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Ceramic Materials

In the laboratory of ceramic materials, the complete process chain of synthesis and production of advanced ceramic materials for industrial applications can be reproduced on a prototype scale. A broad range of relevant ceramic materials and production processes is subject of investigations.

The main technical focus of the lab lies on the development of innovative ceramic shaping methods and synthesis of tailored ceramic materials for demanding applications in mechanical, medical and chemical engineering. A comprehensive, universal and modern infrastructure supports the activities.

Synthesis of powders and ceramics

View inside a tube furnace, enlarged view
View inside a tube furnace

• Powder preparation, e.g. precipitation, colloidal processing

• Powder surface modification, selection and design of process additives

• Polymer derived ceramics

• Shaping, e.g. casting, pressing, new shaping techniques

• Additive manufacturing, 3D printing – stereolithography, powder printing, microextrusion

• Coatings (polymer derived ceramics, sol-gel, enamel, glazes)

• Sintering, up to 1800 °C under vacuum, reactive or protective gases

Characterisation

X-Ray diffraction system, enlarged view
X-Ray diffraction system

• Crystal structure and phase composition of powders and ceramics (XRD x-ray diffraction)

• Thermal and chemical analysis of powders and ceramics

• Investigation of mechanical properties of ceramics

• Microstructure and defects

• Surface properties

Applications

Products based on advanced ceramics, enlarged view
Products based on advanced ceramics

Advanced ceramic materials are used in a wide range of industrial applications as functional materials e.g.

• Separation (membranes, filters)

• Electronic devices (active and passive elements)

• Energy conversion (SOFC Fuel Cells, batteries)

• Thermal management (insulation, thermal barrier, refractory materials)

• Materials for extraordinary mechanical and chemical property requirements