Sintering of Ceramics


October 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

Instructor: Ricardo Castro, University of California, Davis

Engineers and scientists in industry, national laboratories, and academia involved in the research, development, and production of ceramics, as well as professionals interested in continuing education in this area are encouraged to attend this course.

Course Description

Sintering is a ubiquitous processing step for manufacturing ceramics for a diverse set of applications. While commonly related to powder processing of ceramic parts, its important roles in other processes, such as additive manufacturing, nanotechnology, and thin films, are less commonly discussed.

This six-day online course will cover the principles and practices in sintering, giving the students sufficient background to be able to:

  • perform sintering of powders to achieve specified target microstructures
  • understand the difficulties encountered in practical powder sintering
  • take practical steps to rectify the problems encountered in producing required target microstructures
  • understand how sintering aspects help optimization of related ceramic processes

Course Instructor


Ricardo Castro is a professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He is the head of the Nanoceramics Thermochemistry Laboratory, which is dedicated to providing fundamental understanding of ceramic nanomaterials and their behavior during sintering and operation at extreme environments, such as high temperatures and irradiation. Castro’s research has led to significant advancement on fundamental understanding of densification processes and sintering control, conferring him the Robert L. Coble Award by The American Ceramic Society and the Global Young Investigator Award by its Engineering Ceramics Division, among other important national and international awards.


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RegistrationOn or before September 14, 2020After September 14, 2020
Non member$750$850
Student (member or non member)$475$575

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Cancellation Policy

ACerS reserves the right to cancel a course up to 4 weeks before the scheduled presentation date. Please contact ACerS customer service at 1-866-721-3322 (U.S. only) or 1-614-890-4700 to confirm that the course is happening.