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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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Exciting and Informative Workshop

Scheduled for March 2018


The UK Chapter has an exciting program for 2018, with the first workshop taking place on March 20. It will be hosted in The School of Engineering and the Materials Innovation Factory (MIF) in the University of Liverpool.  The workshop topic will be Ceramics for Energy, which is a key research topic for people from either academia or industry.  The morning and afternoon seminars will take place in the School of Engineering, with the lunch and poster sessions being hosted in the MIF Atrium.
During the first year of life of the UK Chapter, many attendees encouraged us to facilitate more opportunities for interactions within the community, in particular with students. We are pleased to announce that we are taking on board all your suggestions. The activities in the 2nd year of the UK Chapter will be focused on facilitating networking opportunities at all levels, in particular giving students the opportunity to share their work in poster sessions.


The MIF is a new research centre funded by University of Liverpool, Unilever and Hefce that brings together multi-disciplinary research expertise, unparalleled facilities and dynamic support infrastructure. There will be a tour to the MIF building and the open access area. Guidance on how to access these facilities will also be provided. Whether you come from academia, industry or are in a SMC, MIF is open to all, bringing academia and industry together under the same roof.  There will be limited spaces for the tour given time constraints; make sure you specify you would like to join the tour in your registration.
The poster session is targeted to PhD students and early career researchers. There will be an award for the best poster presentation. The awardee will be funded and invited to go and give a plenary talk in the next workshop to be celebrated in Queen Mary University of London (10 October 2018).


Registration and abstract submission is now open; please send your contributions and/or your registration form to eugenio.zapata-solvas@imperial.ac.uk for consideration.


The list of confirmed speakers includes:


Dr. Maulik Pattel (University of Liverpool)
Prof. Robert Freer (University of Manchester)
Prof. Stephen Skinner (Imperial College London)
Dr. Sian Dutton (University of Cambridge)
Dr. Matthew Dyer (University of Liverpool)
Dr. Subhasish Mukerjee (Ceres Power Limited)


The schedule for the meeting will be communicated soon. Please, feel free to circulate this email through your department, institute or to any person who may be interested.

Thanks for supporting the UK Chapter; we are looking forward to seeing you in Liverpool.

Click here for the registration form.



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.


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Upcoming UK Chapter Meetings


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Other Events of Interest for the UK Ceramics Community


Ceramics in Society: Demanding Environments, April 11, 2018


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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