The Germany Chapter of The American Ceramic Society serves ACerS members in or near the cities of Cologne, Bonn, Aachen, Dusseldorf, and Dortmund for the purpose of promoting the arts and sciences connected with ceramics and glass science and engineering.  Events such as workshops, industrial showcases, and seminars are planned to enhance and facilitate the interaction, technical discussions, and potential collaborations between ACerS members in Germany.

The Chapter is headquartered in Cologne, North-Rhine Westphalia.

Germany Chapter Officers:

Chair: Ziyaad Aytuna, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Cologne

Vice Chair: Anna Verma, University of Cologne

Secretary: Sumiya Iqbal, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Cologne

Treasurer: Ruth Adam, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Cologne

DEI Officer: Kruti Halankar, University of Cologne

If you would like to contact any of the Germany Chapter officers, visit the ACerS online membership directory for contact details. You must be a member to access the directory. Or, you may contact Vicki Evans at for assistance.

ACerS Germany Chapter co-organizes Biomaterials Workshop

The ACerS Germany International Chapter co-organized BIODENT, a biomaterials workshop, with the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC), held at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany,  February 13-15, 2023.  The workshop was coordinated by Prof. Bikramjit Basu and Prof. Aldo Boccacini.

The workshop was very well attended and offered the young professionals a good scientific networking opportunity.  Several of the Germany Chapter members have actively contributed including five participants from Cologne.

Three best oral presentation awards were sponsored by the ACerS Germany Chapter:

First place: Richard Frank Richter, TU Dresden, Germany; Title: Calcium phosphate cement and mesoporous bioactive glass as a 3D printable composite for the treatment of critical alveolar bone defects

Second place: Deepa Mishra, IIS Bangalore, India; Title: Unravelling impact of hybrid threaded zirconia implant on biomechanical response in peri-prosthetic bone: An in silico model

Third place: Berfu Göksel, KU Leuven, Belgium; Title: Production of high-density monolithic alumina toughened zirconia parts with material extrusion for dental implant applications

Pictured below: Winners of Young Researchers' session (with their certificates) left to right: Richard Frank Richter, Berfu Göksel, Deepa Mishra with IGSTC organizers and panel members.

Congratulations to these young researchers!

Indo_German BIODENT presentation winners

ACerS Germany Chapter and Northern California Section co-hosted webinar, Science and Art of Glass on December 13, 2022

Members of the Northern California Section and the Germany Chapter enjoyed presentations from German glass artist Joach Ittig and Northern California glass artist Mark Abildgaard on December 13, 2022.

The presentations can be viewed at this link.




Mark Mecklenborg met with members of the ACerS Germany Chapter on July 9, 2022. The chapter enjoyed a wine tour in Ahrtal, Germany.

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The ACerS Germany Chapter organized the University of Cologne- German University in Cairo Joint Workshop on Ceramics in Nano-bio in Cologne Germany on July 7, 2022


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The Germany Chapter participated in the Trilateral Indian-German-Korean (InGeKo) Workshop on June 24, 2022 in Cologne, Germany.

Germany Chapter hosted Sustainability Workshop: "Building global partnerships for sustainable development"

October 29, 2021

The Germany Chapter hosted the virtual 5th International Sustainability Workshop, “Building global partnerships for sustainable development” on October 29, 2021. Organized with the cooperation of the International Office of University of Cologne, Dr. Susanne Preuschoff and Dr. Thilo Zimmermann reiterated their efforts and support for global cooperation around the world to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). Visit this link for the complete summary.

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ACerS Germany Chapter co-hosts 4th Sustainability Workshop: Sustainability in Science Education on July 30

On July 30, the ACerS Germany Chapter brought together scientists and students to discuss possible strategies and actions regarding the motto: "Sustainable Education- Educate Sustainability". For more photos and a full report, visit this link.

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ACerS Germany Chapter co-hosts 3rd International Sustainability Workshop focused on Gender Equality

The ACerS Germany Chapter and the Materials Research Society (MRS) International Chapter at the University of Cologne co-hosted the “3rd International Sustainability Workshop focused on Gender Equality” on March 5, 1–3 p.m. CET. During this free event, women from different areas shared their experiences and gave an insight into women in science. 

Click here for more information.

Frontiers in Advanced Ceramics, December 4, 2020

The Acers Germany Chapter and the Rhine Ceramic Chapter Germany hosted the 3rd International Rhine Round Table on "Frontiers in Advanced Ceramics" on December 4, 2020.

This virtual meeting was the third instalment of the Rhine Round Table discussion series, jointly organized by University of Cologne and TU Darmstadt. The panel discussed the benefits of joining a professional society.

Led by Sanjay Mathur, panelists included: Alexander Michaelis, DKG president; Dana Goski, ACerS president; Eva Hemmer, MRS student engagement/ACerS board member; Jon Binner, ECerS president; Martina Zimmermann, DMG vice president; Mark Mecklenborg, ACerS executive director; Moritz von Witzleben, JECS-Trust president; and Todd M. Osman, MRS executive director.

The panel can be watched at this link.  Thank you to all who participated in this valuable program.

Highlight Symposium: Frontiers in Advanced Functional Materials at the MSE 2020, September 22-25, 2020

The ACerS Germany Chapter in cooperation with the German Materials Society organized the international Highlight Symposium, September 22-25, 2020. Experts working on the synthesis, processing and device integration of functional materials collaborated to provide sustainable solutions for applications in energy, environment and health sectors. Functional nanomaterials with intrinsically tailored properties and new paradigms in processing were the focus of the symposium.

The symposium symbolizes the spirit of the ACerS Germany Chapter to promote the engagement of young scientists in community activities and also to enhance inter-society (DGM and ACerS) collaborative efforts.

Symposium: Frontiers on Mahatma Gandhi, August 21, 2020

To celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of the Mahatma, a symposium was organized jointly by the American Ceramic Society Germany Chapter and the Materials Research Society International Chapter in collaboration with the SIDDHI initiative of IIT Madras as part of the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC). The webinar conducted by Shri. Birad Raja Ram Yajnik, Founder and Director of Mahatma Gandhi digital museum, Hyderabad, India. There were approximately 250 participants.