A motley crew of scientists, from left to righ: (front row) Derek Sinclair,
Rebecca Boston, Colin Freeman, Ian Reaney, Lenny Koh,
Sinan SG El-Faouri, (middle row) Richard Veazey,
(back row) Whitney Schmidt, Carl Kennedy,
Shunusuke Murakami, James Heath.
Postdoc researcher, James Heath, updates us on the FMD trip to Orlando!
EMA is a great conference to attend if you are researching in the functional oxides/electroceramics field. There were symposia dedicated to characterisation, sustainability, processing, modelling, specific applications and much more. Information on this years content can be found here:
We arrived in unusually cold weather for Florida at this time year. Although 16 degrees was somewhat an improvement compared to back in Sheffield. The great disappointment of not being able to board the Disney Magical express from Orland international airport was quickly erased by beer and food at hotel, with everyone ready for the conference commencing the next day.
|Not quite Sheffield, but it will do!|
|Can't have you thinking we didn't do some science too! Whitney gives her talk|
|Thousands of miles from home and they go to an English style pub!|
Several other key features of the conference included lunchtime tutorials for the students, a session of tutorials on Wednesday evening (one given by our own Derek Sinclair) and the final part of the conference: a symposium on learning from failure. The failure talks were highly amusing and perhaps comforting that some of the more established members of our scientific community make mistakes too. Lessons learned from this symposium include:
· Don’t try cutting carbon fibre with a laser.
· If attempting to publish your work in a pure science journal call your ceramic material a poly-crystalline material instead.
· You may need to go back to basics is you have found a really good ferroelectric material that also has a cubic crystal structure.
|Done Sheffield proud!|
Personal highlights from the conference include some phase field modelling of ferroelectric domains  and grain growth . There were also some interesting impedance studies on degradation of dielectric materials and in-situ x-ray diffraction studies on flash sintering . Talk titles are given as references. During the conference dinner the Sheffield group got a pleasant surprise when Richard Veazey was awarded 1st prize for the student talk competition. Well done and congratulations to him.
All in all, a great conference. Many thanks to the American Ceramics Society for organising the event and the SUBST grant for funding the travel. I recommend EAM (now EMA) to anyone working in a relevant field.
1. (EAM-ELEC-S7-002-2018) New developments in Ferret, an opensource code for simulating complex behavior of electroactive materials at mesoscale J. Mangeri; L. Kuna; K. Pitike; P. Alpay; O. Heinonen; S. Nakhmanson.
2. (EAM-BASIC-S1-006-2018) A Framework to Study Heterogeneous Factors that Influence Grain Growth (Invited) D. Lewis; A. Baskaran
3. (EAM-BASIC-S2-003-2018) Flash Sintering of a Two- and Three-Phase Composites Constituted of Alumina, Spinel, and Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia D. Kok; E. Sortino; D. Yadav ; S. J. McCormack; K. Tseng; W. M. Kriven; R. Raj; M. Mecartney.