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Carbides, Nitrides and Related Materials in Earth, Planetary, and Materials Science Workshop
Univeristy of California, Davis
May 22 - 24, 2014

Workshop Overview

Carbides and nitrides, as ceramics, semiconductors, glasses and hard materials, and as possible components in the interior of the Earth and other planets, find increasing attention in geoscience, materials science, and solid state chemistry. The incorporation of small to moderate amounts of carbon and nitrogen into oxygen-containing structures, both as trace to minor substitutions in common oxide and silicates as well as in the formation of new oxycarbide and oxynitride phases, is also a growing field of study and application.  In spite of the importance of the field and overlap of their interests, the diverse communities who work on these materials do not communicate well with each other, especially across the materials science - geoscience frontier. It is time for a workshop which brings these communities together, with the goal of stimulating long-term interaction and of defining the most promising and overarching directions of future research. Though the geoscience community is taking the lead in organizing this workshop, our goal is increased and continuing interaction with the other communities, now and in the future.

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For more information on this event, please visit Carbide Workshop 2014


William Mong Distinguished Lecture

On November 25, 2013, Professor Navrotsky traveled to Hong Kong to present the William Mong Distinguished Lecture at the University of Hong Kong. Professor Navrotsky traveled to the University of Hong Kong to present her lecture entitled, "Energetics of Nanophase Oxides-Implications for Materials, Environmental, and Earth Science". Professor Navrotsky is one of a few selected individuals who are invited to present these lectures for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. William Mong Distinguished Lectures in Engineering

Alfred R. Cooper Distinguished Lecture

Professor Navrotsky presented the Alfred R. Cooper Distinguished Lecture at The American Ceramic Society Material Science and Technology meeting in Montreal on October 28, 2013. The Alfred R. Cooper Distinguished Lecture is part of the Glass & Optical Division of the American Ceramic Society. Accordingly, Professor Navrotsky's lecture was entitled, "New Frontiers in the Thermochemistry of Glassy, Amorphous, and Nanoscale Materials". Alfred R. Cooper Distinguished Lecture

Interim Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

As of July 1, 2013, Professor Alexandra Navrotsky is Interim Dean of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS). MPS is a division within the College of Letters and Sciences. Read more: Alexandra Navrotsky Interim Dean of MPS.

Points of Interest

2013 NEAT Newsletter
2013 Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory Brochure

Alexandra Navrotsky

PhD, University of Chicago, 1967

Director, NEAT ORU,
Edward Roessler Chair in
Mathematical and Physical Sciences;
Distinguished Professor,
Interdisciplinary Professor of Ceramic,
Earth, and Environmental Materials Chemistry;
at the University of California at Davis

NEAT ORU & Thermochemistry Facility
Chemistry Annex
University of California at Davis
Davis, CA 95616-8779


  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (1973)
  • Mineralogical Society of America Award and Fellow (1981)
  • American Geophysical Union Fellow (1988)
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences (1993)
  • President, Mineralogical Society of America (1992-1993)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Uppsala, Sweden (1995)
  • Ross Coffin Purdy Award, American Ceramic Society Fellow (1995)
  • Geochemical Society Fellow (1997)
  • Alexander M. Cruickshank Award, Gordon Research Conference (2000)
  • Hugh Huffman Memorial Award, The Calorimetry Conference (2000)
  • Ceramic Educational Council Outstanding Educator Award (2000)
  • American Ceramic Society Fellow (2001)
  • American Ceramic Society, Best Paper Award of the Nuclear and Environmental Technology Division (2001)
  • Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth Science (2002)
  • Highly Cited Researchers Award, ISI Thomson Scientific (2002)
  • Fellow, The Minerological Society (Great Britain) (2004)
  • Urey Medal, European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) (2005)
  • Spriggs Phase Equilibria Award, American Ceramic Society(ACerS)(2005)
  • Rossini Award, International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics (IACT)(2006)
  • Harry H. Hess Medalist, American Geophysical Union (AGU)(2006)
  • Roebling Award, Mineralogical Society of America (2009)
  • Best University Paper Award, DOE Geoscience Grantee Meeting (2009)
  • Elected to the American Philosophical Society (2011)