Special Issue "Ice-Templated and Freeze-Cast Ceramics"
A special issue of Ceramics (ISSN 2571-6131).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2019).
Ice-templating, also known as freeze-casting, has become, over the past 15 years, a well-established materials processing route. The underlying principles—the segregation and templating of particulate suspensions by growing crystals—are generic, resulting in a variety of ice-templated porous and dense materials. Ice-templated ceramics, whether traditional or advanced, have been particularly investigated, for an ever-broadening range of structural or functional properties.
Although many proof-of-principle studies have been reported and most of the underlying physics understood, there is still a lot to explore, in particular before ice-templated ceramics and ceramic composites may eventually find their way in applications. In particular, progress is needed in the following areas:
- Fundamental understanding and control of the process, in particular for the control of textures and of composites microstructures: the distribution and organisation of particles (in particular anisotropic particles), the phase distribution, the development of microstructural defects in ice-templated structures.
- Development of processing routes associated to specific functional properties, morphologies, or applications (tubes, membranes, beads, thin films, etc.).
- Combination of ice-templating with traditional ceramic processing and scale up. Although several processing routes have been successfully combined with ice-templating (tape-casting, spray drying), many routes can still be explored. Very little effort has been paid to investigate scale-up of the current ice-templating routes, although this will be one of the keys for a successful transfer of these routes from the lab to industrial applications.
- Assessment of functional properties, in particular in the application environment. Little attention has been paid in particular to reproducibility and reliability.
We therefore welcome submission of papers related to ice-templating in general and the points listed above in particular, for this Special Issue of Ceramics, to continue the exploration of these rich, complex, and hopefully useful phenomena. Full papers, communications, and reviews are welcome.
Dr. Sylvain Deville
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