Conference Topics > Topic 9 - PDCs

Topic 9 : Polymer Derived Ceramics and Composites


The chemical approach based on well-defined preceramic polymers, called polymer-derived ceramics (PDC) route, offers a precise control over chemical composition an microstructure at low processing temperatures, which provides access to a large variety of ceramic compositions and structures (crystalline or amorphous) as well as microstructures (e.g. nanocomposites). Additionally, the PDC route allows exploiting plastic-forming or non-conventional processing techniques to produce advanced ceramic fibers, coatings and matrices, i.e. all the Ceramic-Matrix-Composite (CMC) components. By coupling the PDC route with the generation of a porous network, ceramics with a multiscale porosity can be generated. Thus, this approach makes PDCs of interest for a wide range of engineering and functional applications, in key sectors such as energy, transportation, environment and defense.

The aim of the symposium “Polymer-Derived Ceramics and Composites” is to discuss on the latest developments in the field of PDCs starting from the synthesis of new polymeric systems to structural characterization, microstructure/property correlation, modeling and manufacturing of functional and structural components. Special emphases will be placed on the design of specific components for CMCs like matrices, fibers, and protective or functional coatings, as well as on the potential applications of PDCs in various engineering fields.



Proposed Sub-Topics:

  • Chemistry of new polymeric systems
  • Rheological properties of preceramic polymers
  • Advanced and innovative fabrication processes, including additive manufacturing
  • Plastic-forming techniques
  • Porosity network engineering
  • Polymer-derived ceramic fibers
  • Polymer-derived ceramic matrix composites
  • Protective and functional ceramic coatings
  • Design of nanocomposites including metal-modified PDCs
  • Reinforced foams
  • Functional ceramics
  • Structural characterization, microstructure/property correlation
  • Thermomechanical properties of PDCs
  • Chemical reactivity (corrosion…) of PDCs
  • Simulation of phase formation, separation and crystallization
  • Prediction of ceramic properties in dependency on the precursor
  • Thermodynamics of PDCs including CALPHAD.
  • Prediction of properties using Density functional theory (DFT), Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) & Phonon calculations
  • Application of PDCs in various engineering fields


Points of Contacts/organizers

  • Samuel Bernard Institute of Research on Ceramics (IRCER), CNRS-University of Limoges, France; Phone: +33-587-502-304; e-mail:
  • Paolo Colombo, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova, Italy; Phone: +39-049-827-5825; e-mail:  



Ralf Riedel, TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
Günter Motz U. Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany
Gian Domenico Sorarù U. Trento, Trento, Italy
Georges Chollon, U. Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
Rajendra K. Bordia U. Clemson, Clemson, SC, USA
David Poerschke U. Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Peter Kroll U. Texas, Austin, TX, USA
Gurpreet Singh, U. Kansas, Kansas City, USA
Yuji Iwamoto, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan
Masaki Narisawa Osaka Pref. University, Osaka, Japan
Ravi Kumar, Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, Chennai, India
Zhaoju Yu, U. Xiamen, China

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