Advanced structural ceramics, composites and refractories

Symposium organizer

Carmen Baudín

Local symposium organizer

Diletta Sciti

Call for abstracts

Structural ceramics are strategic materials in a wide range of fields, from the basic industries of material and energy production to automotive, aerospace and medical applications. The main requirements are enhanced mechanical properties and chemical inertness under demanding conditions. New applications as well as the need for increased reliability in the existing ones have stimulated the pursuit of new materials with improved properties. In general, key properties are strength, reliability and crack growth resistance in abrasive or corrosive environments at high and variable temperatures.
The symposium aims to bring together materials science and engineering scientists and technologists for discussing the main challenges for advanced structural ceramics, composites and refractories.
The symposium will deal with a wide range of advanced structural ceramics, composites and refractories, such as: oxide ceramics, non-oxide ceramics, ceramics and composites for ultra high temperature applications, monolithic and layered composites and coatings, bioinspired microstructures, nanostructured ceramics and composites, thermal barrier coatings, ceramics for machining, oxide-carbon refractories, castables.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Microstructural design
  • Advanced processing and its relationship with microstructural development
  • Machining, joining and near-net shaping
  • Processing-microstructure-properties-performance in use relationships
  • Thermo-mechanical and tribologicalbehaviour at room and high temperature
  • Fractography
  • Corrosion/ablation/oxidation testing and analysis
  • Self-healing capability


Symposium organizer
Carmen Baudín (ICV-CSIC, ES)
Local symposium organizer
Diletta Sciti (ISTEC-CNR, IT)

Symposium Co-organizers
Christos Aneziris (Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, DE)
CsabaBalazsi (Hungarian Academy of Science, HU)
Bill Fahrenholtz (Missouri University of Science and Technology, US)
Victor C. Pandolfelli (Federal University of São Carlos, BR)
Pavol Sajgalik (Slovak Academy of Sciences, SK)
Richard Todd (University of Oxford, GB)