Porous ceramics with various pore scales are utilized in many advanced engineering applications including filters, separations, insulations, membranes, catalytic supports, catalysts, absorbers, sensors, and lightweight structural components. This symposium brings together the technical community to share recent advances in the general understanding or methodologies pertaining to forming, characterization, modeling, and engineering of porous materials of ceramics, glass, glass-ceramics, and carbon.

Porous materials can be based on various morphologies including, but not limited to, foams, syntactic foams, honeycombs, fibrous, bio-inspired, membranes, aero-gels, composites, and additive manufacturing. Engineering applications can include thermal management or energy-related technologies (renewable energy, energy saving, energy conversion, heat exchange, and storage) and environmental protection (filtration, catalyst, adsorption, and sensor). The symposium will foster an opportunity for knowledge sharing and networking for technological leaders within industry, national institutions, and academia involved in processing and applications of porous materials, including, but not limited to, areas of ceramics, chemistry, mechanics, fluid dynamics, modeling and simulation, and application engineering.

Proposed sessions

  • Innovative processing route for porous ceramics
  • Micro- or meso-porous ceramics and hierarchical porosities
  • Additive manufacturing and shape forming technique of porous ceramics
  • Sol-gel or polymer-derived porous ceramics
  • Ceramic membranes
  • Characterization, simulation, and modeling of porous ceramics
  • Catalytic performance of porous ceramics
  • Porous ceramics for thermal management, environmental, energy, functional, biological, and lightweight structural applications


  • Manabu Fukushima, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan, manabu-fukushima@aist.go.jp
  • Paolo Colombo, Università di Padova, Italy, paolo.colombo@unipd.it
  • Yu-ping Zeng, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, yuping-zeng@mail.sic.ac.cn
  • Samuel Bernard, IRCER – CNRS-University of Limoges, France
  • Tobias Fey, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • Miki Inada, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Young-Wook Kim, University of Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • Alberto Ortona, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, Switzerland
  • Akihiro Shimamura, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan