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Published on October 9th, 2013 | By: Jim Destefani


(Almost) last call for Montreal!

Published on October 9th, 2013 | By: Jim Destefani

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Time is running out to register and book your trip to MS&T’13, slated for Montréal, Quebec, Oct. 27-31.


If you’re still casting about for reasons to attend the event, look no further than ACerS’ lineup of award lectures. Topics run the gamut from the role of bioceramics in making healthcare more affordable to reports on the state of frontier materials technologies.


Kicking off the lecture series at 5 p.m. Sunday Oct. 27 will be Larry Hench, inventor of 45S5 Bioglass, the world’s first bioactive material. As this year’s ACerS Frontiers of Science and Society: Rustum Roy lecturer, Hench will deliver a talk entitled “Affordable healthcare? Role of bio-ceramic technology, socio-economic, and ethical issues.”


Monday Oct. 28 brings the ACerS Cooper Session, featuring Distinguished Lecturer Alexandra Navrotsky of the University of California, Davis. Navrotsky’s lecture is entitled “New frontiers in the thermochemistry of glassy, amorphous, and nanoscale materials.” (The photo above shows part of the standing-room-only crowd at last year’s Cooper lecture. Credit: ACerS.)


Also on Monday is the ACerS Richard M. Fulrath Session, which honors researchers both for excellence in ceramics research and for promoting personal and technical friendships among Japanese and American scientists. The session kicks off at 2 p.m. and features five talks:

  • Yuji Noguchi, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo, Japan, “Defect engineering for perovskite oxide ferroelectric single crystals;”
  • Yuji Kintaka, Murata Mfg. Corp. Ltd., “Development of transparent ceramics for optical lenses;”
  • Michael Halbig of NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, “Integration challenges in silicon carbide-based fuel injectors;”
  • Jun Tsutsumi of Taiyo Yuden Co. Ltd., Akashi, Japan, “Research & development of low-loss, high-linearity and high-isolation RF acoustic duplexers based on innovative resonator and circuit design in piezoelectric materials;” and
  • Pelagia-Irene (Perena) Gouma, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, “Nanoceramic polymorphs for selective chemosensors and diagnostic breathalyzers.”

At 8 a.m. Tuesday Oct. 29, Greg E. Hilmas of the Missouri University of Science and Technology will present the ACerS Arthur L. Friedberg Memorial Lecture. His topic, “Engineered structural ceramic materials: Novel methods for increasing toughness, wear resistance and thermal shock,” is sure to be of interest to many attendees.


Tuesday afternoon brings the ACerS Edward Orton Jr. Memorial Lecture, scheduled for 1–2 p.m. Sheldon M. Wiederhorn, who helped pioneer application of fracture mechanics techniques to study ceramic materials at the National Institute of Standards & Technology, will explore the topic of “Griffith cracks at the nanoscale.”


Last but certainly not least, Wednesday Oct. 30 brings the ACerS Robert B. Sosman Lecture at 1 p.m. Speaker Nava Setter of Ecole Polytechnic Fédérale De Lausanne, Switzerland, will discuss “Structure and functions of ferroic domain walls.”


Add all the other technical sessions, networking opportunities, technology suppliers, and other activities that a conference of this magnitude brings, and MS&T’13 is an event you won’t want to miss. For more information or to register, visit the MS&T website.

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