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Members of The American Ceramic Society talk about their personal, professional, and scientific discoveries in the fields of engineered ceramic and glass materials. Find out what excites these leaders about working with this unique subset of materials.

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Members of The American Ceramic Society talk about their personal, professional, and scientific discoveries in the fields of engineered ceramic and glass materials. Find out what excites these leaders about working with this unique subset of materials.

    Actions for a sustainable future: Jürgen Rödel

    Actions for a sustainable future: Jürgen Rödel

    What will it take to mitigate the effects of climate change? Jürgen Rödel, professor and ceramics group leader at the Technical University of Darmstadt, discusses the most concerning effects of climate change, shares how he became active in advocating for sustainability, and describes what individual and organizational actions can be taken to preserve the Earth for future generations.

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    About the guest
    Jürgen Rödel is professor and ceramics group leader at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany. His group studies lead-free piezoceramics and their use in energy storage applications, as well as dislocation-based functionalities of ceramic materials. In recent years, he has become a passionate advocate for sustainability while recognizing the complex interweave of economic, geographic, political, and technological factors. He published a “Letter to the editor” on this topic in the September 2022 Bulletin. For more information, read the sixth assessment report on climate change published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2022, and learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

    About ACerS
    Founded in 1898, The American Ceramic Society is the leading professional membership organization for scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, and students working with ceramics and related materials.  

    • 25 min
    Big picture, small scale—connecting materials and communities: Sanjay Mathur

    Big picture, small scale—connecting materials and communities: Sanjay Mathur

    When transitioning from student life to your professional career, finding supportive mentors in your community is key. Sanjay Mathur, director of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Cologne in Germany, shares his experiences mentoring students, reviews his current research on hybrid material interfaces and their properties, and talks about how societies like ACerS provide additional support for students and help them lay the groundwork for a professional career.

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    About the guest
    Sanjay Mathur is director of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Cologne, Germany. His research group studies functionalization of nanocrystalline powders for energy and biomedical applications. As 2022–2023 ACerS president, Mathur's aims to help ACerS sharpen its value proposition and find ways to connect to younger communities.

    About ACerS
    Founded in 1898, The American Ceramic Society is the leading professional membership organization for scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, and students working with ceramics and related materials.  

    • 25 min
    Deformable ceramics and next-gen functionalities: Xufei Fang

    Deformable ceramics and next-gen functionalities: Xufei Fang

    What if ceramics are not as brittle as conventionally believed? Xufei Fang, junior group leader in the nonmetallic inorganic materials research group at the Technical University of Darmstadt, shares how his background in metals positioned him to pursue the study of dislocations in ceramics, reviews his current research in the TU Darmstadt group led by Jürgen Rödel, and describes initiatives underway to educate the larger ceramics community about this research field.

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    About the guest
    Xufei Fang is junior group leader in the nonmetallic inorganic materials research group led by Jürgen Rödel at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. He studies dislocation-based functionality of ceramic materials and their mechanical properties. He and colleagues recently established a master's course on ceramic dislocations, as well as helped organize sessions at several meetings on this topic.

    About ACerS
    Founded in 1898, The American Ceramic Society is the leading professional membership organization for scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, and students working with ceramics and related materials. 

    • 27 min
    Exploring space and the future of travel: Valerie Wiesner

    Exploring space and the future of travel: Valerie Wiesner

    While astronauts have some of the most public-facing roles at NASA, what other research takes place behind the scenes to make launching into space possible? Valerie Wiesner, research materials engineer at NASA Langley Research Center, shares how she became involved with the materials side of space research, describes working on mitigation strategies to minimize the impact of lunar dust, and gives her thoughts on what to expect from space exploration and travel in the coming years.

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    About the guest
    Valerie Wiesner is research materials engineer at the Advanced Materials and Processing Branch of the NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. This summer, she served in a temporary position as acting assistant branch head of the Crew Systems and Aviation Operations Branch at Langley. She is actively involved in ACerS Engineering Ceramics Division, including serving as chair of the 44th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites in 2020.

    About ACerS
    Founded in 1898, The American Ceramic Society is the leading professional membership organization for scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, and students working with ceramics and related materials. 

    • 29 min
    Discovering the magic in ceramic science and art: Ryan Coppage

    Discovering the magic in ceramic science and art: Ryan Coppage

    What are the benefits and challenges of researching and publishing about ceramics from both an art and science perspective? Ryan Coppage, director of introductory and inorganic laboratories at the University of Richmond, shares how he became involved in both the art and science side of ceramics, describes his research on ceramic glazes, and talks about the new book he just published with The American Ceramic Society’s International Ceramic Artists Network.

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    About the guest
    Ryan Coppage is director of introductory and inorganic laboratories at the University of Richmond in Virginia—and also a ceramic artist! He is drawn to the Venn diagram overlap between science and art, and he currently works on research projects that are frequently split between the University of Richmond and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, developing low metal-loading color alternatives for ceramic surfaces. He just a book published with The American Ceramic Society’s International Ceramic Artists Network titled “The Anatomy of a Good Pot.”

    About ACerS
    Founded in 1898, The American Ceramic Society is the leading professional membership organization for scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, and students working with ceramics and related materials. 

    • 29 min
    Materials research for space and in space: Rick Weber

    Materials research for space and in space: Rick Weber

    To develop materials that function in extreme environments, scientists need instruments capable of measuring material properties in those environments as well. Rick Weber, president and founder of Materials Development Incorporated, describes how his company develops instruments to test materials in extreme environments, discusses some recent experiments they have on the International Space Station, and shares what he thinks the future of materials science research in space will look like.

    View the transcript for this episode here.

    About the guest
    Rick Weber is president and founder of Materials Development Incorporated in Evanston, Illinois. The company develops instruments for measuring thermophysical properties of materials in extreme environments and provides technical support to clients working with advanced materials, as well as conducts its own materials research. Weber and his team  currently are helping to conduct two experiments on the International Space Station.

    About ACerS
    Founded in 1898, The American Ceramic Society is the leading professional membership organization for scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, and students working with ceramics and related materials.

    • 28 min

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