B-MRS member is co-author of the 2017-2018 “best paper” of the Journal of the European Ceramic Society.


Prof. Victor C. Pandolfelli
Prof. Victor C. Pandolfelli

Professor Victor C. Pandolfelli (DEMa – UFSCar), a member of B-MRS, is a co-author of the scientific paper chosen for the JECS Best Paper Award, a biennial prize of the Journal of the European Ceramic Society (impact factor 3,794) for the best paper published in this journal.

The article chosen for the period 2017-2018 is “Nacre-like ceramic refractories for high temperature applications” (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2017.10.042), and is signed by seven authors, four of them Brazilians, including Pandolfelli.

The JECS Best Paper Award will be presented during the 16th Conference and Exhibition of the European Ceramic Society (Turin, Italy, June 16-22, 2019). It will be the first time the prize is given to authors from the American continent.

According to Pandolfelli, the work proposes a new advanced ceramic material, of relatively low cost and simple processing, for applications in temperatures of up to 1,400°C. The material exhibits high mechanical strength and high fracture energy. Its microstructure is bioinspired.

Figure shows the propagation of the crack in a plane perpendicular to the mechanical loading, very similar to what would happen when testing, for example, a piece of bamboo.
Figure shows the propagation of the crack in a plane perpendicular to the mechanical loading, very similar to what would happen when testing, for example, a piece of bamboo.