Professor Ricardo H.R. Castro, chair of Lehigh’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will teach a short course on the sintering of ceramics, offered by the American Ceramic Society in mid-September.

The online course, which provides nine hours of instruction in 90-minute sessions across six days, is geared toward ceramics-industry professionals as well as engineers and researchers at national laboratories and in academia.

Employees from leading companies (such as Almatis, Apple, DuPont, GE, Honeywell, Ion Storage Systems, Lam Research, and Saint-Gobain) and personnel from Argonne, Oak Ridge, Sandia, and Idaho national labs and research institutions (including Carnegie Mellon, Case Western, Cornell, and Northwestern universities) have attended the course in previous years.

Sintering, according to the course description, “is a ubiquitous processing step for manufacturing ceramics for a diverse set of applications,” including powder processing of ceramic parts. It also plays key roles in processes related to additive manufacturing, nanotechnology, and thin films.

Sintering of Ceramics 2023 participants will “learn how to process ceramics for advanced applications ranging from electronics to rockets,” says Castro, who is a world-renowned nanomaterials researcher. 

Prior to joining the Lehigh faculty, Castro served as Chancellor’s Leadership Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California-Davis and led the Nanoceramics Thermochemistry Laboratory. The lab focused on the fundamental understanding of nanomaterials and their behavior under processing and service in extreme environments, such as high temperatures, complex chemistries, and radiation.

Sessions will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon ET, September 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21.

Learn more about the course and register (early rate deadline is August 12) on the ACS website.