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S4: Polymer Derived Ceramics and Composites



Preceramic polymers, organic-inorganic polymers capable of being transformed into ceramics by heat treatment or non-thermal methods, continue to constitute an exciting research field at the interface between several disciplines. As the understanding of the structure at the nano-scale and the  thermodynamics of these complex systems advances, control over properties becomes possible as well as the discovery of novel functionalities. The possibility of exploiting plastic-forming techniques or nonconventional processing methods has led to the fabrication of components suitable for a wide variety of applications in fields ranging from energy to health care, from defence to aerospace, from automotive to environment. The polymer-derived ceramic systems are also unique in their capability to combine elements and nanodomains that are not found in traditional ceramic materials or cannot be formed by conventional ceramic processing. This symposium aims at mapping the new developments in PDCs, from modelling and structural characterization to new properties and advanced polymer-to-ceramic conversion methods, providing also a forum for attracting young investigators to the field. A particular emphasis will be placed on nitrogen-containing PDCs, as they display an intriguing and unique set of structural and functional characteristics.


Proposed Symposium Topics

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

Symposium Organizers
Paolo Colombo, University of Padova, Italy
Yigal Blum, SRI International, USA
Gian Domenico Sorarù, University of Trento, Italy
Ralf Riedel, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
Philippe Miele, University of Montpellier 2, France
Isabel Kinski, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS), Germany
Raj Bordia, University of Washington, USA
Peter Kroll, The University of Texas Arlington, USA
Yuji Iwamoto, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
Dong-Pyo Kim, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
Yingde Wang, National University of Defence Technology, Changsha, China


Points of Contact
Paolo Colombo, +39-049-827-5825
Yigal Blum, (650) 859-4367


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