Summer School

Non-conventional sintering: science and technology

University of Trento, Italy
5 June 2023
6 June 2023
7 June 2023
Palazzo di Economia - Via Inama 5, Trento
Conference room - Via Rosmini, Trento
Target audience: 
University community
Registration fee – Registration required
Registration deadline: 
21 May 2023, 23:59
Contact details:


Non-conventional sintering is emerging as a powerful tool to decrease the carbon footprint of the ceramic industry and as a new approach to obtain out-of-equilibrium materials, (including metastable phases, organic-inorganic composite and modified defect chemistries) which results in a bunch of novel mechanical and functional properties.

The Summer School aims at deepening the fundamental scientific and technological aspects of non-conventional sintering, including the effect of very high heating rates, electromagnetic field, electrical currents and the presence of liquids.

The event is open to Master and PhD students, young PostDocs and professionals, who want to deepen their knowledge on cutting-edge sintering processes and technologies.


The programme is divided into five sessions, organized in two and a half days as follows:

Monday, June 5th

09.30-10.00    Welcome speech and introduction to the Summer School 
10.00-11.00    Defect chemistry in context of non-conventional sintering technologies (M. Biesuz, University of Trento, Italy)
11.00-11.30    Coffee break
11.30-12.30    New insights into sintering mechanisms and models from in situ TEM (S. Dillon, University of California, USA)

12.30-13.30    Lunch break

13.30-14.30    Sintering modeling, from conventional to advanced sintering processes (C. Maniere, Normandy University, France)
14.30-15.30    Introduction to novel sintering technologies and their technical implementation (M. Bram, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany)
15.30-16.00    Coffee break
16.00-17.00    High heating rate sintering: from flash sintering to UHS and blacklight sintering (W. Rheinheimer, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany)

17.00-18.00    Poster session

Tuesday, June 6th

09.00-10.00    Joule heating mediated pressureless rapid sintering of ceramics (A. Kocjan, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
10.00-11.00    Spark plasma sintering : from the genesis of a research tool to design new materials to its transfer in industry (C. Estournes, French National Centre for Scientific Research, France)
11.00-11.30    Coffee break
11.30-12.30    SPS: advanced sintering tools toward new high entropy ceramics (M. Reece, Queen Mary University of London, UK)

12.30-13.30    Lunch break

13.30-14.30    Flash sintering of carbides (V. M. Sglavo, University of Trento, Italy)
14.30-15.30    Flash like techniques energized by spark plasma sintering (S. Grasso, Queen Mary University of London, UK)
15.30-16.00    Coffee break
16.15-18.00    Social activities: guided tour to the Buonconsiglio Castle
19.30-23.00    School dinner

Wednesday, June 7th

09.30-10.30    Mechanisms of cold sintering of functional oxide ceramics(O. Guillon, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany)
10.30-11.00    Coffee break
11.00-12.00    Cold sintering and hydro/solvothermal sintering processes: exploring chemical pathways for low temperature densification of electroceramics - Achievements and future challenges  (C. Elissalde, Institute for Condensed Matter Chemistry of Bordeaux, France)
12.00-12.20    Conclusive remarks 

Scientific organizing committee

  • Prof. Vincenzo M. Sglavo - Department of Industrial Engineering (University of Trento, Italy)
  • Dr. Mattia Biesuz- Department of Industrial Engineering (University of Trento, Italy)
  • Dr. Emanuele De Bona - Department of Industrial Engineering (University of Trento, Italy)
  • Prof. Olivier Guillon - Institute of Energy and Climate Research: Materials Synthesis and Processing, IEK-1 (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany)
  • Prof. Martin Bram - Institute of Energy and Climate Research: Materials Synthesis and Processing, IEK-1 (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany)
  • Dr. Luca Balice - Institute of Energy and Climate Research: Materials Synthesis and Processing, IEK-1 (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany)

Local organizing commitee

Gian D. Sorarù, Michela Monselesan, Alexia Conci, Livio Zottele


Participants must register before May 21st 2023 using this form.

Registration fees:

  • 160 € for students and young PostDocs
  • 300 € for professionals
  • 45 € for master students (w/o social dinner)

The fee includes registration, social dinner, coffee breaks and two light lunches.

Type f credit

​Students enrolled in one of the Master's degree courses of the Department of Industrial Engineering might obtain 1 type F credit attending the Summer School.

To obtain the credit, students are required to:

  • register to the school;
  • attend at least 9 lectures out of 12;
  • sending an abstract (at least 600 characters) for each attended lecture to vincenzo.sglavo [at] within June 16th 2023.

Attendance is checked for each lecture.

Financial support

The DFG Priority Programme SPP 1959 Fields Matter is a worldwide unique, coordinated, major research effort, funded for a period from 2016 to 2023. SPP 1959 is meant to extend the current level of understanding on how to influence or tailor materials microstructures by the use of external electric and magnetic fields.




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