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Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories (UNITECR 2022) 17th Biennial Worldwide Congress on Refractories


March 15 @ 8:00 am CDT
March 18 @ 5:30 pm CDT
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Hilton Chicago
Chicago, IL United States + Google Map




After much deliberation, we have decided to postpone UNITECR 2021 from September 14–17, 2021 to March 15–18, 2022. The conference will remain at the Hilton Chicago hotel in Chicago, Illinois, USA.  NOTE: All abstracts submitted will be carried over to the 2022 date unless you contact us to withdraw the abstract.

The Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories (UNITECR) is a biennial international conference that contributes to the progress and exchange of industrial knowledge and technologies concerning refractories. Refractory organizations from around the world will collaborate on the biennial conference, now planned for March 15–18, 2022, with a theme of “Refractories as a Global Industry.”

The NEW deadline for peer-reviewed submissions to International Journal of Ceramic Engineering and Science is November 15, 2021.

NEW Deadline for the paper proceedings will be December 1, 2021. Manuscripts received after that date will not be considered.

The official language of UNITECR 2022 is English.

Technical Program Chair

Dr. James Hemrick
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Telephone:  (865) 776-0758
E-Mail: UNITECR2021@ceramics.org

Program co-organizers
Steven Ashlock, Virginia Kyanite
Rakesh Dhaka, U.S. Steel
Scot Graddick, Imerys
Ashley Hampton, RHI Magnesita
Bill Headrick, RHI Magnesita
Dawn Hill, Exertech LLC
Matt Lambert, Allied Mineral Company
Manoj Mahapatra, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Angela Rodrigues-Schroer, Wahl Refractories
Kelley Wilkerson, Missouri S&T
UNITECR 2022 Officers

Tom Vert, President
James Hemrick, Technical Program Chair
North American IEB, Treasurer
Matt Lambert, Josh Pelletier, Nancy Bunt, Social Program Chairs

Founding Members

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
German Refractory Association (GRA)
Asociacion Latinoamericana de Fabricantes de Refractarios (ALAFAR)
The Technical Association of Refractories, Japan (TARJ)

Principal Members

Chinese Ceramic Society (CCS)
Indian Refractories Makers Association (IRMA)
Federation Europeenne des Fabricants de Produits Refractaires (PRE)

North American UNITECR Committee
Duane DeBastianiVesuvius
Jose MartinAllied Mineral Products
James HemrickOak Ridge National Laboratory
Ashley HamptonRHI Magnesita

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.