More than 150 international scientists met for this year’s CellMAT 2014 in Dresden

Form 22 – 24 October 2014 more than 150 users, producers and experts in the fields of materials science and engineering, physics, chemistry and process engineering met for the 3rd „CellMAT“ in the Congress Center Dresden and discussed the latest trends and innovations in cellular materials.

The answers to questions such as how to save ressources and reduce costs in the energy sector or the automobile -  and transportation industry are with increasing frequency: through the use of cellular materials! In the fields of automotive engineering, aerospace engineering, machinery and plant engineering as well as apparatus engineering cellular materials are being used more and more. One of the advantages of cellular materials is their high total porosity and the ensuing low component mass. The growing activities in development, production and application of cellular materials were the issues of the three-day international conference in Dresden.

The „CellMat 2014“ was organized by the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Materialkunde (DGM) in cooperation with the Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg and the Fraunhofer-Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM under the direction of Dr.-Ing. Olaf Andersen from the Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden and Prof. Michael Scheffler from the Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg.

In three parallel sessions with about 120 presentations the experts discussed the production of cellular materials, the characteristics of the automobile industry, the aerospace industry, the transportation industry, as well as basic aspects such as the physical, chemical, mechanical, thermal and optical properties and the significant role these play. In addition, new fields of application for cellular structures were introduced, for example for develpments adding to energy efficiency, for lightweight constructions or for biomedical innovations with self-healing functions.

Internationally renowed experts held talks on the following topics:

Opening Speaker

Prof. John Banhart, Helmholtz-Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy, Germany

Inside cellular materials: structure exploration by imaging with X-rays and neutrons

Keynote Speakers

Prof. R. K. Bordia, Clemson University, South Carolina, USA
Hierarchical and Anisotropic Porous Ceramics for Energy Applications

Prof. B.-Y. Hur, Gyeong Sang National University, Jinju, South Korea

Development of Functional Composite Metal Foam Panel for Environmental Friendly Materials in Korea

Prof. S. Iannace, Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB-CNR), Italy

Bio-inspired multilevel architectures in hybrid organic-inorganic foams

The „CellMAT 2014“ was accompanied by an industrial exhibition in which companies and institutes presented their work regarding cellular materials

As part of the poster evening at the International Congress Centrum on the first evening of the CellMAT and und during the conference dinner at the end of the second day of the conference, which started with a guided tour through Dresden and closed with the dinner in the restaurant „Dresden 1900“, the participants were able to socialize and discuss their work in a relaxed atmosphere. 


The winners of the poster prize were selected by the members of the programme committee.

The winner of the first prize was Ali Can Kaya from the Technische Universität Berlin for his poster: „Deformation Behavior of Open-Cell Stainless Steel Foams“

The second prize was awarded to Bärbel Kloß, Technische Universität Chemnitz for her poster: „Compressive Deformation Behavior and Energy Absorption Capacity of Coated Open-Cell Aluminum Foams“ and Bastian Weisenseel, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) for his poster: „Optical Properties of Porous Carbon Nanotube Coatings on Fibrous SiC for Solarthermal Applications“

The winner received prize money to the amount of 200 Euro, the winners of the second prize received 100 Euro each.

On the third day after the conference programme about 50 participants took part in the lab tours of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM and the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS.

The date for the next CellMAT 2016 will be announced shortly.

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