Plenary Lectures

Biography of Zhengyi Fu

Zhengyi Fu is the director of the State Kay Lab of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, and a Cheung Kong Scholar of the Ministry of Education of China. He is an academician of the World Academy of Ceramics, a fellow of the American Ceramic Society, an editor-in-chief of the Ceramics International.
His research fields are focused on multifunctional ceramics and ceramic-based composites, structural/functional integrative composites, novel structure and properties, in-situ reaction synthesis and processing, fast and ultra-fast sintering, bioprocess-inspired synthesis and fabrication.
He has published 350 scientific papers and obtained 60 patents. He has been awarded two Second-class Award of National Technology Invention Prizes (2012, 2015) and one Third-class Award of National Science and Technology Progress Prize (1997) issued by the State Council of China. He was awarded the IUMRS Award 2018, Engineering Valour of the Russian Academy of Engineering (2018), Global Star Award from ECD of the American Ceramic Society (2017), Outstanding Contributions Award of the Korean Materials Research Society (2017), J. S. Minhas Award of the Indian Ceramic Society (2017), China National Innovation Award (2017), the American Ceramic Society Global Ambassador (2016), National Science Award for Distinguished Young Scholars (1999).

Monday 17 June / 09.00 • Aula Magna


Bioprocess-inspired Synthesis and Fabrication for Inorganic Materials

Zhengyi Fu
State Key Lab of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing
Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China

In studying and mimicking the well-defined structures or unique functions of natural materials, scientists have succeeded in designing and making of bio-inspired materials in the past twenty years. Furthermore, the structure forming processes of bio-systems as the result of billion years of evolution are of equal fantastic, which are carried in most cases at room temperature and are different from artificial synthesis and processing needing raised or high temperature or even pressure. Therefore, natural structure-forming processes are also well worth studying as inspiration for developing novel techniques for materials synthesis and processing, and a new research direction “bioprocess-inspired fabrication” has been proposed. It is suggested that we can learn from bioprocesses, e.g. biomineralization process, photosynthesis process and other bioprocesses, to design and develop novel fabrication technologies for new structures and functions.In this talk, I will report the recent research work and results aboutbiomineralization-inspired, photosynthesis-inspired and other bioprocess-inspired synthesis and processing, evaluate new ideas and directions need to be emphasized in the future. The bioprocess-inspired approach extends present chemical methodology to produce materials, especially under environmentally benign conditions.

Biography of Tommaso Ghidini

Dr. Tommaso Ghidini is the Head of the Structures, Mechanisms and Materials Division at the European Space Agency. With its world class laboratories and computational centres, the Division guarantees the structural integrity of the entire range of ESA Space programmes and missions. After obtaining the Ph. D. in Germany, and before joining ESA, Dr. Ghidini has worked for AIRBUS on all major civil and military programmes of the European aeronautical industry including the A380, A350 and A400M aircrafts. He has received a number of international awards for major aerospace industrial achievements and developments and is invited to lecture in some of the most prestigious European universities.

Monday 17 June / 09.45 • Aula Magna


Ceramics for Space and in Space

Tommaso Ghidini
European Space Agency – ESA/ESTEC
Structures, Mechanisms and Materials Division, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Fundamental advancements in space technology and exploration have been made possible by many specific breakthroughs in ceramic materials and associated manufacturing processes.

A bright example is the ESA giant infrared telescope used on the Herschel Mission. The 3.5 m-diameter Silicon Carbide (SiC) primary mirror of the Herschel telescope is the largest astronomical telescope ever launched and is giving astronomers their best view of the Universe at far-infrared and sub millimetre wavelengths. Its development to space standards required more than one decade and needed the conquering of a succession of highly sophisticated processes. Mastering each of these advanced manufacturing technologies brought a unique competitive advantage to Europe and enabled the development of extremely challenging space missions. Ceramics based mirrors and telescopes are enabling ESA’s spacecraft to accurately measure the dark matter and the accelerated expansion of the Universe, to precisely map and characterise the stars systems, to search for life on other planets.

But ceramics are enabling materials also for the manufacturing of high performance propulsion and re-entry systems, of ultra-stable optical and payload structures, of long duration bearings and mechanisms as well as for planetary habitat construction on the Moon and Mars.

This Plenary Lecture will give a comprehensive overview of the main applications where ceramics are exposed to some of the most demanding and hostile environments in which human engineering products are required to function for both space exploration and settlement. It will cover the full spectrum of testing and structural assessments activities required to achieve spaceflight qualification and it will give an outlook on future and most promising trends.