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Special Issue "Polymer Derived Ceramics and Applications"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Samuel Bernard

SPCTS (UMR CNRS 7315), European Ceramic Center, Limoges-France, European Membrane Institute, Montpellier-France
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Interests: precursor synthesis; processing and shaping; polymer-to-ceramic conversion; porous components; nanocomposites; fibers; structural properties; functional properties
Guest Editor
Dr. Emanuel Ionescu

Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institute for Materials Science, Jovanka-Bontschits-Strasse 2, D-64287 Darmstadt, Germany
Y Universität zu Köln, Institute for Inorganic Chemistry, Greinstrasse 6, 50939 Köln, Germany
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Interests: nanocomposite materials; ceramic nanocomposites; ultrahigh-temperature stable materials; multifunctional nanocomposites; single-source-precursor-based syntheses; materials chemistry; organometallic and polymer chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The polymer-derived ceramic (PDC) route is based on the synthesis of preceramic polymers as suitable and highly pure synthetic precursors to supply after pyrolysis ceramics with a desired phase distribution and homogeneity. Additionally, the PDC route allows for polymer shaping to produce, after pyrolysis, complex-shaped ceramic parts, such as (nano)fibers, coatings, or dense pieces. Ceramics with various pore scales can be also made from them. Following a more conventional ceramic processing route, preceramic polymers can be directly pyrolyzed into ceramic powders with the desired composition, to be sintered into dense objects. This route leads to three classes of products: 1) amorphous networks, containing the constituents, homogeneously dispersed at the atomic level; 2) crystalline phases; and 3) composites and nanocomposites of binary or multinary phases, that provide a large variety of properties and functions for basic research and application technologies, from energy and environment to transportation, aerospace, and defense applications.

This Special Issue aims to provide a range of comprehensive reviews and research articles on advances in the synthesis and application of PDCs. The scientific issues related to the synthesis and application of PDCs include the molecular chemistry and engineering of processable and functional preceramic polymers, polymer processing and shaping through in particular innovating processes, such as additive manufacturing, advanced and innovative polymer-to-ceramic conversion methods, special nano/microstructure features of PDCs, modeling and thermodynamics of PDCs and functional properties. Papers that emphasize applications of PDCs are also welcomed.

Dr. Samuel Bernard
Dr. Emanuel Ionescu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Materials is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Preceramic polymers
  • Single-source precursors
  • Synthesis
  • Processing and Shaping
  • Polymer-to-ceramic conversion
  • (Oxy)Carbides
  • Carbonitrides
  • (Oxy)Nitrides
  • Amorphous phases
  • Crystalline materials
  • (Nano)composites
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Porous components
  • Fibers
  • Coatings
  • Dense parts
  • Applications

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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