ACerS Cements Division
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 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 Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia, June 26-28, 2017. We hope to see you there!
June 26 – 28, 2017
8th Advances in Cements-Based Materials (Cements 2017)
Georgia Tech | Atlanta, Ga. USA
August 21 – 26, 2016
Chair: Aleksandra Radlińska | Penn State University | Ph: (814) 865-9427
Chair-elect: Matthew D’Ambrosia | CTLGroup | Ph: (847) 972-3264
Secretary: David Corr | Northwestern University
Trustee: Maria Juenger | University of Texas-Austin | Ph: (512) 471-1630
|Division Rules and Reports|
This award is presented for the best scientific paper on the topic of cement and concrete published by ACerS during the previous year.
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”
L.E. Copeland 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.
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:
Lecture title: Modelling Hydration Kinetics of Cementitious Systems
2014 Student Poster Winners
Ojas Chaudhari, Tennessee Technological University
William Hunnicutt, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alvaro Paul, Georgia Institute of Technology
Mohammad Rashidi, Georgia Institute of Technology
Peter Stynoski, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
Raikhan Tokpatayeva, Purdue University
Christopher Galitz, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University