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Vol. 32 No. 2
March-April 2010

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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High Temperature Materials Chemistry

by Alexandra Navrotsky

The 13th IUPAC Conference on High Temperature Materials Chemistry (HTMC XIII), held 14–18 September 2009 at the University of California, Davis, was the 13th conference in a series of triennial meetings, with the previous two held in 2003 in Tokyo (Japan) and in 2006 in Vienna (Austria).

The conference, under the sponsorship of IUPAC, was organized by the Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory and Nanomaterials in the Environment, Agriculture, and Technology Organized Research Unit of the University of California, Davis. Financial assistance was provided by NASA, SGTE, SETARAM, NETZSCH as well as by the University of California, Davis.

Conference participants gather in front of Giedt Hall at the University of California, Davis.

More than 75 participants from 14 countries worldwide came to Davis to present their research in the field of high-temperature materials chemistry and to interact with each other in a lively scientific setting. Of these participants, nearly 20 percent were women and nearly 10 percent were from underrepresented countries in the scientific community. A considerable number of scientists had an opportunity to attend the HTMC conference for the first time, due to financial support by the local organizers through waived or reduced registration fees. These young scientists were able to network with peers and senior colleagues from around the world.

The program covered a wide variety of scientific topics including high-temperature geologic processes, high-pressure transitions, metals and alloys, carbides, and energy related materials. The following sampling of plenary lectures reflects the diversity of the field:

  • “Calorimetric Measurement of the Interface Energy Using Nanoparticles” by Ricardo Castro (United States and Brazil)
  • “NI-Base Superalloys: When Basic Knowledge Meets Applications” by Susana Fries (Germany)
  • “Pressure and Temperature Effects on the Structure of Oxide Melts” by Jonathan Stebbins (United States)
  • “Post-Perovskite Transition and Magnetic and Charge Transport Properties of the Correlated 4d Post-Perovskite CaRhO3” by Kazunari Yamaura (Japan)
Attendees at the conference banquet in Old Town Sacramento.

In addition to plenary lectures, the conference included topic-focused lectures and a poster session. The conference was sponsored by IUPAC and organized by the Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory and Nanomaterials in the Environment, Agriculture, and Technology Organized Research Unit of the University of California, Davis. The local organizing committee was chaired by Alexandra Navrotsky. Financial assistance was provided by NASA, SGTE, SETARAM, NETZSCH, and the University of California, Davis.

The social program included an excursion to historic Old Sacramento followed by a banquet in the Firehouse Restaurant. Tours were given of the Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory.

The HMTC XII was a success in that it provided an open environment of collaboration for scientists from the fields of chemistry, geology, and materials science who are working in the area of high-temperature phenomena in solid and liquid materials. Many of the participating attendees greatly anticipate attending HTMC XIV, which will be held in 2012 in Beijing, China.

Alexandra Navrotsky, a distinguished professor at the University of California, Davis, was chair of the local organizing committee.


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