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November 6th, 2009

3D ceramographic entries a hit at MS&T’09

Published on November 6th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Each year, the ACerS Basic Science Division sponsors a ceramographic competition at the Society’s Annual Meeting. The competition’s top award is the Roland B. Snow Award, presented to the Best of Show winner of the competition. All of this year’s entries went on display at the recent MS&T’09 conference in Pittsburgh where they wowed the participants. The best of the entries also appear on the back covers of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society throughout the year.

If you’ve never seen one before, these ceramographs are typically beautiful and other-worldly. Besides a cool way to display some of the art intrinsic to nature, the competition helps promote the use of microscopy and microanalysis as tools in the scientific investigation of ceramic materials.

The just-completed contest even had some 3D entries that, of course, required those snazzy blue/magenta cellophane-cardboard glasses. One of these 3D images, by Matthew Sullivan and Daniel Mumm from the University of California, Irvine, won the Snow Best of Show award. I’ve posted this winner and another 3D entry below (they both work onscreen if you have the glasses!), plus some of my other favorite images from the display.

Click on the images to enlarge:

(3D) Spinel, by Matthew Sullivan & Daniel Mumm, University of California, Irvine. Best of Show.

(3D) Titania, by George Ferko & Martin P. Harmer, Lehigh University 3rd place, Undergraduate Studies category.

Zinc oxide, by Irene Paulauskas, Lynn Boatner, Larry Walker & Gerald Jellison, Oak Ridge National Lab. 2nd place SEM category.

Zinc oxide, by Irene Paulauskas, Lynn Boatner, Larry Walker & Gerald Jellison, Oak Ridge National Lab. 2nd place SEM category.

Alumina sol-gel coating, by Taek Bo Kim, Sreya Dutta, Helen Chan & Richard Vinci, Lehigh University 1st place, Undergraduate Studies category.

SiO2 spheres, by Taek Bo Kim, Sreya Dutta, Helen Chan & Richard Vinci, Lehigh University 1st place, Undergraduate Studies category.

SEM of MCrAlY droplet, by M.D. Weeks and D.R. Mumm, University of California, Irvine

Aluminum oxide film, by I.Y. Knoke & Y. Gogotsi, Drexel University, and B. Dyatkin & S. McIntosh, AlumiFuel Power Inc.



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2 Responses to 3D ceramographic entries a hit at MS&T’09

  1. Peter Wray says:

    Rudolf – Here is the actual caption that accompanied the SiO2 spheres ceramagraph: “This was subsequently attributed to the formation of mullite, a reaction product between the coating and SiO2 spheres that were inadvertently transferred from the stamp to the coating.”

    For more info, I’d suggest contacting one of the members of the ceramagraph team via the Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology at Lehigh Univ.

  2. Rudolf Krebs says:

    Wonderfull pictures! I have round about 50 years refractory experience, especially in R&D and I have seen a lot of REM – pictures, but never such nice ones. I didn`t know that our inorganic materials can be so nice.
    Especially I want to know more about the SiO2 – spheres and the support, which have ideal round shape. I think it is not a microsilica type – or?

    Thank you in advance for a reply. In the meantime I remain with best regrads.

    Rudolf Krebs

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