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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 Imperial College London, Department of Materials.


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 eugenio.zapata-solvas@imperial.ac.uk.

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UK Chapter to Hold Workshop: Sustainable Manufacturing of Advanced Ceramics


When:  Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Where: The University of Sheffield


Cost:  Free


Workshop Schedule

(click on title to view abstract)


10:00-10:30  Arrival and reception coffee break


10:30-10:45  Welcome


10:45-11:30  “Continuous hydrothermal synthesis of nanoceramics; From materials discovery to pilot plant”
(Prof. Jawwad Darr, University College of London)


11:30-12:15  “Rheology of complex fluids in colloidal processing”
(Dr. Esther Garcia-Tunon, University of Liverpool)


12:15-13:00  “3D printing additive manufacturing of advanced ceramics”
(Prof. Brian Derby, University of Manchester)


13:00-14:00  Lunch break


14:00-14:45  “Field assisted processing of functional ceramics, new crops to harvest”
(Prof. Mike Reece, Queen Mary College)


14:45-15:30 “Flash sintering: What it can do and how does it work?”
(Prof. Richard Todd, University of Oxford)


15:30-16:15  “Making materials with microwaves: The art of the possible”
(Prof. Bala Vaidhyanthan, Loughborough University)


16:15-17:00  “Cold sintering for sustainable ceramics”
(Dr. Rebeca Boston, The university of Sheffield)


17:00-17:05 Concluding remarks and departure


Click here to register for the workshop.




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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