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February 13th, 2009

Video(s) of the week: ACerS award lectures

Published on February 13th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The American Ceramic Society has now posted videos of four lectures presented last October as part of the Society’s annual meeting. Each of the lectures is approximately one-hour in length and presented in a “YouTube” level of quality to provide the most ease in viewing.

Each of the lectures is presented by a luminary in a particular field of ceramics who have already been recognized for their outstanding contributions to science, technology, engineering and society.

Hunting the Perovskite Range,” Harlan U. Anderson
(Arthur L. Friedberg Memorial Lecture)

Anderson is a Curators’ Professor of ceramic of engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo. His teaching, research interests and long term involvement in both insulating and conducting oxides have lead to him being recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on electronic ceramics, solid oxide fuel cells and oxygen separation membranes.

Sol-gel processing: A retrospective and perspective, ” C. Jeffrey Brinker
(Edward Orton Jr. Memorial Lecture)

Brinker is jointly employed at the Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico. He has been recognized nationally and internationally for his pioneering work in sol-gel processing – the formation of ceramic materials from molecular precursors. This early work launched the successful series of MRS symposia entitled “Better Ceramics Through Chemistry” and culminated in the publication of Sol-Gel Science (1990) with coauthor George Scherer (see below). Through the creative use of silane coupling chemistry, he devised a simple, inexpensive means to prepare aerogels, the world’s lightest solids, at room temperature and pressure.

Understanding Frost Damage ,” George W. Scherer
(Della Roy Lecture, on behalf of the Cements Division)

Scherer is a professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, and a member of the Princeton Materials Institute. His research involves mechanisms of deterioration of concrete and stone, particularly by crystallization of ice and salts in the pores.

Interfacial kinetic engineering:
How far have we come since Kingery’s inaugural Sosman address?
Martin P. Harmer
(Robert B. Sosman Award and Lecture on behalf of the Basic Science Division)

Harmer is the Alcoa Professor of materials science and engineering and the director of the Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa. His research has focused on the control of interfacial transport processes and microstructure in structural and electronic ceramics


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