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contents M a r c h 2 0 1 3 • V o l . 9 2 N o . 2 cover story Transparent polycrystalline spinel armor protects soldiers and instruments, but these materials do much more than stop projectiles. (Credit: Surmet.) – page 20 feature articles Transparent polycrystalline cubic spinels protect and defend . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Mohan Ramisetty, Suri Sastri, Uday Kashalikar, Lee M. Goldman, and Nagrenda Nag Aluminum oxynitride and magnesium-spinel are lightweight, strong, and transparent armor materials. Besides protecting soldiers and equipment, there are interesting optics applications for these materials, too. “Atoms to armor”—Army invests in basic research to design new materials 26 Eileen De Guire In this interview, Army Research Laboratory’s chief scientist James McCauley tells how ARL is answering a challenge to design new materials from the atomic scale up with a $120 million, potential 10-year basic research program. New opportunities for transparent ceramics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Shi Chen and Yiquan Wu From armor to lasers to medical imaging equipment, transparent polycrystalline ceramics deliver a unique mix of properties. This overview surveys the wide range of transparent ceramic compositions, the history of their development, and applications for these materials. meetings St. Louis Section/Refractory Ceramics Division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 PACRIM 10, including GOMD 2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Plenary speakers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Darshana and Arun Varshneya Frontiers of Glass Science Lecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Tentative schedule of events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Hotel information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Short courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Themes and symposia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 UNITECR 2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Keynote and plenary speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Schedule at a glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Hotel information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Technical program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Short courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 departments News & Trends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 • Big awards for little SOFC device • Business news • Good news for touchscreen glass: Tablet market expected to hit 72 million by 2018 • EU awards C1B for graphene research • Roskill: Upturn in shipped, traded bauxite; market to be oversupplied short term • India creates online glass, ceramics core lecture series on YouTube ACerS Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 • ACerS to foster ‘Technical Interest Groups’ • Welcome to our newest Corporate Member! • Graduate student poster contest at MS&T’13 The Society’s Art Division recasts itself with a new name and bigger mission. (Credit: Marc Walton; NSF.) – page 13 research briefs In-situ observation of microcracks in UHTCs at high-temperature with X-ray computed tomography (Credit: Ritchie, LBNL.) – page 17 American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 92, No. 2 | www.ceramics.org 1


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