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Pan American Ceramics Congress and Ferroelectrics Meeting of Americas (PACC-FMAs 2024)


April 7, 2024 @ 5:00 pm CDT
April 11, 2024 @ 1:00 pm CDT
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Hilton Panama
Balboa Avenida Aquilino de la Guardia
Panama City, Panama
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The American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
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Abstracts Deadline: November 6, 2023

Meeting Description:

Ceramics and glass research, technology development, and commercialization have thrived in the Americas for many years, with developments accelerating rapidly. Contributions to design and engineering of these materials had led to widescale application in the energy, aerospace, healthcare, communication, infrastructure, transportation, environmental, and other industries. The contribution to improving conditions and solving problems throughout the world has been substantial.

In 2022, the first PACC conference was held jointly with the Ferroelectric Meeting of Americas (FMAs) to facilitate interactions in and among the countries of the Americas and to provide an insight into the work being done in these countries for others around the world. The 2024 PACC will also be jointly held with the FMAs.

The goal of this conference is to bring together a wide variety of experts from academia, industry, research institutes, and laboratories from around the world to discuss recent developments and technical challenges in the research, development, engineering, manufacturing, and applications of ceramic and glass materials. The congress will provide a collegial forum for information exchange on the current status and emerging trends in various technologies in the American continents (countries in South, Central, and North America). A critical goal of this conference is to foster collaborations between and among the various countries as well as with the rest of the world. A crucial part of this effort is to involve students at all levels and young researchers so that they have the contacts and experience to thrive professionally throughout the geographical region.

The technical program will consist of invited and contributed talks as well as poster sessions to allow for the wide dissemination and discussion of research and development. Plenary talks will showcase collaborations among research and development efforts in various countries. Opportunities for students and young professionals to meet with leaders in the ceramics and glass field will be provided. Education programs in various areas will be discussed, and examples of real career paths of professionals in the Americas will be presented to help all involved in the field explore new opportunities.

About the Ferroelectrics Meeting of Americas

The field of ferroelectrics, as well as related phenomena and novel electronic materials development, which introduced new cross-coupled effects like multiferroics and bioferroics to the scientific community, are beginning to integrate with emerging scientific areas around the world. Due to various factors, it is especially important to accelerate such communications to the scientific community in the developing countries of the Americas.

 To facilitate and accelerate our objectives, we brought together representatives from several Central and South American countries working in the areas of ferroelectrics and related materials research to organize a series of meetings called the Ferroelectric Meeting of Americas (FMAs). The meetings are planned to be held with regular frequency so researchers in this field can communicate and interact with each other, and develop cooperative and collaborative research programs in the Americas with other interested international partners.


The first FMAs was held in conjunction with the International Meeting on Ferroelectricity in San Antonio, Texas, in September 2017. In this context, we included ferroics-related research activities from the Americas and aimed to stimulate the research environment of ferroics-related collaborative research at various universities and institutes from the participating countries of the Americas.


The second FMAs was held jointly with the Pan American Ceramics Congress (PACC) in Panama City, Panama, in July 2022. It brought together researchers from academia, industry, and government laboratories to share their knowledge in the field and to present the development of novel applications of ferroelectricity in various interdisciplinary and cross-coupled research areas.


The 2024 FMAs is pleased to once again be held jointly with PACC in 2024 at the Hilton Panama, Panama. The conference program may include some special topical areas for interested participants. The peer-reviewed and accepted papers presented at the meeting will be published in a special volume of International Journal of Ferroelectrics.


Rajendra Bordia, Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina

Sylvia Johnson, ACerS Past President, sylviamjohnson@hotmail.com

Sanjay Mathur ACerS President, University of Cologne, Germany

FMAs Technical Program Chair

Amar Bhalla, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX, amar.bhalla@utsa.edu

Related organizational activities:
ArgentinaMarcelo Stachiotti
BrazilValdirlei Freitas
UEM, BrazilIvair A. Santos
UEM, BrazilL.F. Cotica
UFSC, Brazil, (science education and technology)Ducinei Garcia
UFU, BrazilJose S. Guerra
Colombia (smart and energy recovery novel materials)Ary Hoyas,
Colombia, (student leadership)Ximena Velasquez Moya
ColumbiaLondono Badillo
Costa RicaGian Guzman
MexicoJuan Munoz Saldana
PanamaEleicer Ching Prado
Puerto RicoRam Katiyar
USAAiping Chen
USAChonglin Chen
USAG. Srinivasan
USASteven Tidrow

The American Ceramic Society values diverse and inclusive participation within the field of ceramic science and engineering. ACerS strives to promote involvement and access to leadership opportunity regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, geographic location, career path or academic level.