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ACerS Refractory Ceramics Division

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The Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society examines the science, production and application of ceramics for use at elevated temperatures and in other hostile environments. Members are involved in materials development, formulation, production, and engineering of refractories for the iron, steel, aluminum, and other nonferrous metal industries as well as the minerals processing, glass, cement, and petrochemical industries.




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The ACerS St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division had a great joint meeting in St. Louis, March 26-27, 2014.  Read a recap and see from photos from the meeting here. The topic for the 2015 meeting, which will be held March 25-26, 2015, is “Refractories as Engineered Ceramics.” 


MS&T’14: Materials Science & Technology Conference and Exhibition, combined with ACerS 116th Annual Meeting
October 12-16, 2014, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


All ACerS Meetings

Division Leadership  


Ben Markel

Resco Products


Jens Decker

Stellar Materials



Josh Pelletier

Kerneos, Inc. 




The member companies of The Refractories Institute have an excellent academic scholarship program for the 2014-2015 academic year to support qualified students enrolled in degree programs who have exhibited an interest in refractory manufacturing through their course work or other activities, and who might be considering a career in the refractory industry. To be considered, interested individuals must submit a letter of application by March 14, 2014. Learn more today.


Alfred W. Allen Award

This biennial award was established to honor Alfred W. Allen’s legacy as an educator, technical contributor and supporter of the Refractory Ceramics Division. The award committee shall select as the biennial award recipient, from the technical literature of the last two years, the author(s) of the technical paper on refractory ceramics which reflects the highest level of technical quality.
Allen Award Recipients


Refractories Applications and News – a bimonthly publication, RAN, covers the latest advances in raw materials, finished products, installation and research.


The Refractories Institute – Promoting the interests of the refractories community, providing service and support to a vital industry.


refractories WORLDFORUM is the new technical and scientific journal for the entire refractories sector: production, application and further development of high temperature materials.  It addresses refractories professionals worldwide, i.e. in the production of refractories as well as in industries processing and consuming refractories, raw materials and additives, plant and machine suppliers.  refractories WORLDFORUM is published four times per year in English.

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