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.

2023 Germany Chapter Officers:

Chair: Ziyaad Aytuna

Vice Chair: Anna Kathrin Schmidt-Verma

Secretary: Sumiya Iqbal

Treasurer: Ruth Adam

D&I Representative: Kruti Halankar

Contact any of the officers listed above to learn more about the Germany Chapter of ACerS!

XVIII Conference of the European Ceramic Society

To share the latest discoveries in ceramic science and technology and reconnect with colleagues from around the world, our group members participated in ECerS conference July 2-6, 2023, in Lyon, France. As professor at the University of Cologne and ACerS president, Prof. Sanjay Mathur and Dr. Francis Cambier were the chairs of ACerS-ECerS joint symposium which Prof, Mathur also presented his research results. Also, our group members Niusha Heshmati, David Patrun, and Ziyaad Aytuna presented a poster and oral presentation in interestingly diverse fields including solar cells, batteries, and high entropy oxides.

In addition, it was a great chance to meet other European chapter members in a separate meeting on 3rd of July and pave the way for more interactive collaborations.

ACerS Dialogue: Material challenges for a sustainable future- an African perspective

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) organized a successful online workshop, gathering 120+ participants worldwide. The workshop aimed to initiate an Acers-Africa dialogue and promote ACerS activities in Africa. Attendees shared experiences from ACerS chapters, discussing their professional benefits and potential application in Africa. The event identified opportunities for collaboration between ACerS and African partners, focusing on knowledge transfer and research initiatives. This workshop facilitated mutual growth and advancement in ceramic sciences across continents.

Germany Chapter to host a Webinar on July 28, 2023

The ACerS Germany Chapter in Cologne invites you to a special online workshop on July 28, 2023 (2 pm – 6pm Berlin time). To register, see the QR code below.

Italy, Germany and Spain Chapters held joint Networking Event at ECERS conference 

The Italy, Germany and Spain Chapters held a networking event, ‘ACerS@ECERS‘, during the XVIIIth Conference of the European Ceramic Society (ECERS), in Lyon, France on July 3, 2023. The event consisted of a pre-dinner aperitif in the Parc de la Tête d’Or. Members of Italy, Germany and Spain ACerS Chapters attending the same ECERS conference were able to socialize, network and plan future events together.

June 2023 – ACerS Germany Chapter hosts guest speakers

On June 2, 2023, the Germany Chapter organized a lecture at the Inorganic Chemistry Department, which featured an interactive student talk and a presentation by Prof. Han-Bo-Ram Lee from Incheon National University, South-Korea. The event aimed to provide students and researchers with insights into Professor Lee’s research on atomic layer deposition (ALD) and its applications in semiconductor technology.

Prof. Lee delivered an enlightening lecture. He is a renowned expert in the field and has made significant contributions to the understanding and control of surface chemistry and reactions, with a particular focus on ALD, area selective deposition (ASD), and atomic layer modulation (ALM). The lecture provided valuable insights into his research on surface chemistry and ALD, focusing on precursor inhibitors and their applications in nanofabrication. The theoretical calculations using DFT and Monte Carlo simulation have proven instrumental in understanding the chemical and physical interactions involved. The lecture not only expanded the audience’s knowledge but also highlighted the exciting advancements and future prospects in the field.

 On June 5, 2023, the Germany Chapter organized a lecture at the Inorganic Chemistry Department, featuring an interactive student talk followed by a presentation by Dr. Dominique Agustin. The event aimed to provide students and researchers with insights into Dr. Agustin’s research on the valorization of biomass using metal oxide-based catalysts and sustainable chemistry practices.

Dr. Dominique Agustin delivered an informative talk on the research strategies employed in Castres for the valorization of biomass using metal oxide-based catalysts. His lecture provided an overview of the research strategies employed in Castres for the valorization of biomass using metal oxide-based catalysts. The talk covered various aspects, starting from the synthesis of metal complexes and mixed metal oxides to their utilization as catalysts. Dr. Agustin emphasized the role of density functional theory (DFT) studies in understanding catalytic cycles and the development of greener processes. The development of strategies to reduce the use of fossil-based chemicals is of utmost importance in addressing the depletion of cheap petroleum and promoting sustainable practices in the chemical industry. Dr. Agustin’s lecture offered valuable insights into the potential development of eco-logical processes with promising economic prospects. By exploring the valorization of biomass and the utilization of metal oxide-based catalysts, the lecture shed light on pathways to create sustainable and economically viable chemical processes.

On June 21, 2023, the Germany Chapter organized a highly anticipated lecture at the Inorganic Chemistry Department, featuring Professor Pulickel M. Ajayan, a distinguished pioneer in the field of nanotechnology. The event aimed to provide valuable insights into the materials science of 2D atomic layers and their hybrid architectures.

Professor Ajayan delivered an engaging and informative lecture. The lecture revolved around the exciting and ever-expanding field of 2D materials. Professor Ajayan’s talk focused on the materials science of 2D atomic layers and their hybrid architectures. He highlighted the significant interest in discovering, exploring, and demonstrating the unique properties and applications of these materials, a trend that 

Following the lecture, an interactive student talk was held, allowing students to engage directly with Professor Ajayan. This session provided a unique opportunity for students to ask questions and seek further clarification on the topics discussed during the lecture. To foster a relaxed and informal atmosphere, the session was held in the evening, and students had the opportunity to enjoy beer while engaging in scientific discourse.

May 2023 – ACerS Germany Chapter hosts guest speakers

This month, the Germany Chapter of ACerS hosted two esteemed international researchers from Brazil and India as part of their collaborative activities between ACerS and the Materials Research Society (MRS).

At the beginning of this month, Dr. Ribeiro, a senior researcher at Embrapa Instrumentation in Brazil, delivered a presentation on strategies aimed at mitigating environmental impact through the conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) into valuable chemicals. His research primarily focuses on the development of technologies that can effectively reduce the atmospheric emissions of these two prominent greenhouse gases, which possess the highest potential for inducing global warming. Such endeavours are crucial for fostering a sustainable future.

The second guest, Dr. rer. nat. Ravi Kumar N.V., serves as the head of the Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras. He presented his research group’s work on Single Crystal Elastic Constants (SECs). SECs play a fundamental role in comprehending the deformation behaviour of materials and determining the elastic resistance of single crystals to external forces. Dr. Ravi Kumar, in collaboration with his students, devised a technique employing X-ray diffraction measurements to determine SECs during the three-dimensional deformation of metals.