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H5: Polymer-derived ceramics and composites



Preceramic polymers, organic–inorganic polymers capable of being transformed into ceramics by heat treatment or nonthermal methods, are materials of choice for fabrication of advanced ceramic fibers and have been successfully used as matrices for ceramic matrix composites. Due to their nanostructure, these materials possess unique properties that make them of interest for a range of engineering and functional applications in key sectors, such as energy, transportation, environment, defense, and health. The possibility of exploiting plastic forming techniques or unconventional processing methods has led to fabrication of components at different length scales, ranging from coatings to fibers and foams to bulk parts.


This symposium will address the latest developments in polymer-derived ceramics, following the processing chain—from synthesis of new polymer systems, to precursor modification for tailored properties or functionalities, to subsequent shaping and advanced polymer-to-ceramic conversion. Emphasis will be placed on development of innovative processes and techniques to improve components for ceramic matrix composites, including special matrices, ceramic fibers, joining, and protective or functional coatings. This also includes modeling and structural characterization of new or improved materials and their properties. Polymer-derived ceramic-based engineering components offer enormous potential for applications in key technologies.


Proposed session topics:


• Synthesis and tailoring of novel preceramic polymers

• Nanostructure, modeling, and thermodynamics of polymer-derived ceramics

• Structural and functional properties

• In situ formation of nanocomposites

• Advanced and innovative polymer-to-ceramic conversion methods

• Advanced and innovative fabrication processes, including additive manufacturing

• Polymer-derived ceramic fibers

• Polymer-derived ceramic matrix composites

• Precursor-derived polymer and ceramic coatings

• Polymer-derived ceramic components with functional properties

• Metal–ceramic and ceramic–ceramic composites via polymer-derived ceramic techniques

• Application of polymer-derived ceramics in engineering fields

• Industrial applications




Paolo Colombo, Università di Padova, Italy

Ralf Riedel, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany

– Philippe Miele, University of Montpellier 2, France

– Guenter Motz, University of Bayreuth, Germany

– Gian Domenico Sorarù, University of Trento, Italy

– Peter Kroll, University of Texas, USA

– Gurpreet Singh, Kansas State University, USA

– Yuichi Ikuhara, University of Tokyo, Japan

– Yuji Iwamoto, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan

– Zhaoju Yu, Xiamen University, China

– Yiguang Wang, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China

– Yingde Wang, Nation


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