The European Ceramic Society


Mar 3, 2022

YCN Newsletter : Women in Ceramics by Iva Milisavljevic

During my growing up and all the way to my undergraduate student days, I had always been surrounded by strong female role models, whether those were the teachers, professors, or the women who supported me along the way in my education. 

However, once I started my Ph.D. studies, I realized that the circle of female scientists, and therefore, mentors and role models to young researchers, narrows, making the overall support system, especially for female engineers, very limited. However, there are ways how we can change this! You can be an advocate for your female colleagues at your institution (whether it is a university, institute, company, or someplace else) and support them in their journey; or you can, as I did, join professional societies, such as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) as well as The American Ceramic Society, and support the female scientists in reaching their full potentials in careers as engineers and leaders. Although a lot has been done in the past years in making the research environment more diverse and inclusive, there are still many problems to be addressed, such as the pay gap, implicit bias, unfair social and cultural norms, and many others, which still limit the number of women in science and research. Therefore, empowering the next generation of female researchers is the only way to create a world where diversity is celebrated and seen as a value.

In my case, no matter at which stage of education or life I was, striving towards professional excellence has always been one of my main focuses, and I can only thank my female mentors for the support they provided to me. As a Ph.D. student in Ceramic Engineering at Alfred University, I have been researching the novel method of solid-state growth of single crystals. This method, compared to, for example, conventional single crystal growth techniques that require melting of the material, allows for the growth of single crystals without reaching the melting point of the material and by utilizing the traditional sintering equipment, making the whole process much simpler and cost-efficient. Moreover, the solid-state growth method circumvents some of the long-standing issues related to conventional techniques. It even enables the fabrication of single crystals of new or complex chemical compositions or compositions that exhibit incongruent melting. With the fast technology development, the need for single crystals with specific properties will only rise in the future and, perhaps, the application of alternative techniques such as solid-state growth will be the critical technology in meeting those demands. My research includes investigating the mechanism and kinetics of the growth of single crystals using this interesting new solid-state method.


Iva Milisavljevic, Alfred University, Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, Alfred, 14802 New York, USA




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Jun 13, 2024
Next deadline for the JECS Trust mobility Grant is 31st August 2024!

Please note that the decisions of the JECS Trust board will not be known before Mid-October 2024 and so the project submitted must not begin before mid-November 2024.

Jun 10, 2024
2024 ECerS International Ceramist Student Exchange Program – 3rd call!

In the frame of the 2024 ECerS International Student exchange program, ECerS is opening a third call, this time to allow grants to European Students to attend the 2024 Fall meeting of Korean Ceramic Society (COEX) that will be organised by the Korean Ceramic Society in Seoul, Korea, from 16th to 18th October 2024.


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