Symposium: Polymer-derived ceramics development and applications

Scope of the Symposium:
Precursor-based ceramics play an increasing role because of their flexibility in incorporating elements at a molecular level resulting in different classes of ceramics as amorphous networks containing the constituents homogeneously dispersed on the atomic level, crystalline phases and (nano)composites of binary or multinary phases which cannot be formed by traditional routes . Additionally, technical fibers, coatings, matrices of composites and functional porous ceramics are examples for the wide field of applications of these pre-ceramic polymers. In comparison to other ceramic manufacturing technologies, the use of polymer-shaping techniques and the considerable low processing temperatures are technological advantages which allow unique properties and functionalities. The aim of the symposium is to discuss the latest developments on PDC ceramics, including modelling, structural characterization, microstructure/property correlations, and the manufacture of functional and structural components based on these organic-inorganic polymers.

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This symposium will review the current state of the AM technologies for ceramic processing, with focus on feedstocks, equipment development, design, properties and microstructure of printed parts. The following topics are suggested, but not limited to:

  • PDC based ceramic fibers
    • Processing of oxide and non-oxide ceramic fibers
    • Characterization and properties of ceramic fibers
    • Applications for CMCs, MMCs and fiber fabrics
  • Precursor based polymer and ceramic coatings
    • Development of functional coatings hydrophilic/hydrophobic/catalytic
    • protective coatings from corrosion/oxidation
    • coating technologies and characterization
  • Functional ceramics
    • Metal modified PDCs
    • Catalytic active ceramics
    • Electrical and magnetic properties
    • Optical properties
    • Ceramics for hydrogen generation
  • Nanocomposites
    • Techniques for tailoring the nanostructure
    • Processing of nanocomposites
    • Properties of nanocomposites
  • Porous ceramics
    • Robust catalysts for bio-mass conversion
    • Hydrogen storage and separation
    • Membranes for gas purification and separation
  • Modeling and simulation
    • Simulation of phase formation, separation and crystallization
    • Prediction of ceramic properties in dependency on the precursor
  • Industrial applications
    • Electronic applications e.g. LED, dielectric medium, shielding
    • As alternative coating systems
    • CMCs (fibers and matrices)

Symposium Organizers:

  • Chairman: Dr. Günter Motz
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  • Chairman: Dr. Samuel Bernard
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  • Co-chair: Prof. Yuji Iwamoto
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  • Co-chair: Prof. Raj K. Bordia
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  • Co-chair: Prof. Ricardo Machado
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  • Co-chair: Prof. Jie Kong
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List of confirmed invited speakers:

• Dr. Thomas Konegger, Austria
• Prof. Dusan Galusek, Slovakia
• Dr. Ravi Kumar, India
• Dr. Michaela Wilhelm, Germany
• Prof. Ralf Riedel, Germany
• Prof. Christel Gervais, France
• Dr. Reiner Friedrich

Scientific Committee:

• Prof. Paolo Colombo, University of Padova, Italy
• Prof. Dong-Pyo Kim, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
• Dr. Emanuel Ionescu, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
• Prof. Ralf Riedel, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
• Prof. Gurpreet Singh, Kansas State University, USA
• Prof. Gian Domenico Soraru, University of Trento, Italy
• Prof. Yoshiyuki Sugahara, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
• Prof. Pavol Sajgalik, Slovakian Academy Science, Slovakia

Organizers information:

Samuel Bernard
Samuel Bernard (41 years old, Researcher ID: B-5944- 2013) is Senior Research fellow at CNRS (Director of Research). He studied inorganic chemistry in the University of Lyon, received his PhD degree (inorganic chemistry) in 2002 on polymer-derived boron nitride and worked as a postdoc with Prof. Fritz Aldinger and Dr. Markus Weinmann in Max-Planck- Institute für Metalforschung on Polymer-Derived SiBCN ceramics (2003). In Jan. 2004, he came back to University of Lyon (Laboratoire des Multimatériaux et Interfaces, LMI) as a junior CNRS researcher (Chargé de Recherche CNRS; eq. to associate Prof.) to launch a Polymer-Derived Ceramics (PDCs) activity around the Si-X- C-N system (X = B, Al, transition metal). In Sept. 01, 2010, he moved to the European Institute of Membranes (IEM, UMR CNRS 5635) as a Senior CNRS Research Scientist. He defended his habilitation thesis (material chemistry) in the University of Montpellier in October 2012 and worked as a group leader (Material department) for two years at IEM before getting the position of Director of Research at CNRS (eq. to Prof. position) in October 2016. In agreement with CNRS, he decided to move to the Research Institute on Ceramics (IRCER) in Limoges (UMR CNRS 7315) in October 2017. His research interests are the design of PDCs in the nitride, carbonitride and carbide systems (single phases & multi-component ceramics including amorphous ceramics and nanocomposites) from molecular and polymeric precursors for thermostructural and energy applications. Final ceramics include 1D (fibers), 2D (coatings) and 3D (monoliths) materials from porous to dense objects. He is the supervisor or co-supervisor of 25 PhD students. Until now, he has co-authored 83 peer reviewed papers (H factor: 29), 19 proceedings, 6 patents, 11 book chapters, and has given 47 invited conference talks. He is the editor of a book and the (co)-organizer of several international conferences. He was awarded the Solid State Chemistry Division Prize (June 2014) and received an award for recognition of his work done in chemistry (July, 2015) by the French Chemical Society (SCF). He became a member of the French solid-state chemistry division in Nov. 2015 from SCF. Since Feb. 2017, he is associate editor for the Journal of the Ceramic Society of Japan.

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