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ICACC’12 Award & Plenary Speakers


David B. Marshal

Mueller Award
David B. Marshall, Principal Scientist
Teledyne Scientific Company, USA

Title: “Ceramic Composites for High Temperature Aerospace Structures and Propulsion Systems”


Biography: Marshall received his BSc in 1971, and his PhD in 1975 in Physics from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Before joining Rockwell Science Center (now Teledyne Scientific Co.) in 1983, he held research positions at the University of New South Wales, Australia and at the University of California, Berkeley. His research background includes strengthening, toughening and reliability of advanced materials, especially fiber reinforced composites and structural ceramics.


Alexander Michaelis

Bridge Building Award

Alexander Michaelis, Director
Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technology & Systems, Germany

Title: “Ceramics for Innovative Energy and Storage Systems”


Biography: Michaelis studied physics at Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf. He earned his Ph.D. in electrochemistry. He spent one year as a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1996, he changed towards industry and took a position as a process integration engineer at Siemens AG working in the field of microelectronics. He was delegated to the DRAM Development Alliance in East Fishkill, New York. After four years he returned to Germany and changed to Bayer AG in Leverkusen and then to the Bayer subsidiary H.C. Starck GmbH, where he was head of the departments Electroceramics and New Business Development.


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Plenary Speaker

Yoshio Ukyo, Senior Fellow
Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc.

Title: “Advanced Battery Materials and Technologies for Next Generation Automobiles: Beyond Li-ion Batteries”


Biography: Ukyo is a Senior Fellow at the Toyota Central Research & Development Laboratories Inc., Japan. He received his B.S. degree in Metallurgy from Tokyo Institute of technology (TIT) in Tokyo, Japan, in 1976 and M.S. degree in Metallurgy from TIT in 1978. He received Doctor of Engineering in Metallurgy in 1981 from TIT. From 1982 to 1983, he spent his time in the School of Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Since 1984, he has been at Toyota Central Research & Development Laboratories Inc. His research interests are in materials development for electrochemical energy storage applications, which include lithium or lithium ion batteries for hybrid vehicles, and catalyst for automotive exhaust gas. He won the Excellent Paper Award from the Ceramics Society of Japan in 2004 for his work on catalyst materials. He has authored over 50 research publications and has more than 100 patents.



Jose A. Varela

Plenary Speaker

Jose A. Varela, Professor
Chemistry Institute, University of São Paulo State, Brazil

Title: “Overview of Brazilian Ceramics R&D Activities and Challenges in Design and Processing of Multifunctional Ceramic Materials and Systems”


Biography: Varela also directs the University Technological Transfer Office and the Laboratory of Advanced Ceramic Materials. His main research area is functional ceramics and thin films with special interest on varistors, gas sensors, dielectric and ferroelectric properties. He is author of over 500 publications and 10 patents and his work has been cited over 6,000 times (h-factor 34). He participated in several International Conferences as invited speaker and gave seminars at many prestigious institutions in USA and worldwide (Chile, Serbia, France, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Mexico). He has received several awards including the Epson de Oro of the Ceramic Society of Spain, the Scopus award of the Elsevier, and the São Paulo State Governor award of technological invention. He received his doctoral degree in Materials Science at the University of Washington (USA). He is a member of the World Academy of Ceramics (WAC) and currently serving in the Advisory Board as well as the President of Prize Committee. He is Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and currently serving as President of Brazilian Materials Research Society(MRS-Brazil).


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