'Developments in Ceramic Science and Engineering'
8 April 2008
The world's leaders in ceramic engineering will be visiting UCL on Wednesday and Thursday this week to review the latest research in structural, functional and bio ceramics.
Ceramics can be designed for a variety of applications - from heat-resistant ceramics for gas turbine engines, porous ceramics for hydrogen storage materials and bioceramics for dental implants or synthetic bones. The two-day meeting, organised by the UCL Centre for Materials Research, will review advances in processing and fabrication techniques, and the design, characterisation and applications of ceramic materials.
The meeting will mark the 70th birthday of Professor Sir Richard Brook, Director of the Leverhulme Trust and Emeritus Professor of Materials at the University of Oxford. Professor Brook has been a leading figure of engineering ceramics in the UK and has mentored and collaborated with many of the leading names in the field today. The meeting presents an unparalleled opportunity for scientists from academia and industry to hear from world-renowned experts in the field. An evening banquet will be held in honour of Professor Brook on the 10 April, at the Royal Society, London, for invited speakers and guests.
Professor Mohan Edirisinghe, convener of the UCL Centre for Materials Research, said of the conference: "This is a unique meeting. The crème-de-la-crème of the ceramics community are gathering together and a great personality is being discreetly honoured."
The meeting is sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Elsevier. A special edition of the 'Journal of the European Ceramic Society' will accompany the meeting, guest-edited by Professor Edirisinghe.
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Image: Professor Mohan Edirisinghe