The European Ceramic Society


Sep 6, 2022

Obituary Professor Luc Vandeperre

We recently sadly learned that Professor Luc Vandeperre passed away

Luc Vandeperre received both his Masters of Engineering (1993) and Ph.D in Materials Science (1998) from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. He was awarded the 1997 Scientific Prize of the Belgian Ceramic Society for his PhD work. Since then he has worked as a post-doctoral researcher in academia and as a staff member in commercial research (Vito, Belgium). He joined Imperial College in November 2006 from the University of Cambridge and is now Professor of Structural Ceramics. He has long experience in processing as well as in measuring and understanding the mechanical properties of ceramics and cements. As a member of the Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics (CASC), he worked on a range of ceramic as well as cement related projects spanning processing hard ceramics for armour, tailoring mullite for micro-turbine applications, thermal shock of and conversion from cements of refractories, ultra high temperature ceramics for aerospace, re-use of ashes from industrial processes and cements for nuclear waste encapsulation.

He was a fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and of the UK higher education academy and a member of the American Ceramic Society for whom he co-organised the annual symposium on ultra high temperature ceramics.

Professor Luc Vandeperre obtained the title of ECerS Fellow in 2021.

ECerS Fellows are persons of good reputation and who have been a member of a national ceramic organization that is affiliated to the European Ceramic Society at least five years continuously when nominated.

The grade of Fellow proves their outstanding contributions to the ceramic arts or sciences; through broad and productive scholarship in ceramic science and technology, by conspicuous achievement in ceramic industry or by outstanding service to the Society.

Condolences to his family and his friends. 

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