08-15 Xufei Fang 2nd Century Trailblazer

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The Journal of the American Ceramic Society launched the 2nd Century Trailblazers initiative earlier this year to raise the profile of early-career ceramic and glass scientists and engineers who are conducting outstanding research. More than 70 researchers were nominated this year, with 51 submitting their research and perspective articles for consideration. All articles accepted for publication will be published in a dedicated upcoming issue of JACerS.

After thorough review, the JACerS editors identified submissions that best represented the ideals of the Journal—originality, impact, and writing that engages readers. JACerS editor-in-chief John Mauro, Dorothy Pate Enright Professor at The Pennsylvania State University, studied these exemplary articles and chose the best of the best.

Mauro says, “We should be very proud of the outstanding collection of papers we’ve received as part of the 2nd Century Trailblazers competition. I think this initiative has been a huge success. The finalist papers are all outstanding. I’m sure this will be a landmark issue for the Journal.”

The inaugural 2nd Century Trailblazer is Xufei Fang. Fang is an Athene Young Investigator at the Technical University of Darmstadt and group leader of the new Hydrogen Micromechanics group in the Institute for Applied Materials–Mechanics of Materials and Interfaces at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. His open-access article “Mechanical tailoring of dislocations in ceramics at room temperature: A perspective” describes work performed at TU Darmstadt.

Fang will present his work during the Journal of the American Ceramic Society Awards Symposium at ACerS Annual Meeting at MS&T, which will be held Oct. 1–4, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio.

Below are all the finalists from this year’s inaugural 2nd Century Trailblazers competition and the titles of their articles. Articles without links are not yet posted online.

Please join us in congratulating these outstanding researchers and all who submitted their work for the inaugural 2nd Century Trailblazers initiative. We look forward to seeing you at MS&T 2023!