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Symposium 4: Polymer-Derived Ceramics (PDCs) and Composites



The conversion of polymers directly to ceramics, the central theme of PDCs, offers unusual scientific and technological opportunities. The polymers can be shaped in the organic state before being transformed to ceramics. Their properties and nanostructure can be manipulated at the molecular level. Unusual porous structures can be made from them. Their potential applications range far and wide from energy and environment, to medicine, sensors, aerospace, and defense.

The objective of this symposium is to address recent developments in PDCs that include processing and shaping (as in additive manufacturing), characterization of nanostructure, new chemistries, and structural and functional properties. These attributes result from the linkage between a wide stretch of length scales, starting with chemical design of the organic molecules to the science and technology for fabricating net-shape engineering components.

Presentations that emphasize applications of PDCs in fields of energy, life sciences, defense, aerospace, and security are welcomed. Participation of young researchers is especially encouraged.



  • Synthesis of advanced preceramic polymers
  • Nanostructure, modeling, and thermodynamics of polymer-derived-ceramics
  • Structural and functional properties
  • Advanced and innovative polymer-to-ceramic conversion methods
  • Advanced and innovative fabrication processes, including additive manufacturing
  • Polymer-derived ceramic-matrix composites and in situ formation of nanocomposites
  • Polymer-derived ceramics for energy applications
  • Application of PDCs in various engineering fields



Paolo Colombo, University of Padova, Italy, paolo.colombo@unipd.it

Rishi Raj, University of Colorado, rishi.raj@colorado.edu

Ralf Riedel, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, riedel@materials.tu-darmstadt.de  

Yuji Iwamoto, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan

Dong-Pyo Kim, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea

Isabel Kinski, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS), Germany

Peter Kroll, The University of Texas Arlington

Philippe Miele, University of Montpellier 2, France

Gurpreet Singh, Kansas State University

Gian Domenico Sorarù, University of Trento, Italy

Yoshiyuki Sugahara, Waseda University, Japan

Yiguang Wang, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China

Yingde Wang, National University of Defense Technology, China



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