March 5, 2020

In This Issue

Record-Setting Attendance at TMS2020

More than 4,600 scientists, engineers, and students from around the world gathered at the TMS 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2020) in San Diego, California, February 23–27, making it the best attended conference in TMS history. Attendees could choose from more than 3,500 technical presentations at more than 85 symposia, meet with representatives from 80 companies in the TMS2020 Exhibit Hall, and reflect on the collected knowledge shared at the meeting by downloading 11 proceedings volumes. 

On Monday, February 24, the TMS2020 all-conference plenary session was led by John Mason, Director, Gas Turbine Products Engineering at Solar Turbines Inc., a company headquartered in the TMS2020 host city of San Diego. Mason delivered the talk, "Leveraging Materials Innovation to Drive Industrial Gas Turbine Performance and Secure a Sustainable Future," which presented an overview of the work being done at Solar Turbines and the materials engineering innovations that are driving gas turbine technology development at the company. "The future is bright for materials engineers—especially for materials engineers working in the gas turbine industries," he concluded.

Throughout the week, a number of new features were introduced at TMS2020, including: 

  • William D. Nix Lecture Symposium: This inaugural symposium honored Robert O. Ritchie, University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Ritchie was the first recipient of the new William D. Nix Award; applications for the 2021 award will be accepted through April 1.
  • Materials and Manufacturing Innovation Spotlight Luncheon: Three respected technical experts and leaders in their fields explored the concepts and technologies that are revolutionizing the materials and manufacturing arenas at this inaugural event. Held on Thursday afternoon, the final day of TMS2020 programming, this session ended the conference on a forward-looking note.
  • Diffusion Zone Preview: In the exhibit hall, TMS introduced several new enhanced elements for its poster session, including digital posters, invited posters, and a poster rating tool accessed through the TMS2020 app, among other things. The full Diffusion Zone features will be rolled out at the TMS 2021 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Orlando.
  • Silent Sessions: Several sessions in the Characterization and Nuclear Materials technical tracks piloted silent-session technology, in which audience members could listen to presentations through headsets. This enabled them to adjust volume to their preferred level and easily move between sessions in related interest areas.
For photos and recaps of meeting events, read TMS2020 News, the event’s daily, at-meeting newsletter. More extensive coverage of TMS2020 will be published in the June issue of JOM.

Meet the 2020 TMS President

Tom Battle, extractive metallurgy consultant, was installed as 2020 TMS President during the TMS-AIME (American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers) Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, February 26, at TMS2020. A member of TMS for more than 30 years, Battle has been active in the Extraction & Processing Division (EPD) Council for nearly 20 years, serving in a number of leadership roles that culminated in his 2008–2011 TMS Board of Directors service as the EPD Chair.

Battle addressed TMS2020 attendees at the awards ceremony, encouraging his fellow members to get involved with the Society. "TMS is an organization that is mainly driven from the bottom up, so we rely on our volunteer members at the technical committee level to help the rest of the organization and the Board to move forward," said Battle. "Now is a great time for you to become more involved with the Society."

As Battle's presidential year began, James C. Foley, of Los Alamos National Laboratory, ended his term as 2019 TMS president by looking back at what the Society as a whole has done and what he personally has achieved in the past year
"All in all," he said. "I think the Society and I both did a pretty good job of making good on our promises."
The change in TMS leadership also included Ellen Cerreta, Los Alamos National Laboratory, moving into the role of 2020 TMS Vice President. Cerreta will serve as TMS president in 2021.

PbZn and Electrometallurgy Featured at TMS2020

TMS2020 hosted two special events at this year's conference, developed in partnership with international collaborators: the 9th International Symposium on Lead and Zinc Processing (PbZn 2020) and the 3rd International Symposium on Electrometallurgy (Electrometallurgy 2020). 

Three plenary sessions, two short courses, and more than 20 technical sessions  were among the highlights of PbZn 2020. Organized by TMS, PbZn 2020 was co-organized by the Metallurgy and Materials Society (MetSoc) of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM); Germany's Gesellschaft der Metallurgen und Bergleute; and The Mining and Materials Processing Institute of Japan. The Nonferrous Metals Society of China was a co-sponsoring society for 2020 and will host the next installment of the meeting in 2023.

The symposium opened on Monday morning with a plenary session on the future outlook for lead and zinc, which was introduced by Andreas Siegmund, LanMetCon LLC, who chaired the organizing committee. 2020 TMS Extraction & Processing Division Distinguished Lecturer Philip Mackey of Worley then took listeners on a whirlwind tour, stopping at 46 lead and zinc smelters in 24 countries in the course of his presentation. The plenary series continued on Tuesday morning, looking this time at current challenges and opportunities. It included a presentaton by Maurits Van Camp, Umicore, focused on the steps the lead industry needs to take to continue its path toward sustainability. The PbZn 2020 symposium held its final plenary session on lead and zinc sustainability and social license on Wednesday morning. Two short courses were held to complement PbZn programming: the two-day Lead Processing Course and a one-day Zinc Processing Course.

On Monday and Tuesday, Electrometallurgy 2020 featured three oral presentation sessions on hydrometallurgy, molten salts, and applications to battery or materials synthesis and one poster session. On Wednesday and Thursday, Electrometallurgy hosted Sadoway 70, an honorary symposium dedicated to the innovative contributions of Donald Sadoway, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Luis Ortiz, LAO Consulting, opened the Sadoway 70 symposium with the presentation, "Better Living through Electrochemistry: Innovation and Incrementalism," which looked at Sadoway's work in process electrometallurgy, battery energy storage, and advanced ironmaking.

Electrometallurgy 2020 was organized by TMS and MetSoc of CIM, with leadership from the TMS Extraction & Processing Division and support from the Hydrometallurgy and Electrometallurgy, Process Modeling and Technology, and Pyrometallurgy Committees of TMS.

Colorado Defends Materials Bowl Title

The Colorado School of Mines "Orediggers" team successfully defended their title as Materials Bowl champions at the 2020 TMS Materials Bowl, a materials-themed knowledge and trivia competition for university students. The team faced off against the University of Illinois "Speedy Spinels" in the final round of the day-long competition on Sunday, February 23.
This is the third consecutive win for the school and their eighth win overall. View a full listing of past Materials Bowl winners here

2019 TMS President James C. Foley (pictured, center) presented the trophy to the winning team members (pictured, from left to right): John Copley, Cierra Dellarova, Melissa Thrun, and Chad Haunschild.

The event was sponsored by Goodfellow.

TMS2020 Student Poster Competition Winners Announced

The following posters were honored for excellence in the 2020 Technical Division Student Poster Competition on Monday, February 24.

Extraction & Processing Division (EPD)

Graduate: "An X-ray Spectromicroscopy Study of the Calcium Mineralization in the JEB Tailings Management Facility at McClean Lake, Saskatchewan," Arthur Situm, University of Saskatchewan

Functional Materials Division (FMD)

Graduate: "Healable Transparent Supramolecular Polymer Nanocomposites-based Energy Storage Device for Wearables and Robotics," Gurunathan Thangavel, Nanyang Technological University

Undergraduate: "Development of an All Solid-state Printed Carbon Electrode Utilizing Nickel Oxide/oxyhydroxide for Phosphate Detection," Sookyoung Jeong, Purdue University

Light Metals Division (LMD)

Graduate: "Effects of Mg and Si Additions to Novel Al-Ce base Alloys for Aerospace Applications," Manny de Jesus-Lopez, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Undergraduate: "Effects of Mg+Si Additions on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Al-Ce-Sr based Alloys," Ramon Padin, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division (MPMD)

Graduate: "Modeling and Predicting Longitudinal Defect Mechanisms in Steel Continuous Casting," Matthew Zappulla, Colorado School of Mines

Undergraduate: "Overcoming Oxidation of CMSX-4 to Determine the Thermophysical Properties in the Liquid State," Zane Smith, Purdue University

Structural Materials Division (SMD)

Graduate: "Deformation Mechanisms in Immm-Ni2(Cr,Mo,W)-containing Haynes® 244® Superalloy," Thomas Mann, Purdue University

Undergraduate: "Computational Indicators of Ductility in Compositionally-complex B2 Alloys," Emily Hwang, Harvey Mudd College

Looking Ahead to TMS2021

Plans are now underway for the TMS 2021 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2021), which marks the 150th anniversary for the TMS Annual Meeting.  A number of special anniversary features are planned for this historic installment of the conference, and two events will be co-located with TMS2021: the 5th International Symposium on Nickel and Cobalt (Ni-Co 2021) and Diversity in the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Professions 4 (DMMM4).

TMS2021 will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida. Book your housing now to reserve your place in the center of the action, and mark your calendars with the following key dates for TMS2021:
  • Symposium proposals are due March 15 for TMS2021
  • Abstract deadline has been extended to April 30, 2020 for Ni-Co 2021
  • Call for Abstracts for all other TMS2021 symposia will open in May 2020
  • Conference Dates will be March 14–18, 2021
Begin your planning today and join us for our 150th anniversary celebration in Orlando!