By Belinda Raines
As part of its commitment to student exchanges and travel grants, The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) was pleased to recently provide travel support to 12 students to attend summer school in Hungary. In conjunction with its 15th Conference and Exhibition, The European Ceramic Society (ECerS) hosted its summer school, “Innovative Technologies in the Field of Ceramic Manufacturing”, July 7 and 8, 2017, in Budapest.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants needed to be members of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), Material Advantage, Keramos, or the ACerS Global Graduate Researcher Network, and attend a non-European based university.
The following topics were presented by internationally recognized experts:
• Preceramic polymer routes to advanced ceramics
• Additive manufacturing of ceramics
• Machining of ceramics: toward hybridization
• Flash sintering – new science for faster, greener densification
• From electric field assisted to water assisted sintering: Current status and possibilities offered by FAST/SPS
• Microwave sintering
• The early days of cold sintering: Where we are, where we are going, and our dreams
• Cellular ceramics: structure, processing and properties
• Processing and Properties of Eutectic Ceramic Composites
• Processing, properties and applications of transparent ceramics
Students who attended the ECerS Summer School were positively impacted by the wealth of knowledge provided. “This summer school was a great opportunity for me as a computational Ph.D. student in ceramics to know the main concepts in the experimental area and get different ideas for my future research,” enthused Arezoo Emdadi, a Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
The next student exchange opportunity will take place in January 2018 when the CGIF sponsors its Winter Workshop, which is designed for ceramic and glass students and young professionals from around the world. The workshop provides a combination of technical and professional development sessions, and offers outstanding networking opportunities.
Winter Workshop 2018 will be held January 19 – 23, in conjunction with the 42nd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA.