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Published on October 1st, 2014 | By: Eileen De Guire


Search for sustainability drives innovation, advances in materials and manufacturing

Published on October 1st, 2014 | By: Eileen De Guire


Award lecture one of four to be presented at MS&T14


WESTERVILLE, OHIO—As our planet’s population balloons, so, too, do the global challenges we face. Problem number one? Finding enough energy, food, and water sources to meet the growing demand. Problem number two? Developing innovative thinking and sustainable technology to take on those demands. Enter materials—specifically, ceramic materials—which continue to provide solutions to everyday challenges such as environmental protection, energy supply and generation, healthcare, and infrastructure.




Wolfgang Rossner, research manager at Siemens AG’s (Munich, Germany) Corporate Technology group, will share how promising new applications in advanced ceramics are driving innovation in materials technology and manufacturing processes during The American Ceramic Society’s (ACerS) Frontiers of Science–Rustum Roy Lecture, Sunday, October 12 at 5 p.m. at the Materials Science and Technology 2014 (MS&T14) meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa.


His lecture is just one of four ACerS award lectures to be presented at MS&T14, October 12–16. The others include:


ACerS/NICE Arthur L. Friedberg Memorial Lecture, Tuesday, October 14, 9 a.m.: John Ballato, vice president for economic development, Clemson University, “Rethinking optical fiber: New demands, old glasses.” Ballato’s lecture reimagines the materials from which commercially-relevant optical fibers can be made.


ACerS Edward Orton, Jr. Lecture, Tuesday, October 14, 1 p.m.: Adrian Wright, professor emeritus, University of Reading (Berkshire, United Kingdom), “My borate life: An enigmatic journey.” Wright’s lecture will dissect the mysterious behaviors of borate crystals and glasses.


ACerS Robert B. Sosman Lecture, Wednesday, October 15, 1 p.m.: Robert Cook, Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology (Gaithersburg, Md.), “Multi-scale effects in the strength of ceramics.” During his lecture, Cook will present a single analytical framework that binds the three phenomena that control the strength of brittle materials.






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In addition to the ACerS award lectures, MS&T14 will include plenary sessions, a vast technical program, exhibit, and poster contests. The meeting, organized by ACerS in conjunction with the Association for Iron & Steel Technology, ASM International, and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, brings together scientists, engineers, students, and suppliers from around the globe to discuss current research and applications of materials science.


For lecture room locations and more information, visit www.ceramics.org or www.matscitech.org.



About ACerS

Founded in 1898, The American Ceramic Society is the leading professional membership organization for ceramic and materials scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, and students. The Society serves more than 9,000 members from more than 70 countries.


Contact: Eileen De Guire



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