The European Ceramic Society


Mar 3, 2022

YCN Newsletter : Women in Ceramics by Karolina Warchal

I am Karolina Warchal and I work as a Process Engineer in NGK Ceramics Europe SA in Baudour, Belgium. NGK site in Baudour produces ceramic catalyst supports for vehicles. My current work focuses on production process optimization as well as product quality improvement.

Prior to that, I had the opportunity to work in two European research centers dedicated to ceramics, i.e. IRCER in Limoges, France and BCRC (Belgian Ceramic Research Center) in Mons, Belgium. My adventure with research on ceramic materials started with my PhD in Limoges. My experimental work was focused on ternary carbides known as MAX phases, i.e Ti3SiC2 and Ti2AlC compounds. The general objective of my dissertation was to determine the correlation between microstructural characteristics of MAX phases as for example the average grain size and their mechanical behavior using Acoustic Emission technique.

At BCRC I had the possibility to widen areas of my research interest as I worked on multiple projects. However, the biggest part of my research was dedicated to optimization of SPS sintering conditions for B4C based composites and SiC composites. Both materials are known for being challenging in terms of sintering conditions.

From my perspective, now we are living in the best time of history for women in science. Nowadays, women are equally present in scientific world as men which is fantastic. Personally, I hope that this trend will continue, and gender will not be a subject of matter in a workplace in general.

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Oct 6, 2023
YCN Newsletter 18 - New YCN Representative call

You can now apply to the YCN Representative position here! Deadline for applications is October 31st 2023.

Oct 6, 2023
Next Deadline to apply to the JECS Trust is 30th November 2023!

Please note that the decisions of the JECS Trust board will not be known before end of February 2024. Activities submitted for the deadline of 30th November 2023 for support from the JECS Trust should then not begin before mid-March 2024.


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