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Sintering of Ceramics

Learn the principles and practices of sintering in this six-day virtual course

Course Description

Sintering is a ubiquitous processing step for manufacturing ceramics for a diverse set of applications. While commonly related to powder processing of ceramic parts, its important roles in other processes, such as additive manufacturing, nanotechnology, and thin films, are less commonly discussed.

This six-day online course will cover the principles and practices in sintering, giving the students sufficient background to be able to:

  • Perform sintering of powders to achieve specified target microstructures
  • Understand the difficulties encountered in practical powder sintering
  • Take practical steps to rectify the problems encountered in producing required target microstructures
  • Understand how sintering aspects help optimization of related ceramic processes

Course Format

Sept. 3-5 and 10-12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon ET | 9 hours of instruction | Virtually via Zoom

Need to miss a session? All sessions will be recorded, so you can still take the course using the recordings for a brief time period after the course ends. This course is not available for On-Demand access.

Instructor Bio

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Ricardo Castro is chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in Lehigh University's P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. Castro holds a B.Sc. in molecular sciences and a Ph.D. in metallurgical and materials engineering from the University of São Paulo in Brazil. He has received several national and international awards, including the NSF CA-REER Award, DOE Early Career Program Award, the Young Investigator Award from the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SHPE), the Sosman Award by the Calorimetry Conference, the Robert L. Coble Award from the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), among others.

He is a fellow of ACerS, Principal Editor for the Journal of Materials Research, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Ceramic Engineering and Science published by ACerS/Wiley. From 2018 to 2021, Castro served as the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies for the UCDavis College of Engineering. Castro's role was to stimulate the development, coordination, and overall advancement of the engineering graduate and research programs.

Registration Rates

Nonmember: $850 • Member: $750 • Student: $575

Customized training

Looking for training customized to your company? Do you want a course taught privately to your employees? Call Customer Service at 614-890-4700 for details, or contact Marcus Fish to learn about training benefits for our Corporate Partners.

*Employees of ACerS Corporate Partners receive the discounted Individual Member rate. Sapphire Corporate Partners receive an additional 20% discount; Diamond Corporate Partners receive an additional 30% discount. Please contact Customer Service or 614-890-4700 to register employees at the discounted Corporate Partner rates.

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