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Ceramics, Solid State Studies in (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Ceramics at the Microscale: State-of-the-Art in Processing, Properties and Microsctructure


July 30-31, 2016


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA


William J. Bowman & Marc Dumerac

Meeting Description

This first Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Solid State Studies in Ceramics, "Ceramics at the Microscale", is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and early-career scientists and faculty to present and exchange cutting-edge research and ideas in a highly-stimulating environment.

Ceramics are enabling global technological advances, from more efficient jet engines to miniaturized electronics and sensors; from membranes, batteries and fuel cells for cleaner energy to better implants and drug-delivery systems. Understanding the micro-scale features of ceramics is crucial to these innovations and to developing new ceramics and ceramic devices.

The GRS will connect researchers from disparate fields working on diverse ceramics and microstructures with widely varying properties to a common theme. Organized, presented, and discussed by emerging scientists, topics will include the design, fabrication, characterization and properties of complex, innovative microstructures. An emphasis will be placed on fundamentals, especially microstructure development and interactions during processing and sintering (i.e. grain and pore growth, impurities, stresses).

The format will be interactive with ample networking opportunities. A career panel will also be available to provide insights on research and industry-oriented career paths. Participants will leave with a better understanding of ceramic microstructures and the state-of-the-art in microstructure engineering, and they will be better prepared for the associated GRC.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Ceramics, Solid State Studies in" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmFabrication of Advanced Ceramic Microstructures
Discussion Leader: Madeleine Kelly (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmMartha Mecartney (University of California, Irvine, USA)
"Design, Fabrication, and Synergistic Behavior of Multiphase Ceramics"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMicrostructure Fundamentals and Characterization
Discussion Leader: Natalie Larson (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmEngin Ciftyurek (West Virginia University, USA)
"Novel Synthesis and Processing of MgO-Doped SrMoO4 Micro-Fibers for High Temperature Selective Detection of Hydrogen"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmDiletta Giuntini (San Diego State University, USA)
"Modeling and Optimization of Hierarchical Porous Structures During Spark Plasma Sintering"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmGregory Rohrer (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
"Characterization of Grain Boundaries and Grain Boundary Transitions in Ceramic Microstructures"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmDavid Poerschke (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
"Microstructure Evolution in Ceramic Matrix Composites: Influence of Geometry and Composition on Processing and Performance"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amProperties of Novel Ceramic Microstructures
Discussion Leader: Lisa Rueschhoff (Purdue University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:25 amWayne Kaplan (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
"Wetting and Non-Wetting in Ceramic Systems"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:45 amHadas Sternlicht (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
"Steps at Interfaces in SrTiO3 and Their Role in Kinetic Processes"
9:45 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:05 amAlexander Dupuy (University of California, Riverside, USA)
"Unprecedented Electro-Optic Performance in Lead-Free Transparent Polycrystalline Ceramics"
10:05 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:25 amElias Penilla (University of California, Riverside, USA)
"Transparency, Photoluminescence, and Optical Stimulated Emission in Rare-Earth Doped Bulk Polycrystalline Alumina Ceramics via Grain Size Suppression and Increased Grain Boundary Volume"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:55 amJason Nicholas (Michigan State University, USA)
"Structure-Property-Processing-Performance Relations in Nano-Composite Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathodes"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Panel Discussion: Research as a Career
As the GRS caters to young researchers, a career panel discussion is scheduled to help early-career individuals understand career options, challenges and opportunities for researchers. Panelists will include Martha Mecartney (University of California, Irvine, USA), Gregory Rohrer (Carnegie Mellon University, USA), Wayne Kaplan (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology), and Jason Nicholas (Michigan State University, USA).
Discussion Leader: William Bowman (Arizona State University, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Career Paths in Research"
  • Wayne Kaplan (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
  • Martha Mecartney (University of California, Irvine, USA)
  • Jason Nicholas (Michigan State University, USA)
  • Gregory Rohrer (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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