The conversion of polymers directly into ceramics offers unusual scientific and technological opportunities. Polymers can be shaped in the organic state before being transformed into ceramics, and their properties and nanostructure can be manipulated at the molecular level. Their properties can be controlled based on chemistry and molecular architecture of the precursors and the high temperature processing adopted. Unusual porous structures can also be produced from them. Potential applications range from energy and environment, to medicine, sensors, aerospace, and defense.

This symposium addresses recent developments in PDCs that include processing and innovative shaping approaches (e.g. additive manufacturing), characterization of their structure at different length scales, new chemistries, and their structural and functional properties. These attributes arise from the direct relationship between various scientific and technological aspects, starting with chemical design of the organic molecules, to the processes for fabricating net shape engineering components.

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

Proposed sessions

  • 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 clean energy applications
  • Application of PDCs in various engineering fields


  • Paolo Colombo, University of Padova, Italy,
  • Ralf Riedel, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany,
  • Yuji Iwamoto, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan,
  • Samuel Bernard, IRCER – University of Limoges, France
  • Raj Bordia, Clemson University, USA
  • Dong-Pyo Kim, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
  • Peter Kroll, The University of Texas Arlington, USA
  • Xingang Luan, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
  • Philippe Miele, University of Montpellier, France
  • Gurpreet Singh, Kansas State University, USA
  • Gian Domenico Sorarù, University of Trento, Italy
  • Zhaoju Yu, Xiamen University, China
  • Yiguang Wang, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
  • Yingde Wang, National University of Defense Technology, China