As part of 110th Anniversary Celebration, ACerS has identified the organization’s 11 best published papers to commemorate the past 11 decades of continuous operation. The following list is organized by year published.

11 best papers

B. E. Warren, “X-Ray Determination of the Structure of Glass,” J. Amer. Cer. Soc., 17 (12) 249-254 (1934).

W. D. Kingery, “Factors Affecting Thermal Stress Resistance of Ceramic Materials,” J. Amer. Cer. Soc., 38 (1) 3-15 (1955).

S. M. Wiederhorn, L. H. Bolz, “Stress Corrosion and Static Fatigue of Glass,” J. Amer. Cer. Soc., 53 (10) 543-548 (1970).

G. Anstis, P. Chantikul, B. Lawn, D. B. Marshall, “A Critical-Evaluation of Indentation Techniques for Measuring Fracture-Toughness .1. Direct Crack Measurements Materials,” J. Amer. Cer. Soc., 64 (9) 533-538 (1981).

D. R. Clarke, “On the Equilibrium Thickness of Intergranular Glass Phases in Ceramic Materials,” J. Amer. Cer. Soc., 70 (1) 15-22 (1987).

F. F. Lange, “Powder Processing Science and Technology for Increased Reliability,” J. Amer. Cer. Soc., 72 (1) 3-15 (1989).

K. E. Spear, “Diamond Ceramic Coating of the Future,” J. Amer. Cer. Soc., 72 (2) 171-191 (1989).

A. G. Evans, “Perspective on the Development of High-Toughness Ceramics,” J. Amer. Cer. Soc., 73 (2) 187-206 (1990).

P. F. Becher, “Microstructural Design of Toughened Ceramics,” J. Amer. Cer. Soc., 74 (2) 255-269 (1991).

L. L. Hench, “Bioceramics - From Concept to Clinic,” J. Amer. Cer. Soc., 74 (7) 1487-1510 (1991).

N. S. Jacobson, “Corrosion of Silicon-Based Ceramics in Combustion Environments,” J. Amer. Cer. Soc., 76 (1) 3-28 (1993).


Decision process

A total of 171 papers from Journal of the American Ceramic Society and International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology were considered in the selection process. These papers were published in the period of 1925 to 2007 and were written by authors throughout the world. Papers considered included original contributions, reviews, and overviews covering topics ranging from alumina to zirconia.

To identify the best papers, ACerS requested nominations from the entire membership and received a total of 42 (with 4 papers being nominated more than once). In addition, ACerS included the 100 top-cited ACerS papers according to the ISI’s Citation Index and the 40 top-downloaded papers for consideration. Some top-cited and top-downloaded papers were also nominated by the membership.

The ACerS 11 Best Papers Evaluation Team each read and rated approximately 15 papers on the following criteria: science/creativity, citation, broad impact within the ceramics/glass discipline and overall impact outside the ceramics/glass discipline. The ACerS 11 Best Papers Core Team then evaluated the Top 25 rated papers and selected the Top 11 papers.

Evaluation team

  • Dr. Sheikh Akbar, The Ohio State University, OH, USA
  • Dr. Richard Brook, University of Oxford, UK
  • Dr. Yet-Ming Chiang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA
  • Dr. Carol M. Jantzen, Savannah River National Laboratory, SC, USA
  • Dr. Lisa C. Klein, Rutgers University, NJ, USA
  • Dr. Waltraud (Trudy) Kriven, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
  • Dr. Hua-Tay Lin, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN, USA
  • Dr. Gregory S. Rohrer, Carnegie Mellon University, PA, USA
  • Dr. James L. Smialek, Glenn Research Center, NASA, OH, USA
  • Dr. Robert L. Snyder, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA, USA
  • Dr. Harrie J. Stevens, Alfred University, NY, NSA
  • Dr. Dongming Zhu, Glenn Research Center, NASA, OH, USA

Core team

  • S. K. Sundaram, Chair
  • L. David Pye
  • Katherine T. Faber
  • John A. Kaniuk
  • Scott M. Steen

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