By: Kelly A. Salzo
The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) has awarded the 2015 Edward C. Henry Award to George A. Rossetti, Jr. and Adam A. Heitmann for their paper, “Thermodynamics of ferroelectric solid solutions with morphotropic phase boundaries,” published as a Feature Article in Journal of the American Ceramic Society. Based in part on Dr. Heitmann’s dissertation, their research utilized the Landau theory of phase transitions to develop “a thermodynamic framework useful for guiding experimental investigations of ferroelectric solid solutions and for generating energy functions used in constitutive modeling and phase field simulations of microstructure and properties.”
“The Edward C. Henry Award is given annually to an outstanding paper reporting original work in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society or the American Ceramic Society Bulletin during the previous calendar year on a subject related to electronic ceramics.” The ACerS Electronic Division’s Committee on Awards and Scholarships selects the winning paper based on originality of content, scientific and technical merit, and quality of presentation.
Drs. Heitmann and Rossetti will be formally presented with the award Monday, October 5th, during the Materials Science and Technology 2015 conference held in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Rossetti is an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He received a Ph.D. in Solid State Science from The Pennsylvania State University, was a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University, and carried out ceramics research in industry for more than a decade. He joined IMS in 2006 where his research has focused on thermodynamics and crystallography of structural phase transformations, microstructure evolution, and structure-property relations in electroactive ceramics.
Dr. Heitmann received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2012. After completing a post doctorate fellowship at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI he joined as an engineer working in the Devices, Sensors, Materials R&D branch. His research focuses on domain-engineered relaxor ferroelectric single crystals and the influence of crystallographic orientation on electromechanical behavior under naval operating conditions.