Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Virtual Seminar

September 22, 2020
September 22, 2020
Presenter: Edgar Dutra Zanotto, PhD
                  Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil   
Topic: "Understanding and Developing Vitreous and Polycrystalline Materials by Simulations and Artificial Intelligence"
Time: 12:10 pm - 1:20 pm EDT
Via WebEx: 120 433 7452
Meeting Password: ZanottoMSE0922 
Abstract: In this colloquium, we will define glass (not a trivial task) and glass-ceramics, and present an experimental simulation strategy to understand the transformation of a supercooled liquid to a crystalline state. We will then show some recent results on the development of nanostructured glass-ceramics, resulting from the controlled crystallization of certain glasses, which have numerous applications in architecture, optics, dentistry, and medicine. We will also present recent results on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms to develop new glasses with programmed combinations of optical and thermal properties. The use of AI ends 6,000 years of empirical methods in the development of glasses. Future perspectives and challenges will be discussed.
Biography: Materials Engineer - Federal University of São Carlos (1976), MSc in Physics - University of São Paulo (1979), Ph.D. in Glass Technology - University of Sheffield, UK (1982). Sabbaticals: International School of Polymer Science, Ferrara, Italy, 1992. Visiting professor (Fullbright Fellow) University of Arizona (1987); University of Central Florida (2005), USA. Currently: Senior Professor at the Federal University of São Carlos. Zanotto's work includes fundamental and applied research on crystallization kinetics and properties of glasses and glass-ceramics. Zanotto's team's technological branch includes projects in partnership with 25 companies and consultancy to over 40 companies. He is interested in the development of vitreous materials with improved or new functionalities. EDZ has published over 300 scientific papers, 21 book chapters, 3 books, 5 book prefaces, filled 30 patents and advised approximately 90 graduate theses and postdocs. 28 of his ex-students and postdocs became professors or glass researchers. His leadership index is 91%. EDZ is an editor of the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids and Advisory Board Member of Int. Mat. Reviews (Key reader), S-Nature App. Sciences, Int. J. Applied Glass Science, BioMed Glasses, Materials Research, Bull. Soc Espanhola Ceramica y Vidrio, Iranian J.M.S&T, and Cerâmica. He is a member of both the Brazilian and São Paulo State Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), World Academy of Ceramics, and Fellow of Fulbright Foundation, Soc. Glass Tech, American Ceramic Society, and Brazilian Ceramic Society.
Edgar Zanotto has received 53 science awards. His glass research awards and distinctions include the Zachariasen Award, Gottardi Prize, Morey Award, Foster Prize, Turner, Cooper, Scholes Lectures, and the "Zanotto Award" created by MRS India. He delivered over 400 conference presentations, including approximately 160 invited talks and 35 plenary talks. His current positions in Brazil are Director of Fapesp's Cepid-CeRTEV, President of the São Carlos High Tech Park Foundation, Counselor Emeritus, and Director of Brazilian Ceramic Society; Council Member of IMPA and the Serrapilheira Institute. Zanotto´s international positions are JNCS Editor, ICG Crystallization Committee member, ACerS Global Ambassador, Council member of the International Ceramic Federation, and the International Commission on Glass, Advisory Board member of the European FunGlass Institute. 
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