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CLS 2011 General Sessions

Ceramic Leadership Summit 2011

CLS 2011 features three General Sessions on Tuesday, August 2nd and the Closing General Session on Wednesday, August 3rd. Download the Final Program for complete meeting details.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

General Session 1

10 a.m. to Noon

Advancing Materials Technology in A Complex World

Corporate leaders provide their perspectives on the global economic, technological, and environmental challenges and opportunities facing the ceramic materials and technologies community. Each talk will be followed by a facilitated dialogue with Summit participants.


Advanced Ceramics for Sustainability – View from Siemens Corporate Technology
Speaker: Wolfgang Rossner, Technology Leader Ceramics, Siemens AG Corporate Technology


The predicted mega trends like climate change, population growth, demographic change and scarcity of resources require more sustainable global development. Thus sustainability is not only a highly demanded property but is also a powerful innovation driver for technologies. Within this context advanced materials are expected to provide new solutions for the environment, the economy and society. Advanced ceramics can contribute to achieving higher sustainability by improving the efficiency, functionality and lifetime of technical systems. Stimulated by their multidisciplinary character, ceramic materials can open options for new solutions e.g. for power generation, energy saving and energy storage or for self-adapting components using more ‘intelligent’ materials.


Emerging Applications and Challenges in Using Ceramics at General Electric
Speaker: Krishan L. Luthra, Technology Leader, Ceramics & Metallurgy, GE Global Research


Ceramics play a critical role in performance of many energy systems, including gas turbines, batteries and SOFCs. Ceramic Matrix Composites can lead to improved performance of gas turbines, both for land based and aircraft engines, because of their lighter weight and higher temperature capability. Key components of SOFCs are also ceramics, the Yttria Stabilized Zirconia electrolyte and the Perovskites cathode. High energy density sodium metal halide battery is another emerging application relying on a beta alumina electrolyte and other ceramics. Key challenges in commercializing these applications are component life and cost. This talk will discuss applications and challenges in use of ceramics in these three applications, focusing on CMCs.

General Session 2

1:30 to 3:15 p.m.

Entrepreneurial Case Studies

Start-up businesses are an integral part of the ceramic materials community. Many entrepreneurs have started with research focus and successfully transitioned into launching and/or managing a business. Three tech-savvy leaders of ceramics-related companies provide case studies on building businesses based on materials technology. The case studies will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion.


Case Study 1

Speaker: Bart Riley, Co-founder, CTO, A123 Systems


Founded in 2001, A123Systems has developed a revolutionary new Li-ion cell technology based on a novel nanophosphatetm chemistry. By selecting a material with intrinsic safety and stability, A123Systems worked with MIT to create a nanoscale cathode material with high intrinsic power density. Subsequent work at A123Systems resulted in the development and commercialization of a new class of Li-ion cell products that were ideally suited for high power applications such as power tools, hybrid electro vehicles and certain grid storage applications.


Case Study 2

Speaker: Ted Day, President, MO-SCI Corporation


MO-SCI Corporation was started in 1985 as a spin off from Missouri University of Science & Technology. Throughout it’s history, MO-SCI has been handed many challenges that small companies normally face and has weathered them well. After 26 years in business, it has grown into a world recognized small business serving the majority of the Fortune 500 on a sole supplier basis. MO-SCI’s unique business philosophy, using partnering as its main focus on business relationships has served the company well and now serves over 1500 customers in 50 countries worldwide.


Case Study 3

Speaker: Marina Pascucci, President, CeraNova Corporation


CeraNova is a privately held company that was founded in 1992 as a developer and manufacturer of ceramic superconductors. Since that time, the company has grown into a leading innovator of ceramic processing solutions and engineered components for high technology systems. Today CeraNova’s major focus is on fine-grained, transparent ceramics (monolithic, composite, and fibers) that are essential for an increasing number of military, industrial, and commercial products. CeraNova’s experienced staff and well-equipped facility makes it well positioned to provide contract technology development and small-scale manufacturing when it may not economically viable internally at other firms.

General Session 3

3:45 to 5:15 p.m.

Business Opportunities and Strategies in Emerging Markets


Case Study: A Small U.S. Company’s approach to China

Speaker: Thomas A. Cole, VP of Business Development, Ceradyne, Inc.


It’s a challenge for a $20 million revenue company to expand into China. This case study summarizes the five year effort of Minco, Inc. before it was purchased by Ceradyne, Inc. in 2007. Minco produced fused silica with a proprietary process and also had proprietary products used in the precision investment casting industry that were quite advanced compared to the Chinese practices at the time. The study details how classes, books, and consultants were used to prepare and execute the plan of finding a Chinese partner, structuring and financing the enterprise, beginning sales and building a plant.


Case Study 2: Exploring Emerging Markets and the Advanced Materials Industry

Speaker: Donald J. Bray, Business Director, NP Aerospace, Inc. (a Morgan Crucible Company)


There are several emerging markets where advanced materials will play a significant role. Bray will describe the analysis and approach that a larger, diversified materials company is taking to capitalize on these new markets – Energy Production (solar and wind), Energy Storage, Energy Conservation, Soldier Survivability, Electronics. Bray began his career at the Alcoa Research Center and worked on armor, composites, and materials for aerospace. His past experience includes heading up R&D and Business development at Advanced Refractory Technologies and General Manager, Technology and Development for Poco Graphite. In October of 2006, he joined Morgan Crucible, Plc. He has 30 publications, 8 patents and over 40 presentations.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Closing General Session

3:15 to 5:00 p.m.

Connecting Research, Technology and Manufacturing

Research and innovation are critical to development of technology that can transform the world. What are some of the programs in the United States and in Europe that make a connection among research, technology, and manufacturing? How do these programs or similar programs help the ceramic materials community?


Case Study 1

Speaker: Thomas W. Peterson, Assistant Director for Engineering, National Science Foundation


The National Science Foundation is the primary source of support for basic research and education in science and engineering throughout the US academic community. At NSF, the Directorate for Engineering has historically occupied a unique and interesting space within the Foundation, and today is no different. Like other directorates, most of ENG investments support basic research and discovery. But a portion of the ENG portfolio of investments directly addresses the important translation of the fruits of successful basic research into products and processes of societal benefit. What can one federal agency (the NSF) reasonably do to stimulate innovation and economic development through strategic investments in our nation’s colleges and universities?


Case Study 2

Speaker: Alexander Michaelis, Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems


Advanced ceramics have enormous potential for high tech markets such as energy an environmental technology. Several case studies of Fraunhofer projects along with industrial partners are presented showing how technology transfer can be expedited within the Fraunhofer model. One important feature of those projects is that R&D is done along the whole value chain including not only proof of principle up to prototyping but also up-scaling to pre series production. This approach leads to shorter time to market and reduces risks such as retentivity costs. As the examples fuel cell, storage and filtration applications are chosen.


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