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Plenary Session


Global Megatrends: Challenges and Opportunities for Ceramics

PACRIM8’s Plenary Session is planned June 1, 2009 at 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. 

PACRIM8 Program Chair Mrityunjay Singh will deliver the Introduction and Welcome Address at 9:00 a.m.


9:40 a.m. – Joseph A. Miller, Jr.

10:20 a.m. – Break

10:40 a.m. – Teruo Kishi

11:20 a.m. – Larry L. Hench




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Monday, June 1, 2009 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Joseph Miller Headshot

Joseph Miller

Dr. Joseph A. Miller, Jr., Corning, USA


Title: 2009 Global R&D and Innovation in Glass and Ceramics at Corning


Abstract: Corning’s approach to growth through innovation is focused on the invention and manufacture of high technology keystone components from inorganic materials. Several new product programs in the innovation portfolio will be reviewed. The critical success factors of Corning’s global innovation strategy will be discussed as well as our methodology for tracking megatrends and identifying new opportunities in glass and ceramics. Corning’s approach to and perspective on R&D in Asia for glass and ceramics materials will be highlighted.


Miller Bio: Dr. Joseph A. Miller, Jr. joined Corning Incorporated in July 2001 as senior vice president and chief technology officer. He was named to his current position in March 2002. Prior to joining Corning, Miller was with E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Inc., where he served as chief technology officer and senior vice president for Research & Development since 1994. He began his career with DuPont in 1966 as a research chemist in Polymer Science. He also held a variety of positions in research and development, manufacturing, business and marketing. Miller received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Military Institute and a doctorate in chemistry from Penn State University. He is a member of numerous science and technology organizations; including the National Academy of Engineering, American Association for the Advancement of Science-Fellow and the Industrial Research Institute. He is on the board of directors of Greatbatch, Inc., and Dow Corning.



Teruo Kishi

Teruo Kishi

Teruo Kishi, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan


Title: Research on Ceramics: State of the Art and Future Challenges in Japan


Abstract: Since USA launched National Nanotechnology Initiative in 2000, nanotechnology is promoted all over the world, and have affected for all materials research including that on ceramics. As a result of the affection, people have revealed that ceramics are able to have even superconductivity. In Japan, although the net research budget related to the field of nanotechnology and materials science decreased in 2008, the research in the field is promoted as one of the four strategic fields of the third Basic Program for Science and Technology operated from 2006 to 2011. As the ways toward societal implications of nanotechnology, Japan has promoted the materials research focusing on (1) Development of human resources and their education, (2) Promoting of Center of Excellence (COE) and Networking, and (3) Commercialization of research products. I believe that Japanese ceramics industries have played an important role for the development of ceramics technology.


Kishi Bio: Kishi is currently President, National Institute for Materials Science; President, The Japan Federation of Engineering Societies; Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo; and Director General, Nanotechnology Researchers Network Center of Japan. Kishi’s expertise includes Material Science, Fracture and Nondestructive Testing, Metal, Ceramics Composites. In 2007, he received the Barkhausen Award, which is given for outstanding research achievements in interdisciplinary work involving physics, materials science, and electrical engineering. Kishi received his Doctor of Engineering from The University of Tokyo in 1969.



Larry Hench

Larry Hench

Dr. Larry Hench, University of Florida, USA


Title: Discovery and Clinical Uses of Bioglass: A 40 Year Retrospective


Abstract: Bioactive glasses were discovered in 1969 and provided for the first time an alternative to 1st generation bioinert materials; i.e.,2nd generation, interfacial bonding of an implant with host tissues. Tissue regeneration using the gene-activating properties of 45S5 Bioglass provide a 3rd generation of biomaterials that are designed to turn-on the body’s own repair processes.40 years of studies of mechanisms of bone-bioactive glass bonding and recent discoveries of gene-activation by the ionic dissolution products of Bioglass are described, including ionic stimulation of stem cells. Clinical uses in 35 countries cover a wide range of medical and dental applications: middle ear prostheses, endosseous ridge implants, maxillo-facial reconstruction, spinal fusion, scoliosis repair, bone grafting, repair of fracture dis-unions, filling of cavitary defects,shown in case histories. Implications for future use in regenerative medicine are summarized.


Hench Bio: Larry L. Hench is currently Graduate Research Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, Professor and Director of Special Projects at the University of Central Florida, Visiting Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Arizona, and Emeritus Professor of Ceramic Materials in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. For 10 years he served as Co-Director of the Imperial College Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Centre. He assumed the Chair of Ceramic Materials at Imperial College in 1995 following 32 years at the University of Florida where he served as Director of the Bioglass Research Centre and Co-Director of the Advanced Materials Research Center. He re-joined the faculty of the MSE Dept. at the University of Florida in 2009. Larry completed his Bachelor of Ceramic Engineering degree at The Ohio State University in 1961 and his PhD in 1964.




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