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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: Ms. Theresa Davey

 

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.

If you would like to receive periodic updates regarding the United Kingdom Chapter, click here to be included on our email list.

 

 

UK Chapter to Hold Workshop: Sustainable Manufacturing of Advanced Ceramics

 

When:  Tuesday, September 12, 2017

 

Where: The University of Sheffield

 

Cost:  £10

 

Click here to view the workshop program and schedule.

 

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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