Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) Symposia

A New International Engagement Opportunity

The Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) and TMS will join the technical expertise and talents of their volunteer organizers to offer a selection of new symposia at the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting (TMS2018) & Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona, March 11–15. Topics will explore science and technologies from the perspective of developments in Europe.

Planned Symposia

Nanocellulose Fibrils: A New Constituent in Materials Research

Organizer: Lars Berglund, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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Cellulose has primarily been used in the form of chemical pulp fibers for paper and board applications, although cellulose fibers are also the key component or precursor to cotton textiles and Rayon or Viscose fibers. Recently, industrially feasible processes have been introduced for disintegration of cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) from the plant cell wall. CNF has been used to prepare nanopaper, aerogels, hydrogels, polymer matrix biocomposites, inorganic hybrids and many other types of materials. Research related to CNF encompasses a number of areas, including structure-property relationships, colloidal behavior, materials preparation studies, and topochemical modification.

This symposium will examine the potential, development, and application of CNF. Presentations on preparation methods and structure-property relationships, including interface studies involving molecular dynamics simulations, are highly encouraged. The potential of water-based processing is of particular interest.

Process Intensification in Pyrometallurgical Systems

Organizers: Bart Blanpain, K.U. Leuven; Nikolaos Michailidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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Topics of interest for this symposium include, but are not limited to:
  • Energy density increases in electric, gas, or other fueled furnaces
  • Higher rates of gas injection per liquid volume in bath smelting operations
  • Higher degrees of oxygen enrichment, higher firing rates, advanced burner designs
  • Advances in furnace types from low intensity, e.g. reverb, to flash or beyond, e.g. plasma
  • Changes required to the vessels to maintain vessel integrity at higher processing speeds
  • Impacts of high rates of processing on deviation from equilibrium
  • Strategies to enhance heat and mass transport to maintain traditional processing efficiency/thermal efficiency
  • On-line measurement and other improved process controls which allow for high processing intensities

Abstracts are also being accepted for all other TMS2018 programming. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2017.