ACerS Refractory Ceramics Division

Our Mission

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 metals industries as well as the minerals processing, glass, cement, and petrochemical industries.

Greater Missouri (St. Louis) Section/RCD 59th Annual Symposium: March 27-28 2024

The Greater Missouri Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society will sponsor the 59th Annual Symposium on Refractories on the theme “Unleashing Refractory Potential: Root Cause Analysis” on March 27-28, 2024, and a kickoff event will be held the evening of March 26, 2024. The meeting will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. Co-program chairs are Kenneth Andrew Domann of Rath Group and Brett Ervin of Imerys.

For more information and to register, click here.

Greater Missouri (St. Louis) Section invites exhibitors to the 2024 59th Annual Symposium on Refractories

The Greater Missouri section would like to invite vendors to participate in a tabletop exhibit for the 2024 59th Annual Symposium on Refractories. Details can be found here and the registration form can be found here.

RCD Student Grant to Attend the 2024 59th Annual Symposium on Refractories

The Refractory Ceramics Division is offering student grants to attend the 2024 59th Annual Symposium on Refractories. Details can be found here.

59th Annual St. Louis/RCD Symposium on Refractories

St. Louis, MO, USA
March 26-28, 2024



Curated list of recent journal articles of interest to the refractories industry.

View our 2023-2024 RCD Officers.

Review the RCD awards descriptions and awardees.

View the Division’s annual reports and rules governing the division.

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) values and seeks 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.

About RCD

Learn how RCD can help your research and career.  Download and share the RCD flyer summarizing the Division’s benefits, mission and focused meetings.

News and Resources

The St. Louis Section and the RCD are collecting and maintaining a list of all past St. Louis Meeting Symposia. Any information regarding the symposia in 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1971 would be greatly appreciated. Information can be sent to Marcus Fish at View the current list here.

Industry Resources

The Refractories Institute. A trade association promoting the interests of the refractories community, providing service and support to a vital industry.

refractories WORLDFORUM. A technical and scientific journal for the refractories sector: production, application, and development of high-temperature materials; industries processing and consuming refractories; raw materials and additives; plant and machine suppliers.

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. The American Ceramic Society serves as the secretariat for UNITECR. Click here to view the UNITECR bylaws. UNITECR 2022 was held in Chicago, IL, USA March 15–18, 2022. View proceedings from the meeting and other information here.