spotlight

June 11 – 12, 2018

9th Advances in Cements-Based Materials (Cements 2018) 

Pennsylvania State University  |  State College, Pa. USA


Click here to view all upcoming ACerS meetings

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.


        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:  “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


        2017 Student Poster Winners:


        Alexander Brand
        National Institute of Standards and Technology


        Kai Gong 
        Princeton University 


        Abhishek Master
        University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


         Azadeh A. Asghari
         Missouri University of Science & Technology



         2017 YouTube Contest Winner:


         Marisol Tsui Chang 
         Oregon State University 


Job Opportunities


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