Symposium: Green and Energy Efficient Processing


Invitation to submit papers
Authors participating in the Symposium M: Green and Energy Efficient Processing of the 7th International Conference on Ceramics to be held in Foz de Iguaçú, Brazil, from June 17 to 21, 2018 are invited to submit their papers for its possible publication in a Special Issue of the Journal of the European Ceramic Society edited by Sonia R Mello-Castanho and Rodrigo Moreno.

Scope of this Special Issue
The specific aim of the symposium and the corresponding journal issue deals with original research or up-to-date reviews on different aspects of green and energy efficient processing of ceramics.  Authors are requested to submit papers in this topic but please remember that the Journal focus is on novel generic science concerning the relationships between processing, microstructure and properties of polycrystalline ceramics consolidated at high temperature.

Quality criteria
Papers published in this special issue will be to the same standard as regular Journal articles and they will be submitted to the same peer-review process. Hence, a selection of the most suitable works presented at the Symposium will be considered if they fit the scope of the Journal and the required novelty and quality criteria. Papers not satisfying these quality criteria or that do not match the scope of the Journal will not be accepted for publication.

Limited number of submissions
In order to open the possibility to present their results to a broad representation of research groups only one contribution will be recommended for each group.

Article Type Name:
It is important that authors select the correct article type when they submit their articles in EES. If authors select the wrong article type their paper may end up publishing in a regular issue and not the special issue. When submitting their papers, authors must select SI: Green Processing as the article type.

Submission deadline:
All papers should be submitted from the end of August 2018 until November 15th 2018 and the option to submit online via the submission system (EES) will closed.



Scope of the Symposium:
The development of industrial activities has reached a high technical development but the immediate future needs the establishment of processes and manufacture strategies capable to overcome the current impact to environment and to improve social skills and needings. In such a context, new solutions for sustainable growth of ceramics performance environmentally friendly without any health risk and capable to benefit from natural resources are urgently claimed by a society more and more concerned of the importance of reducing contamination and improving life conditions. Therefore, it is essential to develop new processing strategies for the green manufacture of ceramics to preserve natural sustainability and to generate clean and sustainable energy sources. This symposium focuses on new science and technology of ceramic processing especially concerned with these aspects of sustainability, friendly for environment and health and with reduced costs. On this basis, this symposium welcomes and encourages all ceramics community to submit their recent works dealing with novel aspects of the different steps of ceramic processing, including the development of new, eco-friendly synthesis routes, the optimization of powders preparation, colloidal dispersions and rheology, the study of natural biomolecules and natural additives, the theoretical and practical analysis of innovative shaping techniques involving non-contaminant steps or additives, the use of clean and energetically efficient processes and the recuperation of wastes and recycled products, as well as new aspects concerning the development of fast sintering procedures capable to reduce environmental impact and energy consumption at reduced costs. In addition, the design and manufacture of ceramics and ceramic based composites with complex shapes and tailored microstructures with especial functionalities including aligned porosity, texturation, lamination, etc, are also welcome.

Abstracts on the following subjects may be submitted:

  • Novel synthesis routes
    • Chemical routes avoiding toxic precursors, such as colloidal sol-gel, freeze drying, chemical routes, etc
    • Routes for the fast, clean synthesis of nanopowders, such as spray flame pyrolysis, microwaves assisted synthesis, etc
    • Synthesis of mixtures, core-shell structures, powders with special shapes and geometries, nano and microspheres, etc
  • Modification and beneficiation of raw materials avoiding environmentally aggressive conditions
    • Modelling and engineering of milling and mixing procedures
    • Controlled granulation by spraying, freezing, etc
  • Dry powder processing
    • Dry pressing
    • Electrostatic deposition
  • Preparation and optimization of suspensions for green manufacture
    • Colloidal stabilization and rheology of suspensions
    • Use of natural additives for ceramic processing
    • Development of aqueous and low toxicity systems
    • Particles assembly
  • Innovative shaping processes
    • Colloidal based processes for three dimensional parts including slip casting and derivatives, gelcasting, micropatterning, etc
    • Plastic forming processes, low and high pressure injection moulding, extrusion, etc
    • Manufacture of thin and thick films and coatings by vapor assisted techniques such as CVD, PVD, etc, or using suspensions or particulate sols, such as dipping, spin coating, electrophoretic deposition, etc.
    • Production of laminates and functionally graded materials with functional or structural applications, focusing biomimetic materials, multilayer devices, textured laminates, etc
    • Shaping of porous ceramics using friendly additives, ice-templating, polysaccharides, starches, etc

Symposium Organizers:

Invited speakers (confirmed):

  • Agnès Smith, Université de Limoges, France
  • Prof. Bala Vaidhyanathan, Loughborough University, UK.
  • Enrique Sánchez, ITC-University Jaume I Castellón, Spain
  • Farid Akhtar, Luleå technical University, Sweden
  • Igor Zhitomirsky, McMaster University, Canada
  • Katherine Faber, Northwestern University, USA
  • Paulina Wiecińska, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
  • Denise Fungaro, Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares, Brazil
  • Ángel Larrea, ICMA-UNIZAR, Spain
  • José Bartolomé, Institute of Materials Science of Madrid, CSIC, Spain
  • Sonia R.H. Mello-Castanho, Institute of Nuclear and Energy Research, Brazil
  • Rodrigo Moreno, Institute of Ceramics & Glass, CSIC, Spain

Scientific Committee:

  • Farid Akhtar, Sweden
  • Heberto Balmori, México
  • Lennart Bergström, Sweden
  • Samuel Bernard, France
  • Laxmidhar Besra, India
  • Rajendra Bordia, USA
  • Thierry Chartier, France
  • Francis Cambier, Belgium
  • Andrea Camerucci, Argentina
  • María Eugenia Contreras, México
  • Brian Derby, UK
  • Jairo Escobar, Colombia
  • Jonas Gurauskis, Denmark
  • Dolores R. R. Lazar, Brazil
  • Anne Leriche, France
  • Yoshimura Masahiro, Taiwan
  • Eugene Medvedovski, Canada
  • Márcio R. Morelli, Brazil
  • Susana Olhero, Portugal
  • Willi Pabst, Czech Republic
  • Lech Pawlowski, France
  • João B. Rodrigues Neto, Brazil
  • Jorge E. Rodríguez Paez, Colombia
  • Enrique Sánchez, Spain
  • Luiz Fernando Setz, , Brazil
  • Frans Snijkers, Belgium
  • Vladimir Srdic, Serbia
  • Ender Suvaci, Turkey
  • Mikolaj Szafran, Poland
  • Richard Todd, UK
  • Wenjea Tseng, Taiwan
  • Jean-Marc Tulliani, Italy
  • Louis Winnubst, Netherlands
  • Chieko Yamagata, Brazil
  • Robert Vassen, Germany

Organizers information:

Rodrigo Moren
Prof. Rodrigo Moreno obtained the PhD degree in Chemistry by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1988. He has developed all his scientific activity in the Institute of Ceramics & Glass (CSIC, Spain), where he become Tenured Scientist in 1990, Research Scientist in 1999, and Research Professor in 2004. He is the leader of the Synthesis and Colloidal Processing Group at ICV from 2005. His main interest lies on the synthesis of ceramic powders, the colloidal stability and rheology of ceramic suspensions, and the manufacture of structural and functional materials by colloidal processing techniques. He is co-author of more than 260 ISI journal articles, 9 patents, several book chapters, and one book. He has been member of the organization committees of more than 50 national and international conferences and has pronounced more than 60 invited lectures. Prof. Moreno is member of the Spanish Ceramic Society, the American Ceramic Society, Fellow of the European Ceramic Society, and Vicepresident of the Spanish Society of Materials, and is one of the editors of the Journal of the European Ceramic Society . He has been awarded with JECS Trust Award in 2017.

Sonia R. H. Mello-Castanho
Dr. Sonia Mello-Castanho is currently Researcher and Manager director of the Materials Science and Technology Centre (CCTM) of the Institute of Nuclear and Energy Research (IPEN / CNEN-SP). She is Professor at the University of São Paulo (USP) on the Nuclear Technology - Materials. Coordinator of the research group (PG/CNPq) in Materials and Environment. She graduated in Materials Engineering by Federal University of São Carlos, obtained the Master Science in Nuclear Technology at the Institute of Nuclear and Energy Research (IPEN/USP, University of São Paulo) and the PhD in Chemistry at the Institute of Ceramics and Glass (CSIC). Her main interest deals with: - Renewable energy devices used in fuel cells, catalysts and biomass, – Environmental issues including mitigation, inerting and rehabilitation of wastewater and by-products of extractive and industrial processes, environmental policy (Rhos, WEEE), - Biocompatible ceramics, glasses and multifunctional composites for implantology. Her activity focused on environmental research management, compositional planning materials, colloidal processing, rheology, glasses and glass-ceramics, composites and natural multifunctional nanostructures.

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