Special Issue "Advanced Functional Polymer‐Derived Ceramic Fibers: Preparation, Properties and Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Philippe Miele
Guest Editor
Institut Europeen des Membranes UMR5635, Montpellier, France
Interests: porous boron nitride; atomic layer deposition; silicoboron carbonitride monoliths; nanosheets; nanotubes; nanocapsules; molecular and polymeric precursor
Dr. Chrystelle Salameh
Guest Editor
Institut Europeen des Membranes, National Graduate School of Chemistry of Montpellier (ENSCM), University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France
Interests: polymer-derived ceramics; ceramics; microfluidics; micro/nanofabrication; porous materials; biomaterials; fibers; nanostructures
Prof. Dr. David Cornu
Guest Editor
Institut Europeen des Membranes, National Graduate School of Chemistry of Montpellier (ENSCM), University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France
Interests: nanomaterials; micro/nanofibers; electrospinning; electrode materials; materials for biology applications

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

During the last few decades, high-performance non-oxide ceramics have become of great interest due to their unique and diverse features. They display excellent thermal stability and mechanical properties, which make them potential candidates for many applications in severe environments involving high temperatures and high stresses. Since the polymer-derived ceramics (PDCs) route was set up, new functional ceramics have been designed with a thourough control of the composition and the shape of the materials. In particular, fibers have aroused interest when it comes to technical and engineering applications.

This Special Issue will focus on the various non-oxide polymer-derived ceramic fibers, from elaboration to final use. Major sub-topics include synthesis of the preceramic polymers, and their spinning and thermal treatment behaviors.

With regard to high-temperature structural applications, several studies have reported that binary (SiC, Si3N4, BN), ternary (SiCN) and even quaternary (SiBCN) fibers, prepared by means of meltspinning or electrospinning, are very promizing candidates to be used as reinforcements for thermostructural composites.

Thus, this Special Issue will assess how designing the molecular architecture, tailoring the chemical composition, rheology, spinnability and pyrolysis performance can influence the functional properties of fibers, together with their potential applications. In this context, the research published in this issue will sustain the impact of the PDCs route as the most suitable tool for developing advanced fibers for energy, environment and high-technology applications. Thus, in addition to high-temperature structural applications, including composite materials and other areas such as filters, membranes, etc., will be of great value.

It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.

Prof. Dr. Philippe Miele
Dr. Chrystelle Salameh
Prof. Dr. David Cornu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Polymer derived ceramics
  • preceramic polymers
  • non-oxide ceramics
  • fibers
  • electrospinning
  • meltspinning
  • boron nitride
  • silicon carbonitride
  • silicoboron carbonitride
  • silicon carbide

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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