As the major society of the ceramics community, ACerS focuses on scientific research, emerging technologies and applications of ceramics around the globe. To become a fellow, a member needs to have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the ceramic arts or sciences, broad and productive scholarship in ceramic science and technology and outstanding service to the society.
“Dr. Du is a dedicated leader as well as an excellent scientist in ceramic and glass science fields, and has made significant contributions to ACerS by leading ACerS Glass and Optical Materials Division, organizing many ACerS conferences, and serving as an editor of the 'Journal of the American Ceramic Society,'” said ACerS President Tatsuki Ohji.
Du has been a longstanding expert in the field of ceramics, and particularly, within the study of glass materials. His research focuses on advancing and understanding the structure and properties of glass materials, defects and interfaces in ceramics, by using state-of-the-art atomistic computer simulations and advanced characterizations. He led the Functional Glasses and Materials Modeling Laboratory at UNT where he and his group study glass materials for biomedical, energy, and environmental applications. He’s published more than 160 peer-reviewed papers, one book and three book chapters within the materials science and engineering field. His research grants totaling nearly $4 million since joining UNT have been funded by industry and governmental agencies, including the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and Army Research Laboratory.
“It’s a great honor to become a fellow of my home society. It means a lot to me personally to be recognized as a fellow,” said Du.
Du became a member of ACerS in graduate school and has been heavily involved in the society since. He is the current chair of the ACerS Glass and Optical Materials Division and has been on the executive committee of the division over the past four years. He’s organized and chaired a number of conferences, symposia or sessions in the society and materials research field, including serving as program chair for the 2018 Glass and Optical Materials Division annual meeting held in San Antonio.