[Image above] The poster session offered conference attendees the opportunity to learn about others’ research. Credit: Vojislav Mitic

If your research focus is advanced ceramics, mark your calendar for the Advanced Ceramics and Applications (ACA) VI conference in Belgrade, Serbia, on September 18–20, 2017, organized by The Serbian Ceramic Society—a conference that promises to be bigger and better than previous conferences.

New for this year is the Selection of Papers—a compilation of selected research from the most recent ACA conference. In addition, as part of the Springer Series in Materials Science, information gathered from past ACA conferences will be included in Springer’s Scientific Status Reports—an effort to bring the latest developments in different fields of ceramic science to a broader audience. 

Last year researchers, engineers, and Ph.D. students gathered in Belgrade, Serbia, for the Serbian Ceramic Society’s Advanced Ceramics and Applications V: New Frontiers in Multifunctional Material Science and Processing, held September 21–23, 2016, at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade.

Vojislav Mitic, professor and scientific adviser at the Institute of Technical Sciences of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, reports that more than 130 scientists from all over the world attended the conference, representing countries such as the U.K., Japan, Germany, Switzerland, the U.S., the Netherlands, South Africa, and more.

Feroz Alam Khan, group leader of the ISP supported research group in the development of magnetic materials at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, was one of the plenary speakers. Credit: Vojislav Mitic

Topics covered basic ceramic science, nanostructural bio- and opto-ceramics materials and nanotechnologies, magnetic and amorphous materials, multifunctional materials, construction materials, eco-ceramics, composite materials, artistic ceramics and design, archeologic heritage, and sintering.

Attendees listened to leading scientists and researchers speak on specific topics like novel graphene and graphene-like 2-D materials synthesis, modelling of weakly coupled nanoparticles, bioelectrochemical harvesting of greenhouse gases, environmental forensic concepts and contemporary challenges, and more.

Zeger Karssen (standing) of Atlantis Press moderates a roundtable of speakers, including Aleksandra Milutinovic Nikolic (left) and Marcel Van de Voorde (right). Credit: Vojislav Mitic

The second and third day of the conference concluded with roundtable discussions and poster sessions, where participants shared and discussed their research visually represented in a poster.

“In addition to the latest contributions in the field of development and application of novel ceramic materials, the conference included strong contributions in the fields of archaeology, heritage, and broader social impact of ceramic materials,” Mitic reports in an email. “Particular focus was on use of new ceramic materials in energy technologies and environmental protection and remediation.”

Mitic says a number of regional and local companies as well as the government of the Republic of Serbia supported the conference.

The Serbian Ceramic Society organized the conference in conjunction with the Institute for Testing of Materials, Institute of Chemistry Technology and Metallurgy, Institute for Technology of Nuclear and Other Raw Mineral Materials, Institute for Technical Sciences of the SASA, and the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of Applied Studies.