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ICACC’15 Award & Plenary Speakers

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The award & plenary speakers session kicks off ICACC’15 Monday, January 26 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Make your plans to participate.

David R. Clarke

Mueller Award

David R. Clarke, Extended Tarr Family Professor of Materials, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University


Title: Materials selection for the next generation thermal barrier coatings


Abstract: One of the major successes of engineered ceramics has been the development of the thermal protection system for high-temperature gas turbines. For the last twenty-five years, the ceramic material of choice as a thermal barrier coating has, and continues to be, yttria-stabilized zirconia containing 8 weight percent yttria (8YSZ). As the development of more efficient gas turbines proceeds there is a need for an oxide coating that can sustain higher operating temperatures than 8YSZ. However, no existing oxide has the required combination of low thermal conductivity, adequate fracture toughness, low optical absorption in the infra-red and high temperature stability as well as compatibility with alumina that forms on superalloys at high temperatures. In this presentation, I will discuss the design requirements for the next generation gas turbines as well as a number of approaches being taken to identify suitable oxide systems. As part of the presentation, I will also describe our recent work on the basis for selecting oxides with exceptionally low thermal conductivity at high temperatures as well as studies of the YTaO4-ZrO2 system which we believe has particular promise for future coatings.


Biography: Clarke holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Cambridge, a BS in Applied Sciences from Sussex University and was awarded a ScD from the University of Cambridge. Prior to moving to Harvard, he was professor of materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Previous positions include being senior manager, IBM Research Division; associate professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; group leader, Rockwell International Science Center; and senior scientific officer, The National Physical Laboratory, UK. A member of the National Academy of Engineering since 1999, he is also a fellow of both the American Physical Society and ACerS, and received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Scientist Award in 1993. He shared the 2008 Japanese NIMS Award for Recent Breakthroughs in Materials Science for Energy and Environment, is a Distinguished Life Member of ACerS and was recently listed as author of one of the 11 best papers in the 110 years of publications on ceramics and glasses. His long-term interests in materials range from the fundamentals to the applied, from ceramics to metals to semiconductors and polymers. He has published over 450 papers in areas of materials ranging from thermal barrier coatings, to dielectric elastomers to fundamentals of oxidation to microelectronics reliability and the electrical and optical properties of ZnO and GaN.

Sanjay Mathur

Bridge Building Award

Sanjay Mathur, chair, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Cologne, Germany


Title: Chemically processed nanostructured ceramics: Opportunities for energy and health applications


Abstract: Chemical nanotechnologies play a key role in converging physical and life sciences and engineering ceramics. Chemical processing enables facile and efficient synthesis and assembly of nanocrystals of precisely defined chemical compositions that can be engineered for energy and health applications. Metal oxide nanostructures inherit promises for substantial improvements in materials engineering mainly due to improved physical and mechanical properties resulting from the reduction of microstructural features by two to three orders of magnitude, when compared to current engineering materials. This talk will present how chemically grown nanoparticles, nanowires and nanocomposites of different metal oxides open up new vistas of material properties, which can be transformed into advanced material technologies. The examples will include application of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles for magnetic resonance imaging and drug delivery applications, electrospinning of nanowires for application as electrode materials and vapour phase synthesis of nanolaminates for solar hydrogen production. Finally, the current challenges of integration of nanomaterials in existing device concepts will be discussed. 


Biography: Mathur’s research interests focus on application of nanomaterials and advanced ceramics for energy technologies. He holds six patents and has authored/co-authored over 275 original research publications and has edited several books. He is a Titular Member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemists (IUPAC) and a member of the ISO Technical Committee on Nanotechnologies. He was given the Global Star Award of the ECD of The American Ceramic Society in 2010. He had organized and chaired several international and national conferences and Symposia. Mathur is also the director of the Institute of Renewable Energy Sources at the Xian Jiao Tong University, China and a World Class University Professor at the Chonbuk University in Korea. He also holds Visiting Professorships at the Central South University, China and the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), India.

Cato Laurencin

Plenary Speaker

Cato T. Laurencin, Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and professor, chemical, materials and biomolecular engineering, University of Connecticut; director, Institute for Regenerative Engineering; CEO, Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science


Title: Regenerative engineering: The theory and practice of a next generation field


Abstract: The next ten years will see unprecedented strides in regenerating musculoskeletal tissues. We are moving from an era of advanced prosthetics, to what I term regenerative engineering. In doing so, we have the capability to begin to address grand challenges in musculoskeletal regeneration.  Tissues such as bone, ligament, and cartilage can now be understood from the cellular level to the tissue level.  We now have the capability to produce these tissues in clinically relevant forms through tissue engineering techniques. Our improved ability to optimize engineered tissues has occurred in part due to an increased appreciation for stem cell technology and nanotechnology, two relatively new tools for the tissue engineer. Critical parameters impact the design of novel scaffolds for tissue regeneration. Cellular and intact tissue behavior can be modulated by these designs. Design of systems for regeneration must take place with a holistic and comprehensive approach, understanding the contributions of cells, biological factors, scaffolds and morphogenesis. 


Biography: Laurencin earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University and his medical degree magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School. During medical school, he also earned his Ph.D. in biochemical engineering/biotechnology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Laurencin has been named to America’s Top Doctors and America’s Top Surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American Surgical Association, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is the recipient of the Nicolas Andry Award from the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. His work on engineering tissues was honored by Scientific American Magazine as one of the 50 greatest achievements in science in 2007. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in ceremonies at the White House.

Kazushige Ohno 

Plenary Speaker

Kazushige Ohno, executive officer, chief director of technology development and director, IBIDEN Co., Ltd.


Title: Next generation diesel particulate filter (DPF) development and implementation strategy


Abstract: Over 30 years have passed since application of the first patent of DPF and over 10 years have passed since the first series production by IBIDEN. During these years there were some progresses in the technology. Recently emission regulation has become stringent more and more regarding both particulate matter (PM) and NOx worldwide. For diesel passenger car (PC), SCR coated DPF system is considered as one of the promising options for future emission after-treatment system by the benefit of downsizing. To integrate the SCR catalyst into DPF, it is necessary to design the DPF substrate so as to have higher porosity and larger pore size compared with the conventional DPF. However it leads to loss of robustness, so by the oxidation layer formed on the SiC particle that composes DPF, we succeeded to improve the strength of DPF substrate. For diesel heavy duty (HD), PM regulation became tighter and DPF has come to be used in EU and Japan. In diesel HD the fuel consumption is emphasized but a demand of robustness is comparatively low. So the effort to realize the low pressure loss substrate has been made with thin wall DPF for future system. In both PC and HD, the roadmap of the exhaust gas after-treatment system can be estimated from the engine characteristics and the regulations. To meet the roadmap, development goals of the substrate and the catalyst are set and the development has been promoted. We studied DPF substrates and SCR solutions that can be leading this field.


Biography: Ohno holds a PhD in engineering from Waseda University and a MBA from Kenichi Ohmae Graduate School of Business. He has served at the executive officer, chief director of technology development and director since June 2013. He joined the company in 1991. Ohno’s research interests focus on automobile exhaust gas after treatment technology and SiC materials. He has authored/co-authored over 60 original research publications and has been involved in the writing of several books. Ohno holds over 210 patents, including over 130 patents concerning DPF and over 70 patents concerning catalyst substrate. Recently, Ohno has pursued research and development of ceramic composite materials, such as SiC / SiC structure. Their applications are directed towards energy sector, aviation sector, and the semiconductor manufacturing equipment field.

Ricardo Castro 

Global Young Investigator

Ricardo H. R. Castro, associate professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Sciences, University of California, Davis


Title: Nanocrystalline ceramics: A thermodynamic perspective to enable design and control


Abstract: Nanocrystalline ceramics (nanoceramics) refer to a class of ceramic systems where crystallite sizes are at the nanoscale, such as in nanoparticles, bulk polycrystalline structures, or even composites like metal-ceramics. This class has intrigued the scientific community already for many years due to their unique and unexpected properties that emerge largely from the inherent great interfacial areas in the form of surfaces and grain boundaries. From a thermodynamic perspective, the energetic contribution of interfaces to the total energy of the system is responsible for differences in polymorphisms as compared to bulk microscale, as well as an increased thermo-instability due to elevated driving force for coarsening. Recently, highly sensitive microcalorimetric techniques have been able to depict the energetic contributions from interfaces and enabled quantification of the effects on nanoceramics’ behavior. This creates an unprecedented possibility of designing nanoceramics to meet targeted polymorphs and test mechanisms to increase nanostability on a thermodynamics basis./p>


Biography: Castro joined UC Davis in 2009 and is the lead of the Laboratory of Thermochemistry of Nanoceramics, a lab dedicated to provide fundamental understanding, using experimental thermodynamics, of ceramic nanomaterials and their behavior under processing conditions and operation at extreme environments, such as high temperatures and radiation. He has a PhD in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and a BS in Molecular Sciences from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He has published more than 40 scientific articles and the creator of the Materials Magic Show at UC Davis. Prior to joining UC Davis, Castro was a professor at FEI (Fundação Educacional Inaciana Pe. Saboia de Medeiros), a catholic university in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. FEI is an engineering school responsible for educating engineers for the biggest automotive complex in Latin America. Castro has been awarded the Department of Energy Early Career Program award and the National Science Foundation Career Award, two of the most competitive awards for young researchers, both in 2011. He was also awarded the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineering Young Investigator Award, the 2012 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award by the UC Davis College of Engineering. More recently, Castro was honored as 2013-2014 UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow.

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