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Nanotech, Ceramic Armor to be Topics at ACerS Event

Photonics.com
Nov 2006
WESTERVILLE, Ohio, Nov. 13 -- Nanotechnology, fuel cells and ceramic armor will be among topics at the 31st International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, to be held Jan. 21-16 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort and Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Hosted by the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) in conjunction with the ACerS Engineering Ceramics and Electronics Divs., the conference will feature 10 symposia and three focused sessions comprised of more than 800 technical presentations and posters on the latest advances, applications and successes in advanced ceramics and composites. More than 75 exhibitors showcasing materials, equipment and supplies are participating in this event, which will bring together scientists, technologists, engineers and entrepreneurs involved in advanced ceramics.

An application-oriented technical program will feature presentations on nanostructured materials; solid oxide fuel cells; ceramic armor; mechanical properties and performance; thermoelectric materials for power conversion applications; boceramics and biocomposites; advanced ceramic coatings; advanced processing and manufacturing technologies; porous ceramics; advanced dielectric, piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials; and transparent electronic ceramics, geopolymers and electroceramic materials for sensors. New this year are a microwave and radio frequency workshop and an Emerging Opportunities symposium.

Dongming Zhu, of the NASA-Glenn Research Center, is program chair for the meeting, which is traditionally held in Cocoa Beach. Zhu said the new location -- located at beachfront -- has larger meeting rooms and more exhibition space.

For more information, visit: www.ceramics.org/acc. (Note: The Third Annual Ceramic Commerce Symposium has been postponed. Updates will be posted online as they are available.)


GLOSSARY
nanotechnology
The use of atoms, molecules and molecular-scale structures to enhance existing technology and develop new materials and devices. The goal of this technology is to manipulate atomic and molecular particles to create devices that are thousands of times smaller and faster than those of the current microtechnologies.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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