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United Kingdom Chapter

united-kingdom-map-croppedThe UK Chapter of The American Ceramic Society serves ACerS members in London and the United Kingdom for the purpose of promoting the arts and sciences connected with ceramics and glass science and engineering. Events such as workshops, industrial showcases, and seminars are planned to enhance and facilitate the interaction, technical discussions, and potential collaborations between ACerS members in the UK.  These will focus on the development of early career researchers  to present their work to our members, provide publicity for job opportunities, and the establishment of networking collaborations.


The Chapter is headquartered at University College London.


Chair:  Dr. Eugenio Zapata-Solvas


Secretary: Mr. Matthew Porter


Treasurer: Dr. Luc Vandeperre


For more information on the UK Chapter, contact Dr. Eugenio Zapata-Solvas, Chair of the UK Chapter, at e.zapata-solvas@ucl.ac.uk.


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Upcoming Workshop to Recognize Outstanding Ceramics Students


The UK Chapter of ACerS will recognize UK ceramics students who are making remarkable contributions to our field on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at Queen Mary, University of London. The selected students, who were nominated for this special recognition, have been invited to speak at this workshop.  They are:


     Bernhard Leube — University of Liverpool    

     Wirat Lerdprom — Imperial College London

     Matt Porter — University of Birmingham

     Shunsuke Murakami — University of Sheffield

     Williams Rowlands — Loughborough University

     Rebecca Smith — University of St. Andrews

     Stephanie Thornber — National Nuclear Laboratory

     Rowena Brugge — Imperial College London


Location: Joseph Priestley Building

Queen Mary, University of London

Mile End Road



Additional details are forthcoming!

To register for this event, click here.

For any questions, please contact Dr. Eugenio Zapata-Solvas.  



Exciting and Informative Workshop Well-Attended


The UK Chapter of the American Ceramic Society co-organized with the University of Liverpool a workshop on “Advanced Ceramics for Energy applications: From Conversion to Storage” held at The School of Engineering from the University of Liverpool March 20,  2018. This is the third event for the UK Chapter since its establishment in October 2016 and the first event in its second year of existence. This workshop was well attended with approximately nearly 40 attendants. The attendance was very balanced between local and non-local people.  As in previous occasions ,there was also a good representation of industry, as half of the non-local people were from industry. Universities from different UK locations were represented, such as Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Loughborough, Cambridge, Queen Mary and Imperial College. It was very remarkable that nearly all the companies present in previous meetings managed to send at least one delegate to the workshop. This clearly shows an established interest and loyalty of companies for UK Chapter events. In addition, there was a presence of a few attendants that have not missed any of the UK Chapter activities, which is a big support for the society and an indicator of the good acceptance from the UK ceramic community to our activities. As in previous meetings, there was a good balance and mixing of experienced researchers, industry people, early-career researchers and students, with a strong presence of early career researchers from the University of Liverpool.


During this second year, the UK Chapter has the goal of making its activities more inclusive for students or to increase the interaction between students, early career researchers, academics and industrialist. This is the main reason why the first poster session of the UK Chapter was celebrated, a perfect scenario for students to present their work to the community. In addition, there was a parallel lab tour through the Materials Innovation Factory (MIF), where the poster session took place. This new building from the University of Liverpool is a modern facility with an open access concept on the ground floor: “The laboratory hotel”. A place where companies and external researchers can book a room (laboratory) for periods of at least a year, in which a whole lab is provided to establish their base in the MIF and do research in its top-notch facilities. I particularly enjoyed the tour and found this concept very novel and interesting. This idea came thanks to the invited seminar that Dr. Esther Garcia-Tunon gave in the workshop celebrated in Sheffield in September 2017, in which she gave an introduction to the MIF and I thought straightaway that this was the ideal place to gather the UK ceramic community, an open space where everyone is welcome to come and do research. I would like to give special thanks to Esther for her help hosting the workshop as she made the organization “easy peasy”.


The success of the workshop relied on the strong interaction during the workshop. The poster session, as well as the lab tour, were a very good opportunity for interaction and relaxed chat with any of the attendants. The good atmosphere present during the whole day would have not been possible without the kind participation and contribution from our plenary speakers, who are first class worldwide well know researchers in the field of energy ceramics, who enlightened the audience with superb presentations and latest developments on the field. Topics discussed during the workshop covered different aspects of energy applications in advanced ceramics, from the importance of crystallography on the different oxide phases present in Uranium Oxide nuclear fuel (Dr. Maulik Patel) to the wide presence of thermoelectrics in our world to generate energy and how its performance has improved over the last years (Prof. Robert Freer), or study of dual composites for solid oxide fuel cell, in which one phase is responsible for the electronic transport and the other one for the ionic transport and the effect this have on the interfaces (Prof. Stephen Skinner), or from an experimental perspective in the study if different-ion batteries and their implications (Dr. Sian Dutton) to how Density Functional Theory could be used as a predictive tool for development of novel battery materials (Dr. Matthew Dyer), or from a discussion about a real market product based on solid oxide fuel cells and challenges involved to scale up to their strategies to become more efficient than their competitors (Dr. Subhasish Mukerjee).

Finally, the UK Chapter presented its first award for the best poster to Mr. Bernhard Leube for his poster, “Sulphide based high-entropy rock salts as potential Li+ conductors”.  As it was said above, during this second year the UK Chapter has the goal to support the UK Ceramic students and there is no better way than give the opportunity to Bernhard to deliver the plenary opening lecture, an experience that I am sure will enlighten the audience. I would like to say big congratulations to Bernhard and I am really looking forward to listening to his lecture in the next UK Chapter workshop.

Some of the attendees of the March 2018 workshop

The next UK Chapter workshop will be celebrated in Queen Mary University of London the 10th of October of 2018. The UK Chapter will use a new format for this meeting as we will not select the speakers for our next workshop, it will be a decision taken using the community feedback. Therefore, I would like to ask our community for help, to find the students in the UK that are doing a remarkable contribution to ceramic science and in its extension to society. The UK Chapter will invite these students to give an invited seminar in the next workshop, so please get involved and help us to find them. Nominations are now opened till end of June 2018, so please if you want to nominate anyone just drop me an email to eugenio.zapata-solvas@imperial.ac.uk with the name, institution and email of the student in addition to a brief explanation of why do you think he or she should give an invited seminar in our next workshop. Ideally, nominations to students from an institution different than the nominee will be preferred. I am very excited about this new format, which could be called “UK Ceramics Talent workshop” and would like to ask for help again to find the UK talented ceramic students. Also, I hope our community like the idea and show up that day to support them as the future of our community heavily rely on them.

There will be more exciting announcements during this year, so stay tuned!  Eugenio







UK Chapter’s  Workshop on Sustainable Manufacturing of Advanced Ceramics Proves Popular 


The UK Chapter of The American Ceramic Society and the University of Sheffield co-organized a workshop on “Sustainable Manufacturing of Advanced Ceramics” held at the Materials Science & Engineering department of the University of Sheffield on September 12,  2017. This is the second event for the UK Chapter since its formation in October 2016. This workshop was well-attended with approximately 60 participants. It was remarkable that more than 50% of the attendees came from out of Sheffield (35), from either academia or industry. Universities from different UK locations were represented, such as Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds, Loughborough, Birmingham, Oxford, Surrey, University College of London, Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London. Also, there was an increased attendance from companies staff compared to our first meeting and 30% of the attendees (18) were coming from industry and 10 different companies were represented, such as Johnson Matthey, Morgan Advanced Materials, Lucideon, Precision Ceramics Ltd, Heraus Electro-Nite UK, Precision Ceramics Ltd., NovaMat Limited, Washington Mills Electro Minerals Ltd., Thales UK, Deregallera Ltd. and Refracto-Ceramics Consultancy Ltd.   Read more here.


Click here to view photos of the event.



Upcoming UK Chapter Meetings


Queen Mary University of London, October 10, 2018



Other Events of Interest for the UK Ceramics Community


Sustainable Functional Materials 2018, April 17-18, 2018


UK Chapter Holds First Meeting

The first meeting of the UK Chapter of The American Ceramic Society was held at the Department of Materials at Imperial College London on March 15, 2017.  A total of 55 were present for the meeting and it is remarkable that nearly half of those attending were from outside of London–from as far as St. Andrews in Scotland, and some other areas around the UK, such as Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Loughborough, and Oxford. This is a testament to the willingness of the UK ceramic community to participate in UK Chapter events!


There was continuous interaction between researchers from academia and industry as 12 participants were from industry representing seven different companies (Johnson Matthey, Morgan Advanced Materials, Lucideon, British Federation of Ceramics, Electrosciences, NovaMat and Nutec Bickley Kilns). It was remarkable the interest of young graduates and undergraduates as they represented approximately one-third of the audience of what could be considered a perfectly balanced mix of experienced researchers, industry people, early-career researchers, and students.


Eugenio Zapata-Solvas, Chair of the UK Chapter, reports that the attendees completely enjoyed the meeting and showed a strong interest on future events of the UK Chapter. The success of the meeting is directly related to the top quality researchers who presented from academia and industry. A variety of topics were discussed:

  • ACerS President Bill Lee provided a description of the UK Chapter and an explanation that the Chapter was formed as a service to ACerS members in the UK and is not in competition with other societies
  • Dr. Laura Cohen (British Confederation of Ceramics) discussed how the Brexit could affect ceramic manufacturers in the UK and how the British ceramic confederation supports ceramic community
  • Dr. Amanda Quadling (Morgan Advanced Materials) facilitated discussion on the use of regulation norms as a resource to commercialize research products in different part of the world
  • Ms. Theresa Davey (Chair, ACerS PCSA) presented opportunities in ACerS for students
  • Professor John Irvine (University of St. Andrews) discussed the similarities between the shore in Scotland with microstructure at nanoscale level observed in solid oxide cells
  • Professor John Provis (The Sheffield University) led a discussion on how cement researchers could spend hours discussing what makes cement go hard
  • Professor Ian Reaney (The University of Sheffield) discussed how ceramics with high dielectric constants could be fabricated below 200°C for use as antennas in smartphones
  • Professor Bala Baidhyanathan (Loughborough University) made the attendees dream about a contactless sintering chain able to fabricate thousands of pieces in a day
  • Professor Robert Hill (Queen Mary University of London) ensured that every attendee will display a shiny smile for a week thanks to the toothpaste sample containing bioactive glasses he distributed (or shall we say Fluoro Calcium Phospho Silicate to avoid to scare people without scientific knowledge?)!

The audience definitely enjoyed the meeting and are looking forward to hearing about what is coming next in the UK Chapter.





Dr. Eugenio Zapata-Solvas, Chair of the  UK Chapter, welcomes attendees to the meeting.




Professor Alan Atkinson, Imperial College London




Professor Bill Lee, President of The American Ceramic Society




Dr. Laura Cohen, British Confederation of Ceramics




Dr. Amanda Quadling, Morgan Advanced Ceramics




Ms. Theresa Davey, Chair, ACerS Presidents Council of Student Advisors




Professor John Irvine, University of St. Andrews




Professor John Provis, The  University of Sheffield




Professor Robert Hill, Queen Mary University of London




Professor Ian Reaney, The University of Sheffield




Professor Bala Vaidhyanathan, Loughborough University




Attendees enjoying the lectures



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