Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics: Materials for Extreme Environment Applications IV

An ECI Conference Series

September 17-20, 2017
Cumberland Lodge
Windsor, UK

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About This Conference

Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics are a family of compounds that display a unique set of properties, including extremely high melting temperatures (>3000°C), high hardness and good chemical stability and strength at high temperatures. Structural materials for use in high-temperature oxidizing environments are presently limited mostly to SiC, Si3N4, oxide ceramics and composites of these materials. The maximum use temperatures of silicon-based ceramics is limited to ~1600°C due to the onset of active oxidation (lower temperatures in water vapour environments), whilst oxides have exhibited high creep rates at higher temperatures. The development of structural materials for use in oxidizing and rapid heating environments at temperatures above 1600°C is therefore of great engineering importance.

UHTC materials are typically considered to be the carbides, nitrides, and borides of the transition metals, but the Group IV compounds (Ti, Zr, Hf) plus TaC are generally considered to be the main focus of research due to the superior melting temperatures and stable high-melting temperature oxide that forms in situ. The combination of properties make these materials potential candidates for a variety of high-temperature structural applications, including engines, hypersonic vehicles, plasma arc electrodes, advanced nuclear fuels, fusion first walls and divertors, cutting tools, furnace elements and high temperature shielding.

A major focus of recent work is to combine the properties of the UHTC compounds with the concepts behind the design and manufacture of ceramic matrix composites, to form a new class of materials known as UHTCMCs. When this development is combined with the ongoing work on MAX phases[1], materials that share many processing characteristics with the UHTC phases, it makes sense to bring researchers working in this area together. In addition, potential applications for UHTCs and MAX phases outside of aerospace are now being researched, e.g. in nuclear, defence and other structural applications. The purpose of this meeting is to thus bring together interested parties from academia, government and industry in a single forum that allows the bench researchers to interact with designers and engineers to discuss state-of-the-art research and development efforts, what the results mean in a broader context and how to move the technology forward toward near-term and longer term use.

[1]  Materials that share both ceramic (high temperature capability, high elastic modulus) and metallic properties (machineability).

Conference Organization

Conference Chair & Co-Chair

Prof. Jon Binner, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, UK  Tel: +44-121-4144396; Email:  j.binner@bham.ac.uk

Prof. Bill Lee, Department of Materials, Imperial College, London, UK  Tel: +44-20-75946733; Email:  w.e.lee@imperial.ac.uk

Abstract Submission

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:              Closed

Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:          Closed

Poster Size:  A0 or A1

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted above.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers.  Please indicate whether the abstract should be considered for an oral or poster presentation. Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available. Thus all submissions for oral sessions will be considered for both oral and poster presentation.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically at THIS LINK

Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

Special Journal Issue

Approximately 15 papers presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of the journal Advances in Applied Ceramics; authors who are interested in their paper being considered should notify Profs Jon Binner and Bill Lee, the conference organisers, in the first instance.

Endorsing Organizations

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Conference Venue

Windsor, England:  Cumberland Lodge (http://www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk/) is the venue. It is an educational charity and conference centre in the heart of the Great Park, Windsor. Its Patron is The Queen, who has granted sole occupancy of a beautiful seventeenth-century house for discussions aimed at the betterment of society. Only 27 miles from London and a short distance from Heathrow airport, dining and accommodation are of high quality and the atmosphere is that of a friendly country house. It is a 40 – 50 min walk into Windsor, where there is Windsor Castle to explore and a good range of pubs and other amenities for socialising in the evenings.

Pre- and post-conference reservations for the ECI Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics: Materials for Extreme Environment Applications IV conference

September 17-20, 2017; Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK

Rooms are not available before or after the conference at the Cumberland Lodge.

Attendees who will arrive prior to September 17 or stay after the conference will need to reserve accommodations at a nearby hotel.

A list of some hotels in the area is available HERE.

These are just suggested hotels. Attendees are free to make pre and post conference reservations wherever they choose.


Cumberland Lodge is just 27 miles from central London, 20 minutes from Heathrow Airport (LHR), close to Gatwick Airport (38 miles) and 15 minutes from regular train services to London Waterloo, Paddington and Reading. The Lodge is also 15 minutes from the M25, M4 and M3 motorways. Taxis are readily available at both airports.

For a map and detailed directions on the various travel options please see HERE.

Conference Fees and Registration

Visa Application:  You MUST register and pay  the Conference Fees before a letter will be sent by ECI in support of your visa application.  This avoids the frequent problem whereby non-participants attempt to use ECI to obtain a visa, enter the country and then do not attend the conference.  See also Passport and Visa Service under the INFORMATION menu.

Conference Fees

The conference fees below include registration, all meals and breaks, taxes, and gratuities from the reception and dinner on Sunday through lunch on Wednesday.

Accommodations are not included in these fees as the conference hotel, Cumberland Lodge, is sold out.  

Only registration without accommodations is available.  A list of some hotels in the area is available HERE

Participant US $1,575.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to Kathy@engconfintl.org) US $1,160.00

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI (info@engconfintl.org) for pricing.

Conference Registration

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If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email tressa@engconfintl.org.

Student Support

Support for students available – Apply by August 7, 2017

There are three sources of financial support available to help university students, at all levels, to attend the conference.  Preference will be given to PhD students working on research activities relevant to ultra-high temperature ceramics.  All students receiving funding from any of the sources below MUST present a paper, either oral or poster.  An abstract should be submitted on-line (https://ssl.linklings.net/conferences/uhtc/) prior to submission of the financial support application.

The Journal of the European Ceramic Society (JECS) Trust, part of the European Ceramic Society, has made €5000 available to support students based in Europe to attend the conference.  Note that anyone receiving funding from this source will need to write a final report for the JECS Trust and, if they want their paper (oral or poster) published they need to submit it to the Journal of the European Ceramic Society.  Maximum bids to this funding source is €500 per student.

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF), part of the American Ceramic Society, has made $2500 available to support students based in the USA to attend the conference.  Note that anyone receiving funding from this source will need to write a final report for the CGIF Board.  Maximum bids to this funding source is $500 per student.

The European Office of Aerospace Research and Development (EOARD) will provide $10,000 to support students from anywhere in the world to attend the conference.  Note that anyone receiving funding from this source will need to write a final report for the EOARD.  Maximum bids to this funding source will be $500 per student.

Applicants should complete the application at https://ssl.linklings.net/conferences/uhtc/ no later than 7 August 2017.

Special Notes for Payment

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis.

All participants are encouraged to register before August 11, 2017.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date and hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. Any additional costs for special meal requests must be paid by the participant to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment is made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to kathy@engconfintl.org.  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received fewer than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations can be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund provided that ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

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Preliminary Program

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