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S9: Porous Ceramics: Novel Developments and Applications


This symposium aims to bring together engineers, technologists and scientists in the area of ceramic, carbon, glass and glass-ceramic materials containing high volume fractions of porosity, with porosity ranging from nano- to milli-meters. These materials include cellular and high surface area architectures including but not limited to foams, honeycombs, fiber networks, connected rods, connected hollow bodies, syntactic foams, bio-inspired structures, micro- and meso-porous materials and aero-gels. In all these components, tailored porosity is the defining characteristic enabling their application in a wide range of fields. Porous ceramics components are in fact an essential and critical part of numerous structures and devices in various engineering applications. Applications of considerable recent interest include hydrogen and energy-related technologies, environmental technologies (in particular Diesel Particulate Filters), sensors, catalysis supports (photo-catalysis, etc.), water purification, hot gas filtration, mass separation and porous matrix fiber composites. Micro- and meso-porous materials, monoliths possessing hierarchical porosity as well as novel processing methods, including automated manufacturing techniques, also are of particular interest.

Papers are solicited on fundamental and novel aspects of processing, synthesis, characterization, modeling, properties evaluation and applications of all the wide spectrum of highly porous ceramics. In addition, advancement in next generation porous ceramics, characterization tools and methods applicable to the understanding of materials and structures are also of interest. A specific session is devoted to Porous Bioceramics, and will be co-organized in conjunction with Symposium 5 (Next Generation Bioceramics).

Proposed Symposium Topics

  • Innovations in processing methods & synthesis of porous ceramics
  • Structure and properties of porous ceramics
  • Modeling of porous structures and properties
  • Novel characterization tools of porous structures
  • Mechanical behavior of porous ceramics
  • Micro-porous and meso-porous ceramics
  • Ceramics with hierarchical porosity
  • Porous ceramics for environmental applications
  • Porous ceramics for energy applications
  • Porous ceramics for biological applications
  • Porous ceramics for functional applications
  • Porous ceramics for emission control

Symposium Organizers

  • Paolo Colombo, University of Padova, Italy
  • James Zimmerman, Corning Incorporated, USA
  • Lennart Bergstrom, University of Stockholm, Sweden
  • Aldo Boccaccini, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  • Yuji Iwamoto, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Alek Pyzik, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Thomas R. Watkins, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
  • Yuping Zhen, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

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