Symposium: High and Ultra High Temperature Ceramics

Scope of the Symposium:
A high-level global platform for scientists, engineers, business leaders and ceramists to discuss the latest innovations and scientific achievements in the High and Ultra High Temperature Ceramic field. Ideas and visions of the future for both conventional and new processing technologies, characterization, performance, modelling as well as applications will be shared.

Final Program

Abstracts on the following subjects may be submitted:

  • Materials Design, New Compositions and Composites
  • Improving Damage Tolerance, Oxidation and Thermal Shock Resistance
  • Structure Stability at High and Ultra High Temperatures
  • Processing-Microstructure-Property Relationships
  • Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) and UHTCMCs
  • Modelling and Simulations
  • Advanced and Novel Processing Methods

Symposium Organizers:

  • Chairman: William (Bill) E. Lee
    • Imperial College London – U.K.
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  • Chairman: Victor C. Pandolfelli
    • Federal University of São Carlos - Brazil
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  • Chairman: Jon Binner
    • University of Birmingham – U.K.
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  • Chairman: Christos Aneziris
    • Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg - Germany
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Final list of invited speakers who are members of the International and Local Advisory Board

  • International Advisory Board
    Andy Nieto – U.S. Army Research Laboratory –
    Andy Wynn – Morgan Advanced Ceramics – China -
    Bill Fahrenholtz - Missouri University of Science and Technology - U.S. -
    Carmen Baudin – Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, CSIC – Spain -
    Carolina Tallon - Virginia Tech - USA -
    Christopher Parr – Kerneos Aluminates – France -
    Davide Bigoni – University of Trento – Italy -
    Dietmar Koch - German Aerospace Center - Germany -
    Diletta Sciti - CNR - Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics – Italy -
    Donald Bray – Morgan Advanced Ceramics – U.S. -
    Doni J. Daniel – Kingston University London – U.K. –
    Erwan Gueguen – RHI-Magnesita Refractories– Germany -
    Eugenio Zapata-Solvas - Imperial College - U.K. -
    Francis Cambier - Belgian Ceramic Research Center - Belgium -
    Frédéric Roulet – Saint Gobain – France -
    Guo-Jun Zhang - Donghua University – China -
    Hua -Tay (H.T.) Lin – Guangdong University of Technology – China -
    Jon Binner – University of Birmingham – U.K. -
    Mark Huger – University of Limoges – France -
    Paschoal Bonadia – RHI-Magnesita Refractories – Brazil -
    Pavol Sajgalik - Slovak Academy of Sciences - Slovakia -
    Rahul Mitra – Indian Institute of Technology –
    Samuel Humphry-Baker - Imperial College - U.K. -
    Shaoming Dong - Shanghai Institute of Ceramics – China -
    Sido Sinnema – Tata Steel – Netherlands -
    Tatsuki Ohji - National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) - Japan -
    Markus Braun - Ruetgers – Germany -
    Yanchun Zhou – Aerospace Research Institute of Materials & Processing Technology - China -

  • Local Advisory Board
    Ana Paula da Luz – FAI – Petrobras – Brazil
    Analia Tomba Martinez – INTEMA – Argentina
    Eric Yoshimitsu Sako – Saint Gobain – Brazil
    José de Anchieta Rodrigues – UFSCar – DEMa
    Mariana A. L. Braulio – 4Cast Consulting – Brazil
    Pedro Ivo Pelissari – UFSCar – DEMa – Brazil
    Ricardo Afonso Angélico – Universidade de São Paulo – Brazil
    Rosa Maria Rocha – IEA – Instituto de Aeronáutica e Espaço – Brazil
    Sebastião Ribeiro – Universidade de São Paulo – Brazil
    Vânia Regina Salvini – FATEC – Brazil

Scientific Committee:

  • Bill Fahrenholtz – Editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society – Missouri University of Science and Technology – U.S.
  • Christos Aneziris – German Academy of Technical Science – Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg – Germany
  • Davide Bigoni – Editor of the Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures – University of Trento – Italy
  • Dietmar Koch – German Aerospace Center – Germany
  • Hua -Tay (H.T.) Lin – Editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology – Guangdong University of Technology – China
  • Jon Binner – Deputy Head of the Engineering & Physical Sciences College – University of Birmingham – U.K
  • Pavol Sajgalik – President of ECERS 2017 – Slovak Academy of Sciences – Slovakia
  • Peter Greil – Chair of the Institute of Glass and Ceramics – University of Erlangen-Nuernberg – Germany
  • Tatsuki Ohji – Director of the American Ceramic Society – National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) – Japan                                                                                         
  • Victor C. Pandolfelli – Editor-in-chief of Ceramics International – Federal University of São Carlos – Brazil
  • William (Bill) E. Lee – President of the American Ceramic Society – Imperial College London – U.K.


Organizers information:

Prof. W. E. (Bill) Lee
Bill is Professor of Ceramics in the Department of Materials and was until recently Director of the Centre for Nuclear Engineering and of the Nuclear Energy Centre for Doctoral Training at Imperial College London. His research interests include use of ceramics in extreme environments e.g. nuclear for fuels including Accident Tolerant Fuels and wasteforms, Ultra-high Temperature Ceramics in aerospace applications and for high emissivity refractory coatings. He has supervised 60 students to successful completion of their PhDs and published over 400 papers and 4 books on ceramics. He was from 2006 to 2010 Head of the Department of Materials at Imperial College London and is currently President of the American Ceramic Society.  
Prof. Victor C. Pandolfelli
Pandolfelli is a Full Professor at the Materials Engineering Department, Federal University of São Carlos, São Paulo state, Brazil, from which he received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Ceramics. He earned his Ph.D. from Leeds University (England) and spent a year as a visiting researcher at École Polytechnique in Montreal (Canada). Until May 2017, he has authored or co-authored 488 papers in journals, 239 in proceedings, 2 books (1 international) and holds 8 patents. During his career, he has received 14 international awards (Japan, Germany, USA and Italy) and 76 national awards and distinctions for his scientific and technological achievements. Pandolfelli is also a member of the Editorial Board of 12 scientific journals and Editor-in-chief of the Ceramics International. Since 2004 he has been the Latin-American coordinator and Member of the Board (2012 until the present) of F.I.R.E. (Federation for International Refractory Research and Education) joining 10 universities from different countries and 15 key refractory industries in the world. Pandolfelli is Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics (WAC), a Member of the Advisory Board of WAC, Academician of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and also National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and Member of the Technical Advisory Board of Morgan Advanced Ceramics – England. He is Guest Professor at Freiberg University in Germany and Wuhan University of Science and Technology (WUST) in China.
Prof. Jon Binner
Professor Jon Binner is the Deputy Head of the Engineering & Physical Sciences College, and Professor of Ceramic Science & Engineering in the School of Metallurgy and Materials, at the University of Birmingham. He took up both of these posts on the 1st January 2014. He obtained his Bachelors and PhD, both in Ceramic Science & Engineering, from Leeds University in 1981 and 1984 respectively. Since graduating, he has held a series of Faculty positions at the Universities of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Leeds, Nottingham, Brunel and before his current position he was the Dean of the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering at Loughborough University. He is a Visiting Professor at both Beijing University of Chemical Technology and Kunming University in China. Jon has published about 210 research papers, as well as editing or contributing to 19 books, given around 60 keynote, plenary and invited talks at international conferences and holds 7 patents. He has won 127 research grants totalling about £16.1M, many have been international in nature. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the European Ceramic Society and the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3); he was the President of the latter from 2012-14. The IOM3 awarded him the Holliday Prize in 1995, the Ivor Jenkins Medal in 2007 and the Verulam Medal & Prize in 2011. The focus of his research is the generation of both the necessary scientific understanding and the required engineering solutions for the development of processing routes for ceramic materials that display technical and/or financial advantages over existing processes and which yield new or improved materials. Major focuses for his recent work include ultra-high temperature ceramic composites, for which he currently holds a £4.3M research grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in the UK, nanostructured ceramics, ceramic armour and porous ceramics, the latter being commercialised by industry in the 1990s. Much of his research is associated with the defence industry and ranges from developing superior armour materials through to ceramic composites that can withstand temperatures up to nearly 3000 °C for the leading edges and other components on vehicles for hypervelocity flight. He is about to start a project on understanding the interfaces better in ceramic composites to be used as energy materials.
Prof. Christos Aneziris
Christos Aneziris is since 2001 a professor of Ceramics at the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany. His major field of research includes fundamental and applied aspects of modern refractories in advanced metallurgy processing routes covering areas of iron and steel clean technology and casting up to advanced casting of non ferrous low and high temperature materials, refractories in energy applications as well as non conventional processing routes of metal and ceramic matrix fine- and coarse-grain composite materials, and porous materials. He is speaker of the collaborative research center of the German Scientific Foundation (DFG) “Multifunctional Filter systems; a contribution to Zero Defect materials”, co-speaker of the collaborative research center “TRIP – Matrix – Composites” as well as he was speaker of the Priority Programme “Refractory Initiation for Reduction of Emmissions”. The results are reflected in more than 300 papers, 105 pantents filled, 55 granted and 35 remain effective.  In the last 15 years he has supervised more than 40 students to succesfull completion of their PhDs. Christos Aneziris is a full member of the Saxonia Academy of Science in Leipzig since 2009 and since 2011 of the German Academy of Technical Science (ACATECH). He is since 2012 member of the review board of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the field of “Ceramic and Metallic Sintered Materials” and since 2014 member of the board of the “Federation of International Refractory Research and Education - FIRRE”. He serves as a member of the board of the German Ceramic Society since 2003 and in 2017 he was elected Fellow of the European Ceramic Society.

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