Ross Coffin Purdy, in whose honor this award is given, served The American Ceramic Society for 24 years as General Secretary and Editor of its publications. He was the recipient of many awards, a Fellow and Honorary Life Member, and President of the Society. Mr. Purdy was noted for his dynamic leadership, individualism, broad vision, and unswerving devotion to the Society and to the ceramic engineering profession.

The Purdy award shall be given to the author or authors who, in the judgment of the committee, made the most valuable contribution to ceramic technical literature published two years prior to the selection year. The 2024 Purdy award will be given to the author(s) of a paper published in 2022.

A technical article is defined as a paper involving original work on ceramic materials that is published in a ceramic science and engineering journal, or a science journal that includes papers on the topic of ceramic science and engineering. Members of The American Ceramic Society can nominate papers from any science journal that includes papers on ceramic science and engineering.  In addition, the editors of the three ACerS-Wiley journals will recommend papers for the award.

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2024 Awardee

“Digital light processing stereolithography of hydroxyapatite scaffolds with bone-like architecture, permeability, and mechanical properties”; The Journal of the American Ceramic Society; 2022 Mar;105(3):1648-57 by Francesco BainoGiulia MagnaterraElisa FiumeAlessandro SchiaviLuciana-Patricia TofanMartin SchwentenweinEnrica Verné

Deadline for Nominations:

March 1