Bulk metallic glasses focus of international forum at WashU

More than 100 engineers and scientists came to Washington University in St. Louis from 12 countries June 5-9 for the 11th International Conference on Bulk Metallic Glasses.

Bulk metallic glass experts shared their work in poster session that was part of an international conference held at WashU. Photo by Whitney Curtis.

The conference, hosted by the Institute of Materials Science & Engineering (IMSE), provided an international forum to discuss recent innovations in the fundamental science, design and applications and applications of bulk metallic glasses. In addition to presentations by prominent speakers from around the work, and a poster session featuring the research of students and other young researchers, the conference included breakout sessions on application-focused glass design and other commercialization topics. Two of the world's most prominent metallic glass innovators, Akihisa Inoue of Tianjin University in Tianjin, China, and William L. Johnson of the California Institute of Technology, presented keynote lectures.

Kenneth Kelton, the Arthur Holly Compton Professor of Arts and Sciences and director of the IMSE, and Katharine Flores, professor and associate chair for materials science and incoming director of IMSE, both of WashU; and T.G. Nieh, professor of materials science & engineering at the University of Tennessee, were organizing co-chairs of the conference.

The conference was sponsored by Materion and JEOL, as well as two individual contributors: Nieh and C.T. Liu of City University of Hong Kong.

"This was the first time in more than a decade that the BMG conference was held in the U.S., and we were proud to bring such a diverse audience to St. Louis and have the opportunity to display the IMSE and the related research going on at Washington University," Flores says. "We were particularly excited by the level of industry involvement, and we hope that the discussions started here will continue to spur new innovations and applications for metallic glasses."

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