Applications for oral and poster contributions are cordially invited from all fields and classified into the following topics:

Topic chairs:

Jens Günster
Jens Günster
Head of Division, Ceramic Processing and Biomaterials
Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing BAM
Berlin, Germany

Farid Akhtar
Farid Akhtar
Associate Professor
Luleå University of Technology
Luleå, Sweden

Topic members:

Raj Bordia
Materials Science and Engineering
Clemson University, Clemson, USA

Paolo Colombo
Centre for Mechanics of Biological Materials
University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Rodrigo Moreno
Spanish National Research Council
Madrid, Spain

Tatsuki Ohji
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Tsukuba, Japan

Wei Pan
State Key Lab of New Ceramics and Fine Processing
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Ender Suvaci
Material Science and Engineering Department
Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey

Topic description:

This symposium will review the current state of advanced processing methods for ceramics, including advanced, technical ceramics, silicate ceramics and refractories. Focuses will be placed on new developments in concepts and technologies for powder synthesis, forming, sintering and additive manufacturing.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Powder synthesis: hydrothermal, pre-ceramic polymers, laser and plasma based, wet-chemistry processes
  • Novel forming methods: ice-templating, soft solution, sol gel, temperature-induced forming, direct foaming
  • Novel sintering methods: SPS, microwave, flash-sintering, laser-sintering, cold sintering, and progress in traditional sintering methodes
  • Additive manufacturing

Topic sessions:

  • Powder Synthesis
  • Novel and Advanced Forming Methods
  • Novel and Advanced Sintering Methods
  • Additive Manufacturing

Topic chairs:

Diletta Sciti
Diletta Sciti
Research Project Leader
Structural ceramics
Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics (ISTEC-CNR)
Faenza, Italy

Csaba Balázsi
Csaba Balázsi
Scientific advisor
Centre for Energy Research
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Budapest, Hungary

Topic members:

Jon Binner
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Ricardo Castro
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Kemper Hall University of California, Davis, USA

Erica Corral
College of Engineering
University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Dusan Galusek
Vitrum Laugaricio - Joint Glass Center of the Institue of Inorganic Chemistry
Trencin, Slovakia

Pavol Hvizdos
Institute of Materials Science
Slovak Academy of Sciences, Kosice, Slovakia

Karel Maca
Deptartment of Ceramics and Polymers, FME
Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic

Carolina Tallon
Materials Science & Engineering
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA

Topic description:

High-Tech ceramics offer a variety of outstanding physical and mechanical properties but their behaviour critically depend on the microstructure which should be carefully tailored to develop specific sets of properties. Conventional sintering of highly refractory ceramics is usually carried out at very high-temperature to obtain density close to the theoretical one, often at the expenses of microstructural control. The consolidation of nano-crystalline powders to fully dense nanostructured specimens is still a challenge, due to the difficulties of retaining the starting grain size during sintering. In composites, degradation of reinforcing phases such as carbon fibers, whiskers, graphene is an issue when the temperature required for the starting matrix densification is significantly higher than the stability of the reinforcing phase.

Nowadays, novel high temperature processes and sintering techniques are available allowing effective densification of highly refractory materials as well as control of interface reactions and microstructure. Very often, scale up of components thermally treated by these nonconventional techniques is an issue. Additional aspects to be considered are “green technologies” able to reduce the energy consumption and the process time as compared to conventional techniques. Joining of ceramics is another critical area of research where advanced temperature processes may lead to significant improvement of performance.

This topic will thus cover recent progress, challenges and emerging approaches of non-conventional high temperature processes or novel sintering techniques, capable of retaining the microstructure to a fine scale and of limiting unwanted interface reactions as much as possible; bulk scale-up issues; high temperature processing for joining.

Expected contributions mainly concern materials (including joining) whose process and/or properties are enabled or improved by advanced sintering techniques such as: Spark plasma and flash sintering, High-frequency induction heating, laser sintering, Reactive metal infiltration, Microwave sintering, Laser Sintering, Reactive sintering. The emphasis is on process/microstructure/properties relationship, microstructural evolution control approaches, mechanisms and kinetics of processes, possibility to scale-up the advanced sintering techniques, future directions.

Topic sessions:

  • Basics of sintering, sintering models
  • Improved materials through advanced sintering
  • Non conventional sintering techniques (SPS, flash sintering)
  • Infiltration tecniques (RMI, M-CVI)
  • Joining

Topic chairs:

Zoltán Lenčéš
Zoltán Lenčéš
Institute of Inorganic Chemistry
Slovak Academy of Sciences
Bratislava, Slovakia

Richard Todd
Richard Todd
Department of Materials
University of Oxford
Oxford, UK

Topic members:

Carmen Baudín
Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, CSIC, Spain

Raúl Bermejo
Institut für Struktur- und Funktionskeramik
Montan University, Leoben, Austria

Rachman Chaim
Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa, Israel

Thomas Graule
EMPA, Dübendorf, Switzerland

Stuart Hampshire
Materials and Surface Science Institute
University of Limerick, Ireland

Cengiz Kaya
Research and Graduate Policies at Sabancı University
Istambul, Turkey

Hagen Klemm
Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme IKTS
Dresden, Germany

Topic description:

Advanced structural ceramics are key materials in a multitude of applications in the automotive, aerospace, electrical, military and medical sectors for example. New areas such as energy generation and environmental technology combined with more ambitious specifications have increased the demand for novel ceramics featuring improved properties and functionality whilst making manufacturing processes more efficient. The central requirement is for strong, reliable components operating without degradation under mechanical load, in abrasive or corrosive environments and/or under high temperatures.

Example themes:

  • novel processing
  • microstructure-property relationships
  • ceramics for extreme conditions
  • oxide and non-oxide structural ceramics
  • ceramic composites
  • bioceramics
  • bioinspired structural ceramics
  • advanced ceramic coatings
  • testing and characterisation of advanced ceramics
  • impact and tribological behaviour
  • high temperature properties and superplastic ceramics
  • structural ceramics for energy, nuclear and environmental applications

Topic chairs:

Vincenzo Buscaglia
Vincenzo Buscaglia
Senior Researcher
Institute for Condensed Matter Chemistry and Technologies for Energy
Rome, Italy

Sanjay Mathur
Sanjay Mathur
Professor & Director
Institute of Inorganic and Materials Chemistry
University of Cologne
Cologne, Germany

Topic members:

Adrian Goldstein
Israel Ceramic and Silicate Institute
Technion City, Haifa, Israel

Eung Soo Kim
Kyonggi University, Seoul, Korea

Rosa I. Merino
Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón
Zaragosa, Spain

Macit Ozenbas
Middle East Technical University
Ankara, Turkey

Vladimir V. Srdic
University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia

Danilo Suvorov
Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Rong-Jun Xie
National Institute for Materials Science
Tsukuba, Japan

Topic description:

Functional ceramic materials with tunable electrical and optical properties are of high technological importance in view of their promising applications in a wide range of fields. This symposium will focus on the processing, characterization and device applications of novel electroceramics, glass-ceramic and optical ceramic materials. A particular emphasis will be placed on the fundamental issues to advance our understanding and utilization of glass-ceramics and optical ceramics and integrated related devices. Besides new fundamental insights, novel and emerging processing technqiues to fabricate transparent glasses and electroceramics, novel application areas together with advances in phenomenological modeling will form the focus of this topic.

Topic sessions:

  • Optical and Electronic Materials and Devices
  • Functional Ionic, Electronic and Mixed Conductors
  • Multiferroics, Ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics and dielectrics
  • Defect chemistry and transport in powders and thin films of electroceramics
  • Modelling, simulation and improved characterization techniques
  • New techniques for fabrication of optical and electrical coatings
  • Novel concepts of materials and engineering
  • In-situ characterization of atomistic structures and processes

Topic chairs:

Pierre-Marie Geffroy
Pierre-Marie Geffroy
Research Assistant
SPCTS - European Ceramic Center University of Limoges
Limoges, France

Servet Turan
Servet Turan
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Anadolu University
Eskisehir, Turkey

Topic members:

José Manuel Serra Alfaro
Institute of Chemical Technology
Valencia, Spain

John Kilner
Faculty of Engineering
Imperial College London, London, UK

Hua-Tay Lin
Guangdong University of Technology
Guangdong, China

Truls Norby
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science
University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Mamoru Senna
Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

Angelo Vaccari
Department of Industrial Chemistry
University of Bologna, Italy

Topic description:

This topic will cover the ceramic and glass solutions for energy harvesting and storage expects contributions from a wide range of subjects related to batteries, thermoelectrics, fuel cells, photovoltaics and solar devices, steam electrolysers, membranes, electrochemical systems and technologies. The scope of this topic includes the performance-synthesis and processing-properties-crystal structure and characterization relationship for these materials and devices. Specific components include electrodes, electrolytes, electrochemical membranes, catalysts, substrates, seals, interconnects or interfacial layers and semiconductors. Testing of single components, stacks, alternative system concepts, harvesting and recycling technologies are also considered within the scope of this topic.

Topic sessions:

  • Li- and Na-ion batteries including solid state
  • Photovoltaics and solar energy
  • Memresistors and thermoelectric materials
  • Ceramic proton conductors and PCFCS
  • Steam electrolysis and hydrogen production
  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
  • Oxygen transport membranes and CO2 capture
  • Supercapacitors
  • Energy and photonic devices
  • Solar Fuels/Artificial Photosynthesis: Materials and Devices

Topic chairs:

José M.F. Ferreira
José M.F. Ferreira
Associate Professor
Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering, CICECO
University of Aveiro
Aveiro, Portugal

Francis J. Cambier
Francis J. Cambier
Director General
Belgian Ceramic Research Centre
Mons, Belgium

Topic members:

Maria Pau Ginebra
Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
Technical University of Catalonia (UPC)
Barcelona, Spain

Ashutosh Goel
Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers
The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, USA

Anne Leriche
University of Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Chambrésis
Maubeuge, France

Paola Palmero
Department of Applied Science and Technology
Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

George E. Stan
National Institute of Materials Physics
Bucarest-Măgurele, Romania

Antonio Tilocca
Department of Chemistry
University College London, London, UK

Topic description:

Ceramics and glasses have long been considered as materials for healthcare. They are commonly used in orthopaedic surgery and dentistry but they are potentially suitable for a wide range of important applications within the medical device industry. In orthopaedics, ceramics play a pivotal role as they are increasingly used for the manufacturing of femoral heads and cups for total hip replacement. In addition, they have been used as materials for artificial heart valves, bone fillers and - more recently, for dental restorations. Moreover, a number of compositions in the frame of bioactive ceramics are currently used as coatings for metallic devices, promoting the formation of natural bone tissue and thus favouring their integration into hard tissues. Ceramic particles, microspheres, and nanostructures play a role in the cancer treatment. Besides such applications, the trend today is to widespread their use as scaffolds for tissue engineering, as carriers for drug release as dental implants and, finally, as nanostructures for cancer diagnostic and therapy. Most of such applications are the results of the important advances which have been made along the past few years both on bio-inert and bio-active ceramics, glasses and glass ceramics, and on the ceramic products themselves. New bioceramics with improved mechanical and biological performances (as it is the case of zirconia-based composites or more recently non-oxide ceramics) have been developed. At the same time, ceramics and composites (including organic-inorganic composites) for bone substitute or scaffold applications are currently developed, improving the interaction of the ceramics with both cells and living tissues. Furthermore, the latest technological advances allow their manufacturing by innovative 3D techniques, to create multi-scale, hierarchical materials. The latest achievements are also dedicated to low temperature syntheses, bio-mineralization, surface modifications of implants, or to the grafting of inorganic micro- and nano-spheres with biomolecules to promote biological interactions. In this frame, long-lasting and bioresorbable/osteo-inductive scaffolds are the ultimate goals.

Topic sessions:

  • New findings in the field of ceramics for orthopaedic, dental, cardiovascular and cancel treatments
  • Applications in regenerative medicine and drug delivery
  • New material design, on new compositions in ceramics for healthcare
  • Materials with improved bio-mechanical properties, innovative approaches to processing and characterization
  • In-vitro and in-vivo studies of bioceramics

Topic chairs:

Maria Chiara Bignozzi
Maria Chiara Bignozzi
Director, Ceramic Centre
Professor, University of Bologna
Bologna, Italy

Alpagut Kara
Alpagut Kara
Anadolu University
Anadolu, Turkey

Topic members:

Jean-André Alary
Imerys C.A.R.R.D., Villach, Austria

Rusmadiah Anwar
Formgiving Design Research Group
Faculty of Art and Design, MARA University of Technology
Shah Alam, Malaysia

Adriano Michael Bernardin
Ceramic Materials Group, UNESC
Santa Catarina, Brazil

Enrico Bernardo
Department of Industrial Engineering
University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Francis Cambier
Belgian Ceramic Research Centre, Mons, Belgium

João Labrincha
Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering
University of Aveiro, Aveiro,Portugal

Maximina Romero
Spanish National Research Council
Madrid, Spain

Amin Salem
Chemical Engineering Department
Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran

Igor Štubňa
Department of Physics
Constantine the Philosopher University, Nitra, Slovakia

Moritz von Witzleben
Inmatec Technologies, Rheinbach, Germany

Yifei Zhang
Morgan Advanced Materials
Stourport-on-Severn, UK

Topic description:

This topic is focused on various challenges and opportunities in design, fabrication, and testing of industrial ceramics, silicates and composites. Main aim is a to demonstrate the ceramic component manufacturing and integration technology for developing of creative, ceramics-oriented solutions for industrial applications to meet the needs and the expectations of the industries from the ceramic, glass and refractory sectors in the broader sense (productors, users and integrators).

Topic sessions:

  • risk related establishment of processes and / or emerging materials
  • innovation and future technological needs
  • develop tools for industry
  • methodology to current and future industrial needs
  • enabling collaboration between ceramist and professionals in industry

Topic chair:

Prof. Ehrenfried Zschech
Prof. Ehrenfried Zschech
Division Director
Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS
Dresden, Germany

Katalin Balázsi
Katalin Balázsi
Head of Thin Film Physics Department
Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science
Centre for Energy Research
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Budapest, Hungary

Topic members:

Wai-Yim Ching
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Missouri - Kansas City, Kansas City, USA

Diego Gómez García
Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Vojislav V. Mitic
Faculty of Electronic Engineering
University of Nis, Nis, Serbia

Cekdar Vakifahmetoglu
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Istanbul Kemerburgaz University, Istanbul, Turkey

Topic description:

Key societal concerns, such as sustainable consumption, and the low carbon economy, motivate the need for new, innovative ceramic materials. To answer this challenge, we can accelerate the development of new ceramic materials with unique properties through the predictive power of simulations (e.g. DFT calculations, phase field simulation) combined with experimental studies, which are able to determine the microstructure as well its evolution during processing as well as operation. For this topical symposium, we invite contributions to a discussion on developing the ceramics genome via in-situ experimentation and computational modeling and simulation.

Topic sessions:

  • Atomistic structure and bonding behaviour of ceramics
  • Microstructural evolution driven by temperature, electrical bias, mechanical stress, or magnetic field
  • In-operando studies of ceramic-based materials and devices
  • Novel ceramics & compounds for energy generation and storage
  • New developments and application of in-situ experimentation
  • Computational modeling and simulation of structural dynamics
  • High throughput experiments relating ceramic structure and properties
  • Managing big data—tools and methods
  • Materials data discovery

Topic chairs:

Onuralp Yücel
Onuralp Yücel
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department
Istanbul Technical University
Istambul, Turkey

Mathias Herrmann
Mathias Herrmann
Head of Department Sintering and Characterization,
Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS
Dresden, Germany

Topic members:

Samuel Bernard
Institut de Chimie (INC)
French National Centre for Scientific Research
Paris, France

Ali Erdemir
Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, USA

William G. Fahrenholtz
Materials Science & Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rollo, USA

Serdar Ozbayraktar
Element Six, Johannesburg, South Africa

Topic description:

Boron based ceramics show a unique combination of properties based on special crystal structures, atomic bonding as well as the microstructure formed during sintering. These result in lightweight materials of high hardness, high elastic modulus but low density and usually with high melting temperatures. Beside these special electric properties were observed for different borides. These unique properties result in a wide range of applications from armour materials, nuclear applications up to thermoelectrics, refractories and many others.
The topic will cover both fundamental and applied aspects of preparation microstructure formation, properties and application of boron containing ceramics materials.

Topic sessions:

  • Fundamental aspects of boron physics, structure and chemistry
  • Production of boron containing ceramic powders
  • Processing and consolidation of boron containing ceramic powders
  • Synthesis and characterization of boron containing ceramic coatings
  • Boron containing composite materials, polymers, nitrides, oxides and their applications
  • Boron ceramics in medicine – design and synthesis
  • Boron ceramics in nuclear applications – design and synthesis

Topic chairs:

Philippe Colomban
Philippe Colomban
Research Professor
CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Sorbone Universités
Paris, France

Ljiljana Damjanovic
Ljiljana Damjanovic
Associate Professor
Faculty of Physical Chemistry
University of Belgrade
Belgrade, Serbia

Topic members:

Luís Filipe Vieira Ferreira
Instituto Superior Técnico
University of Lisbon, Portugal

Ali İssi
Dumlupinar Üniversitesi, Dumlupınar, Turkey

Giuseppina Padeletti
CNR ISMN, Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati
Rome, Italy

Trinitat Pradell
Department of Physics
Escola Superior d'Agricultura de Barcelona (ESAB)
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

Peter Vandenabeele
Department of Archaeology
Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Topic description:

One of the oldest materials used in the world is ceramic pottery. Potteries or ceramics became unique daily used materials since the establishment of civilizations. They have been produced in wide varieties of bodies, with glazes in different colors and decorations. ECERS 2017 focuses on the topics of technology, provenance, dating, restoration and conservation of archaeological ceramics and other related materials. Cultural Heritage session of the congress will be composed of the themes given below:

Topic sessions:

  • Ceramics, Glazes, Glass and Vitreous Materials (technology and provenance)
  • Metallurgical Ceramics (technology and provenance)
  • Stone, Mortar and Pigments (technology and provenance)
  • Archaeochronometry (dating)
  • Ceramics, Glazes, Glass, Paint and Coroplastic Art in Archaeology
  • Restoration and Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics and Glass
  • Others (characterization techniques applied in art and archaeometry, research studies on the development of characterization techniques used in archaeometry, etc.)

Topic chairs:

Suat Yilmaz
Suat Yilmaz
Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Istanbul University
Istanbul, Turkey

Jacek Szczerba
Jacek Szczerba
AGH University of Science and Technology
Krakow, Poland

Topic members:

Christos G. Aneziris
Institut für Keramik, Glas- und Baustofftechnik
Freiberg, Germany

Antonio H. de Aza
Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio-CSIC
Madrid, Spain

Swapan Kumar Das
Central Glass and Ceramics Research Institute
Kolkata, India

Victor C. Pandolfelli
Federal University of Sao Carlos
Sao Carlos, Brazil

Topic description:

Refractories are commonly used in several industries like Iron and Steel, Cement, Glass, None-Ferrous Metals, Petrochemical, Power, Environmental, Aerospace and so on. Refractory materials are required being heat, thermal stress, abrasion, chemical agents and other physical phenomena induced by heat resistant. Additionally, they should possess good insulating properties that improve the energy savings in the industry.

The aim of refractories session is to illustrate:

1. Fundamentals of refractories knowledge: Science, Technology and Processing
2. Sustainable development of refractories
3. Refractories used under different working environments
4. Progress and further perspective of refractories
5. State-of-the-art and open problems in refractories

Because of these and other reasons, we found the next European Ceramic Society Conference, 15th International Conference of the European Ceramic Society, to be held in Budapest (Hungary) on 9-13 July 2017, the perfect place to interchange ideas about these and others topics related to refractories. To all of you in the European refractories community, we encourage you to participate fully in ECERS 2017.

Topic sessions:

  • Fundamentals of refractories knowledge: Science, Technology and Processing
  • Refractories used under different working environments
  • Progress and further perspective of refractories

Topic chairs:

Wilhelm Siemen
Wilhelm Siemen
Porzellanikon - Staatliches Museum für Porzellan, Hohenberg a. d. Eger
Selb, Germany

Beril Anılanmert
Beril Anılanmert
Faculty of Fine Arts, Industrial Product Design
Isik University
Istanbul, Turkey

Topic members:

María Pilar Alonso Abad
Universidad de Burgos, Spain

Biba Djordjević
National Museum in Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

György Fusz
Faculty of Music and Visual Arts
Institute of Media and Applied Arts
Univestity of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary

Zsolt Gyarmati
Szekler Museum of Ciuc
Miercurea Ciuc, Romania

István Ködmön
Herend Porcelain, Herend, Hungary

Marc Leuthold
Art Department, SUNY-Potsdam
Potsdam, New York, USA

Steve Mattison
International Ceramic Studio
Kecskemét, Hungary

Michal Moore
University of Ulster, London, United Kindom

John Tynan
Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI)
Castle Yard, Kilkenny, Ireland

Topic description:

The aim of the topic is the interconnection of materials, transformation of ceramic process to art. The topic will bring together international ceramic artists and specialists from the universties, crafts and institutions share their view and present their thoughts of future developments in ceramics art.

Topic sessions:

  • Art
  • Design
  • Technology
  • Reconsideration of new ceramics