Pleanry Lecturers

Prof. Jon Binner
University of Birmingham
UK
Prof. I-Wei Chen
University of Pennsylvania
USA
Prof. Xian-Hui Chen
University of Science and Technology of China, China
Prof. Yuichi Ikuhara
The University of Tokyo
Japan
Prof. Clive A. Randall
Penn State University
USA
Dr. Dileep Singh
Argonne National Laboratory
USA
Prof. Zuo-Guang Ye
Simon Fraser University, Canada


Prof. Jon Binner
University of Birmingham, UK


Plenary lecture
Designing the processing of advanced ceramics and composites to yield the required properties


Professor Jon Binner is the Deputy Head of the Engineering & Physical Sciences College, and Professor of Ceramic Science & Engineering in the School of Metallurgy and Materials, at the University of Birmingham. He took up both of these posts on the 1st January 2014.

He obtained his Bachelors and PhD, both in Ceramic Science & Engineering, from Leeds University in 1981 and 1984 respectively. Since graduating, he has held a series of Faculty positions at the Universities of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Leeds, Nottingham,Brunel and before his current position he was the Dean of the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering at Loughborough University. He is a Visiting Professor at both Beijing University of Chemical Technology and Kunming University in China.

Jon has published about 220 research papers, as well as editing or contributing to 19 books, given around 60 keynote, plenary and invited talks at international conferences and holds 7 patents. He has won128 research grants totalling about ¡ê16.3M, many have been international in nature. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), the European Ceramic Society (ECerS), the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) and the Association for Microwave Power in Europe for Research and Education (Ampere).He was the President of the IOM3 from 2012-14 and is currently President-Elect of ECerS. The IOM3 awarded him the Holiday Prize in 1995, the Ivor Jenkins Medal in 2007 and the Verulam Medal & Prize in 2011.

The focus of his research is the generation of both the necessary scientific understanding and the required engineering solutions for the development of processing routes for ceramic materials that display technical and/or financial advantages over existing processes and which yield new or improved materials. Major focuses for his recent work include ultra-high temperature ceramic composites (for which he has recently held a ¡ê4.3M research grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC, in the UK and is a partner in a current €8M Horizon 2020 project), nanostructured ceramics, ceramic armour and porous ceramics, the latter being commercialised by industry in the 1990s. Some of his research is associated with the defence industry and ranges from developing superior armour materials through to ceramic composites that can withstand temperatures up to nearly 3000oC for the leading edges and other components on vehicles for hypervelocity flight. He has recently started a ¡ê2M EPSRC-funded project on understanding the interfaces better in ceramic composites to be used as energy materials.  (Back to top)


Prof. I-Wei Chen
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Plenary lecture
The roles of electrons in nominally ionic ceramics


I-Wei Chen (BS-Physics-1972, Tsinghua; MS-Physics-1975, Penn; PhD-Metallurgy-1980, MIT) is Skirkanich Professor of Materials Innovation at University of Pennsylvania, with former appointments at University of Michigan and MIT. An author of over 100 papers in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society on oxide and nitride research, his 200-plus journal papers have been cited 13,000 times with an ISI h-index of 63. He holds 16 US patents and conducts current research on thin film memory devices, energy ceramics and drug delivery. (Back to top)


Prof. Xian-Hui Chen
University of Science and Technology of China, China


Plenary lecture
Tunable superconductivity and phase transitions by field effect transistor


Professor Xianhui Chen obtained his doctorate degree from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1992. Now he is a professor at USTC, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the director of the Key Laboratory of Strongly Coupled Quantum Materials of CAS. He has been a Humboldt Scholar at the Karlsruhe Research Center in Germany and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Physics in Stuttgart, a visiting professor at the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Studies (Hokuriku), Texas Superconductivity Research Center at the University of Houston, and the National University of Singapore. He won the National Outstanding Youth Fund in 1998 and been appointed as a ¡°Yangtze River Scholar¡± Distinguished Professor by the Ministry of Education of China in 2002. He mainly focuses on exploration of novel superconductor and other quantum materials as well as the physics therein. Professor Chen has published more than 380 peer-review papers. Prof. Chen¡¯s work has been recognized by important awards, including the Cheung Kong Scholar Achievement Award granted by the Ministry of Education and the Li Ka-Shing Foundation in 2008, the Group Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science and Technology granted by the Qiushi Technology and Science Foundation in 2009, the First Prize of State Natural Science Award in 2013, the Bernd T. Matthias Prize in International Superconducting Materials in 2015, and the Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress of Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation in 2017. (Back to top)


Prof. Yuichi Ikuhara
The University of Tokyo, Japan


Plenary lecture
Dynamic behavior of grain boundary fracture and deformation in ceramics
Professor Yuichi Ikuhara is Professor and Director of Nanotechnology Center, Institute of Engineering Innovation at University of Tokyo since 2003. He received Dr. Eng. from Department of Materials Sciences, Kyushu University. He then joined Japan Fine Ceramics Center (JFCC) in 1988, and was the Microstructure Characterization Division Manager at JFCC from 1993. In 1996, he joined University of Tokyo as an associate professor of Materials Sciences. He was a visiting assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University from 1991 to 1993. His current research interest is in interface and grain boundary and interface phenomena, advanced transmission electron microscopy (STEM, HREM, EDS, EELS), high-temperature ceramics, dislocation technology, phase transformation, theoretical calculations and so on. Dr. Ikuhara is author and coauthor of about 720 scientific original papers in this field, and has more than 350 invited talks at international and domestic conferences. He received ¡°Medal with Purple Ribbon¡± from the Emperor of Japan (2016), ¡°Humboldt Research Award¡± from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010), ¡°Honda Frontier Prize¡± from Honda Foundation (2010), ¡°Sosman Lecture Award¡± (2015) and ¡°Ross Coffin Purdy Award¡± (2008) from the American Ceramics Society and so on. He is a fellow of the American Ceramics Society (2011), member of World Ceramic Academy (2014), and an associate member of the Science Council of Japan. He holds a group leader position at JFCC and WPI (World Premier International Research Center Initiative) professor at Tohoku University concurrently. (Back to top)


Prof. Clive A. Randall
Penn State University, USA


Plenary lecture
Cold sintering: systems, mechanisms, applications, opportunities, and challenges


Clive A. Randall is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Materials Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. He received a B.Sc. with Honors in Physics in 1983 from the University of East Anglia (UK), and a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics from the University of Essex (UK) in 1987. He was Director for the Center for Dielectric Studies 1997 ~ 2013, and Co-Director of the Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics 2013-2015, still serving as Technical Advisor. He has authored/co-authored over 450 technical papers(18,000 citations H-index 72) and holds 15patents (with 1 pending) in the field of electroceramics. His research interests are in the area of discovery, processing, material physics, and compositional design of functional materials; with different processing and characterization methods. Prof. Randall has received a number of awards from various societies, including the American Ceramic Society Fulrath Award, Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics; Spriggs Phase Equilibria Award; Friedberg Lecture at the American Ceramic Society; Edward C. Henry Best Paper of the Year from the American Ceramics Society Electronics Division (2012 and 2017), IEEE UFFC-S Ferroelectrics Recognition Award, Robertson Breakthrough of the Year Award (College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State University, 2017).  (Back to top)


Dr. Dileep Singh
Argonne National Laboratory, USA


Plenary lecture
Ceramics and composites for renewable power generation


Dr. Dileep Singh is a Senior Materials Scientist and Manager of Thermal and Structural Materials group at Argonne National Laboratory, USA. Dr. Singh obtained his Ph. D. in Materials Science from the University of Utah (USA), M. S. and B. Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering from Wayne State University (USA) and Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur), respectively. He has contributed to over 160 publications, edited several conference proceedings, and holds 22 U.S. and international patents. His group¡¯s current research activities include thermal energy storage, development of high-performance materials for thermal and light weighting applications, advanced materials characterization techniques, and innovative materials-based solutions for enhancing heat transfer.

Dr. Singh is a co-inventor of the low-temperature phosphate ceramic material, CeramicreteTM, and has worked extensively in the development of phosphate ceramics for structural, nuclear materials storage, and oil and gas applications. Dr. Singh is Fellow of the American Society of Metals and the American Ceramic Society, and an Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics. He is a recipient of several national/international awards including, two R&D 100 awards, Lee Hsun award from Institute of Metals Research (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Distinguished Engineering award from the Engineer¡¯s Council (USA), and Federal Laboratory Consortium award for technology transfer. Currently, he serves on the editorial boards of International Materials Review, Applied Ceramics Technology, and Journal of Engineering Materials & Performance. Dr. Singh is a past Chair of the Engineering Ceramics Division of the American Ceramic Society.  (Back to top)


Prof. Zuo-Guang Ye
Simon Fraser University, Canada


Plenary lecture
Understanding the origin of high piezo-/ferroelectricity in perovskite solid solutions from multiscale structures

Zuo-Guang Ye is a professor of materials science at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Bordeaux, France, and did post-doc research at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He is a past Chair of the Department of Chemistry at SFU and is a funding director of the 4D LABS, an interdisciplinary materials research centre. He was named ¡°Info-Tech Oulu Lecturer¡± at the University of Oulu, Finland (2010, 2014), and is a visiting professor at Xi¡¯an Jiaotong University, and Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China. Ye¡¯s research interests include (i) growth and characterization of high-performance piezo- and ferroelectric single crystals, (ii) multiferroic and magnetoelectric materials, (iii) lead-free piezo- and ferroelectrics, and (iv) relaxor ferroelectricity and its microscopic mechanism. He has been an active contributor to the ONR and DARPA research programs on high-performance piezoelectric single crystals. He has given over 185 plenary/keynotes/ invited talks at conferences and academic institutions. He has published over 350 peer-reviewed SCI research papers and 10 review articles and book chapters, and was editor of the book entitled ¡°Handbook of Advanced Dielectric, Piezoelectric and Ferroelectric Materials¡± (Elsevier).

Ye was a recipient of the 2014 IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society¡¯s Ferroelectrics Recognition Award ¡°for his substantial contributions to the research and developments of relaxor-based piezocrystals and PZT single crystals and his seminal work on the understanding of relaxor ferroelectric properties¡±. He received the American Ceramic Society¡¯s 2015 Spriggs Phase Equilibria Award. He has been elected to the Fellow of IEEE (2017) "for his contributions to piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials for high-performance electromechanical transducers".

Dr. Ye was the General Chair for the joint 20th IEEE International Symposium on the Applications of Ferroelectrics / International Symposium on Piezoresponse Force Microscopy and Nanoscale Phenomena in Polar Materials (ISAF-PFM, July 24 ¨C 27, 2011, Vancouver). He was the Conference Chair for the 97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC-2014, June 1-5, 2014, Vancouver), the 13th International Symposium on Ferroic Domains and Micro- to Nanoscopic Structures (ISFD-13, Oct. 2 - 6, 2016, Vancouver) and the 6th International Workshop on Relaxor Ferroelectrics (IWRF-6, July 17 -22, 2018, Vancouver). He is an Editor of the Journal of Advanced Dielectrics, and Chair of the International Committee for Relaxor-Based Piezoelectric Single Crystals Standardization.(Back to top)