AcerS Expo Boasts Diverse Program

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A diverse range of topics is slated for the American Ceramic Society’s (ACerS) 103rd Annual Meeting & Exposition, April 22-25, 2001, at the Indiana Convention Center & RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Ind. This year’s symposia and division programming will cover the basic science and processing of ceramics and glasses, whitewares and materials, engineering and electronic ceramics, refractories and cements, glass and optical materials, and art ceramics. Additionally, exhibitors will display a wide array of raw materials, chemicals, manufacturing equipment and services needed to produce and market these products. Following is a preview of what you can expect to find at this year’s ACerS show.


A symposium titled “Ceramic Materials Enabling Device and Information Technology” will include presentations on advances in dielectric materials and multilayer electronic devices, optoelectronic materials and technology in the information age, ceramics for wireless technologies, and the structure and properties of advanced nitrides and electronic nitrides.

A symposium on “The Impact of Ceramics in Energy Manipulation and the Environment” will cover materials for electrochemical energy conversion and storage, science and technology in addressing environmental issues in the ceramic industry, and ceramic science and technology for the nuclear industry.

The “Ceramics in Biomedical, Chemical and Mechanical Applications” symposium will feature discussions on ceramic coatings for thermal, environmental and mechanical applications; ceramic matrix composites; chemical sensors for hostile environments; and materials for medicine and biotechnology.

A “Cross Cutting Issues” symposium will cover the synthesis and processing of nanostructured materials; a panel discussion on the National Nanotechnology Initiative; and defects, transport and related phenomena.

Finally, a symposium on “Ceramic Processing” will include presentations on interfacial chemistry and segregation phenomena in ceramics; and the innovative processing and synthesis of ceramics, glasses and composites.

Division Meetings

Many of the ACerS’ divisions will also meet during the 2001 show. In addition to papers and formal presentations, the Art Division will sponsor an ACerS Artists Workshop on Sunday, April 22, featuring Richard Bresnahan.

Speakers at the Basic Science Division meeting will discuss the combinatorial studies of ceramic materials, ceramics for microtechnology, the mechanical behavior of ceramics, the “versatile” perovskites, crystallographic texture in ceramic applications, and electrochemically active ceramic materials. This division will also honor the 65th birthday of Professor Arthur H. Heuer.

Focused sessions in the Electronics Division meeting will cover advances in electroactive composite materials and devices, high strain piezoelectrics, and the reliability of dielectric materials and devices. And focus sessions in the Glass and Optical Materials Division meeting will cover the science and technology of vitreous silica; new glazing, enameling and firing technologies; the science and technology of nonoxide glasses; and modeling of glass melting and forming processes. The Cements, Engineering Ceramics, Refractory Ceramics and Whitewares & Materials Divisions are also scheduled to meet during the show.

For more information about the 2001 meeting and exposition, visit or pick up a complete program at the show. Be sure to stop by and say hello to Ceramic Industry’s staff at booth 706. See you there!

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