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T3S4: Porous and Cellular Ceramics for Filter and Membrane Applications

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Ceramic technologies for sustainable development


Porous and cellular ceramic materials and components with pore sizes ranging from several tens of microns down to sub-nanopores are essential in many environmental and energy related applications, often based on hierarchical pore structures, including catalyst supports, filters, adsorbers, sensors, and lightweight structural components. Porous ceramics can be obtained by partial sintering, pyrolysis of preceramic polymer, templating, blowing, and additive manufacturing. Various pore architectures can be based on foams, honeycombs, fibrous and bioinspired structures, and recently, engineered ones thanks to additive manufacturing. Recent interests include mass and gas separation, particulate filtration of hot gases and motor exhaust, water purification, energy conversion and storage, and sensors as well as catalysis and adsorption. For efficient separation, high fluxes and permeances combined with a high rejection and/or separation factor are required, as well as a high mechanical strength, thermal stability, and chemical robustness. Long-term stability of the material and the separation performance are needed. In addition, inexpensive and reproducible preparation techniques are required. The filter or membrane has to be completed with a housing before it will be implemented in a plant. Especially for high-temperature applications, the joining and sealing is challenging. This symposium will showcase recent research interests and activities, including ceramics, chemistry, mechanics, fluid dynamics, characterization, modeling, and simulation. 


Proposed session topics:

  • Novel processing technologies to create porosities in ceramic materials
  • Destructive and nondestructive methods of characterization of pore size, porosity, and defects
  • Additive manufacturing of porous ceramics
  • Microstructural and morphological control of porous ceramics
  • Modeling and simulation of transport of liquids and gases through porous ceramics
  • Ceramic filters for hot gas and soot filtration
  • Membranes for liquid filtration and gas separation (e.g. zeolites, carbon, CNT, graphene)
  • Ceramic materials for adsorptive separation (e.g. zeolites)
  • Joining and sealing for high-temperature application
  • Large scale/complicated shape processing
  • Innovative characterization tools for macroporosity
  • Environmental interaction with porous ceramics
  • Engineering applications of filter or membrane for environmental protection, energy applications, functional applications, emission control 


  • Ingolf Voigt, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany
  • Manabu Fukushima, AIST, Japan
  • Hannes Richter, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany
  • Paolo Colombo, Università di Padova, Italy
  • Tobias Fey, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • Young-Wook Kim, University of Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • Alberto Ortona, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, Switzerland
  • Takashi Shirai, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Sujanto Widjaja, Corning Incorporated, USA
  • Yu-ping Zeng, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, China 


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