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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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May 16, 2024
New YCN Special Issue on Open Ceramics - Young Ceramists leading the Future

The special issue will accept hitherto unpublished original results submitted both in the form of full-length scientific papers and short communications, but also review papers on the topics in the list.

May 6, 2024
Results of the 1st Bioceramics Student Speech Contest

The ECerS Bioceramics Network is delighted to announce the winners of the 1st Bioceramics Student Speech Contest, which took place online from 17 to 18 April 2024!

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