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ACerS Cements Awards

Brunauer Best Paper Award

This award is presented for the best scientific paper on the topic of cement and concrete published by ACerS during the previous year.

         2017 Winning paper: An Ideal Solid Solution Model for C–S–H,
Journal of the American Ceramic Society; 99 [12] 4137–4145 (2016)
         by Jeffrey W. Bullard and George W. Scherer     

         2016 Winning paper: Soft X-ray Ptychographic Imaging and Morphological Quantification
of Calcium Silicate Hydrates (C–S–H)

         Journal of the American Ceramic Society; 98(12) 4090–4095 (2015)

by Sungchul Bae, Rae Taylor, David Shapiro, Peter Denes, John Joseph, Rich
Celestre, Stefano Marchesini, Howard Padmore, Tolek Tyliszczak, Tony Warwick,
David Kilcoyne, Pierre Levitz and Paulo J. M. Monteiro

2015 Winning Paper: “An Application of Computer-Aided Molecular Design (CAMD) Using the Signature Molecular Descriptor”

Part 1. “Identification of Surface Tension Reducing Agents and the Search for Shrinkage Reducing Admixtures”

Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 97 (2) 365-377 (2014)

by Hamed M. Kayello; Naresh K. R. Tadisina; Natalia Shlonimskaya; Joseph J. Biernacki; Donald P. Visco Jr.

Part 2. “Evaluating Newly Identified Suface Tension-Reducing Substances for Potential Use as Shrinkage-Reducing Admixtures”

Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 97 (2) 378-385 (2014)

by Natalia Shlonimskaya; Joseph J. Biernacki; Hamed M. Kayello; Donald P. Visco Jr.

2013 Winning Paper: “The Instantaneous Apparent Activation Energy of Cement Hydration Measured Using a Novel Calorimetry-Based Method”

Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 95 (10) 3291-3296 (2012)

2011 Winning Paper: “New Insights into the Effect of Calcium Hydroxide Precipitation on the Kinetics of Tricalcium Silicate Hydration”

Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 93 (7) 1894-1903 (2010)

by Jeffrey W. Bullard and Robert J. Flatt

2010 Winning Paper: “First-Principles Study of Elastic Constants and Interlayer Interactions of Complex Hydrated Oxides: Case Study of Tobermorite and Jennite”
Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 92 (10) 2323-2330(2009)
by Rouzbeh Shahsavari, Markus J. Buehler, Roland J.-M. Pellenq, and Franz-Josef Ulm

L.E. Copeland Award
This award recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to the development and understanding of cement and concrete science. Presentation of this award is considered whenever the Copeland Award Committee feels that there is a suitable candidate. 

Della Roy Lecture and Award

The Della Roy lecturer is selected each year by the division executive committee. The recipient does not need to be a member of the Cements Division or the Society at large.

  2018 Della Roy Lecturer:

Jan Olek, Purdue University

Lecture title and link:  Green concrete – the past, the present and the future

 2017 Della Roy Lecturer: 

Paulo Monteiro, University of California, Berkeley

Lecture title and link:  “Characterization of Cementitious Materials Using X-Ray Synchrotron     Radiation:  What we know, what we don’t know, and what we want to know”

2016 Della Roy Lecturer:

Joe Biernacki, Tennessee Technological University

Lecture title: “What do artificial intelligence, synthetic life-chemistry and nuclear fusion have to do with cement? (a vision for things to come)”

2015 Della Roy Lecturer:

Hamlin Jennings, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Jennings died the week before he was to give the Della Roy Lecture. His colleagues put together this video tribute recognizing the many contribution of Hamlin Jennings and showed it at the Cements meeting held at Kansas State University in July 2015.

2014 Della Roy Lecturer:

Ellis Gartner, scientific director (chemistry), Lafarge Central Research, France

Lecture title: 40 Years a Cement Scientist – Can this be Sustainable?

 2013 Della Roy Lecturer:

Leslie J. Struble, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lecture title: Calcium in Geopolymers

2012 Della Roy Lecturer: 

Edward Garboczi, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Lecture title: The Computational Materials Science of Concrete: Past – Present – Future

2011 Della Roy Lecturer:

Karen Scivener, Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Construction Materials at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland).

Lecture title: Modelling Hydration Kinetics of Cementitious Systems


 2018 Student Poster Winners:    

Yu Song, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Karthik Pattaje S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Kai Gong, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Nanaissa Maiga, Center for Excellence in Airport Technology, Urbana, IL

Juan Pablo Gevaudan, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO

2018 YouTube Contest Winners:        

Sooraj Kumar; Arizona State University


Samet Bazer; Pennsylvania State University