Among the challenges to be faced by today´s society, environmental impact and energy efficiency of manufacturing processes are some of the most urgent ones. The European Green Deal  defines the actions to be taken, including decarbonization of all the economic sectors by 2050. This can be achieved by implementing alternative, environmentally friendly technologies into the manufacturing processes. The focus should be on the sectors that are currently the main contributors to energy consumption and pollution. This is the case in the ceramics industry. Ceramics can be highly damaging to natural and social systems during their lifecycle. European manufacturers of ceramics (including, refractories, wall and floor tiles, and bricks and roof tile) emit Mt CO2 per year 19, while globally, bricks manufacturing is responsible for 2.7% of carbon emissions annually. In addition, the current energy crises, caused by geopolitical constraints with unpredictable gas prices, are severally aggravating the ceramics industry jeopardizing even its existence, at least in Europe. So, it is imperative to take action, widen the discussion, involve all the stakeholders, and influence decision-makers.
It is precisely within this context that lies the motivation behind this workshop. Workshop on Energy and Decarbonization of the Ceramics Industry aims to discuss the decarbonization of the ceramics industry through a holistic point of view. We intend to identify and discuss: 1. the main determinants of energy and carbon emissions emerging from the ceramics industry; 2. the benefits to the ceramic industry from adopting more low-carbon technologies and identification of barriers to implementing it; 3. current and new alternatives for implementation and research.Read more
The 10th International Conference on High Temperature Capillarity aims at issues related to surfaces and interfaces, wetting and capillarity in materials themselves as well as in materials processing and operating at elevated temperatures.
Organised by Brno University of Technology and CSNMT - Czech Society for New Materials and Technologies
MSMF10 will be focused on fundamental relations between structural and mechanical characteristics of materials. Papers dealing with structure and damage modelling based on atomistic and micromechanistic approaches are particularly welcome.
Atomistic studies on deformation and fracture; Deformation and fracture models based on crystal defects behaviour; Mathematical modelling microstructure, deformation and fracture; Multiaxial deformation and fracture, experiment and modelling; Nanomaterials: technology, microstructure, mechanical properties, modelling; Biomaterials: microstructure, mechanical properties, modelling; Surface and interface microstructure and properties; Advanced experimental and theoretical methods for microstructure investigation; Experimental studies on the relation between microstructure and mechanical properties; Micromechanisms of fracture and fatigue (ESIS Technical Committee 2).
Deadline for abstracts: Feb 5, 2022
SPM strongly believes that FEMS Junior EUROMAT is the ideal instrument to consolidate the noble mission of engaging and educating young people in the area of Materials. For the coordination of the organization of FEMS Junior EUROMAT 2022 we engaged the services of a young Professor from the University of Minho, member of the Executive Committee of SPM.Read more