Many of the most interesting and technologically relevant properties of ceramics derive from coupled phenomena (mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical, magnetic, optical) that originate at the atomistic and nanometer length scales. The complex behavior of ceramics under extreme conditions and/or away from equilibrium leads, on the one hand, to challenges in deciphering behavioral mechanisms, and on the other, opportunities to create ceramics with unprecedented properties. A wide variety of experimental and theoretical tools have recently emerged to reveal multiphysical, multiscale mechanisms that govern material behavior during processing and service. These specifically include the emergence of data driven atomistic and mesocontinuum computational modeling approaches, novel in situ experiments, and measurements under extreme conditions.
This conference is the latest in the series of highly successful GRCs on Solid State Studies in Ceramics that started in 1954. It examines the above issues in structural and functional ceramics. Topics include, among others, additive manufacturing, accelerated materials discovery, the behavior of hierarchical materials, understanding thermal-mechanical response under extreme conditions, in situ experiments (including transmission electron microscopy), coupled phenomena during processing and service, and fundamental studies in perovskites.
Participants in the conference will experience a stimulating and diverse environment in which they can discuss the forefront of ceramics science and engineering. Students and young professionals will enjoy opportunities to interact with experts in the field during the oral presentations (by invitation only) as well as the evening poster sessions (all participants are encouraged to submit). The discussion sessions will be structured to identify both challenges and opportunities in the discipline. A Power Hour will be organized to promote the inclusion and professional development of women and underrepresented minorities in ceramics research. The accompanying Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) offers additional career development and networking opportunities for students and young researchers.
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 7, 2021. Please check back for updates.
- Achieving Exceptional Responses in Structural Materials
- Thermo-Mechanical Behavior in Extreme Environments
- Processing Complex Structures
- Coupled Phenomena in Oxides
- Interfaces and Grain Boundaries
- Interfaces and Electrical Charge
- Defects in Ceramics
- Perovskites for Optoelectronics
- Biological Materials in the Extreme