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Memo writing

The content covered at the Charles Research Conference makes the objective of a memo for this event very clear. The reader of the memo should be completely aware that the memo will be based on the conference, and the memo needs to stay concise and to the point, with a structure and language to reflect this aim, and is written so that it should only be required to be read once. This memo will have two distinct goals - to give a summary of the content which was addressed in the conference, and the provide the directive and preamble based on the replacement of Si3N4 over the established SiALON, which in this case is the need for further investigation.

The tone of the memo needs to be uncomplicated and clear, and leave no room for double meaning or ambiguity. Having said this, some irrelevant information can be found, from the items on life 2 and 3 on the background for the speakers of the conference. Item 3 also begins with "One of the most interesting topics was..." which is an unqualified identifier.

Due to the extent in the number of topics covered in the conference, it can be seen that the listing style presentation is appropriate to cover all of the information. There is still room for improvement in the presentation having said this, and this would include changing the numbering of the list.

The directive of the memo is clearly realized by the end, which gives discussion for further perusal on the subject of replacing Si3N4 with SiALON. While it is good to see such a directive, it is usually more appropriate to give the directive statement of the memo at the start, not at the end, with repetition of the directive through the memo to increase the emphasis.


Date: July 2, 2004

To: Richard Martins

From: Author

Subject: Summary of the Charles Research Conference

The Charles Research Conference focussed on the high temperature dry corrosion of various substances such as ceramic and metal. A crucial topic that was raised was the ability of SiALON to replace Si3N4 as an inexpensive substitute.

opics to be highlighted were:

  1. Growth and film formation on the surfaces of metals. The use of spectroscopy to study the corrosion and oxidation was the focus of this study.
  2. The microstructure of the formation of thick film on alloys and metals was studies with the use of advanced microscopy.
  3. Erosion and hot corrosion.
  4. The direction and stance towards future high temperature corrosion. The discussion was raised from five distinct angles:

    a. Research conducted by universities

    b. Research conducted by the government

    c. Research conducted by industry

    d. European industry research

    e. European governmental research

  5. Ceramic corrosion with emphasis placed on the oxidation of Si3N4. One research proposal was the formulation of SiALON, which has the potential to be an effective and cheap substitute for Si3N4.

The potential for the replacement of Si3N4 with SiALON should be investigated.