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Solid State Studies in Ceramics
Gordon Research Conference

Exploiting Defects and Interfaces in Paradigm-Shifting Processing and Extreme Environments


August 12-17, 2018


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA Site Information


Jian Luo

Vice Chair:
Ivar E. Reimanis

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 15, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Solid State Studies in Ceramics has been on the forefront of ceramic basic research since 1954. The 2018 Ceramics GRC will focus on exploiting defects and interfaces in paradigm-shifting processing and extreme environments. Structural and functional ceramics are often used in extreme environments, which not only refer to high temperatures, aggressive chemical surroundings and complex loadings but also include high electric fields and large strains for a range of electrochemical devices including fuel cells, batteries and supercapacitors. Recently, several innovative ceramic fabrication methods, such as flash sintering and cold sintering that can drastically reduce the processing temperature and time, have emerged. Additive manufacturing of ceramics is also of great interest. Fundamental understandings of the underlying mechanisms for these paradigm-shifting fabrication methods should be achieved to enable their wide applications. Defects and interfaces often influence or even control both innovative processing and properties in extreme environments. This GRC will also address “Ceramics and Defects Genome,” discussing not only the growing importance of theories and modeling in ceramic science but also the emerging possibility of using machine learning and data-driven discovery.

The unique format of the GRC offers the best opportunities to explore new ideas and promotes collaborations of diverse scientists, mixing well-established investigators and young researchers in a collegial atmosphere. It provides ample opportunities for networking, stimulating discussion, and informal gatherings in the afternoons or late evenings at the bar. The GRC lectures are by invitation only. All GRC participants are encouraged to present posters on their own cutting-edge research in ceramics and extensive discussions are expected. The Chair and Vice-Chair will select several posters for short oral presentations to represent emerging research topics. Best student presentations will also be recognized. A Power Hour will be organized by Professor Tabbetha Dobbins and Dr. Diletta Giuntini to promote inclusion and the professional development of women and underrepresented minorities in ceramic research. An accompanying Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) will offer additional career development and networking opportunities for students and young researchers.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Solid State Studies in Ceramics" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Gordon Research Conferences
The American Ceramic Society - Basic Science Division

Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Characterization and Modeling of Interfaces and Defects
  • "Ceramics and Defects Genome": From Theories and Modeling to Machine Learning and Data-Driven Discovery
  • Defects and Interfaces in Ceramics for Energy Applications
  • Electric Field Assisted Ceramic Processing: Defects and Microstructures
  • Ultra-Low Temperature Processing: The Roles of Interfaces and Defects
  • Additive Manufacturing of Ceramics
  • New Materials: High-Entropy Ceramics and 2-D Ceramics
  • Ceramics for Extreme Environments
  • Late-Breaking Topics
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