Ceramic materials synthesized via liquid-phase route offer great advantages such as controlled compositions and broad range of materials shapes. A large variation in morphologies including nanoparticles, fibers/nanorods, nanosheets/films and monoliths is an important basis for materials with superior functionalities. The classical sol-gel processing has been developed as a versatile way of preparing glass/ceramics via pre-formed gels by subsequent drying/calcination. The introduction of structure-directing additives (agents), typically surfactants working as sacrificial templates, has become popular to further design the nanostructure of materials utilizing specific interactions among the constituents in the synthesis solution.  A vast family of mesoporous materials is one of the successful examples; many of them have found attractive applications such as adsorbent, catalyst, catalyst-supports, electrochemical materials, and medical devices.

This symposium offers a platform for researchers from academia and industries to explore novel synthetic strategies for obtaining materials with highly designed structure/property via sol-gel and related liquid-phase processes. Material compositions will not be strictly limited to ceramics, but will include organic-inorganic hybrids such as organosiloxanes, metal-organic frameworks, and carbon-ceramics composites.

Proposed sessions

  • Sol-gel process
  • Liquid-phase synthesis
  • Nano/meso-scale templating method
  • Hierarchical structuring method
  • Powders, fibers, films, monoliths, and gels
  • Porous low-density materials (aerogels)
  • Nanoparticles, nanofibers, nanorods, and nanosheets


  • Kazuki Nakanishi, Nagoya University/Kyoto University, Japan, dknakanishi@imass.nagoya-u.ac.jp
  • Hiromitsu Kozuka, Kansai University, Japan
  • Yoshiyuki Sugahara, Waseda University, Japan
  • Andrei Jitianu, City University of New York, USA
  • Byeong-Soo Bae, KAIST, South Korea