Sym 04  |  Chang-Jun Bae Novel, Green, and Strategic Processing and Manufacturing Technologies
Sym 05  |  Ralf Riedel Polymer Derived Ceramics and Composites
Sym 06  |  Paolo Colombo Additive Manufacturing of Ceramics and Associated Hybrid Printing Technologies
Sym 07  |  Makio Naito Advanced Powder Processing and Manufacturing Technologies
Sym 08  |  Eugene A. Olevsky Sintering and Related Phenomena and Processing of Materials using SPS
Sym 09  |  Tobias Fey Porous Ceramics – Characterization, Developments and Applications
Sym 10  |  Sungwook Mhin Advanced Materials and Innovative Processing Ideas for Production Root Technologies
Sym 05 Polymer Derived Ceramics and Composites
Organizer Ralf Riedel Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Co-Organizer Dong-Pyo Kim
Zhaoju Yu
Samuel Bernard
Ravi Kumar
Paolo Colombo
Gian Domenico Soraru
Yoshi Sugahara
Charles Lewinsohn
Gurpreet Singh
Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
Xiamen University, China
CNRS-University of Limoges, France
IIT Madras, India
University of Padua, Italy
University of Trento, Italy
Waseda University, Japan
CoorsTek, Inc, USA
Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA
Preceramic polymers were proposed over 30 years ago as precursors for the fabrication of mainly Si-based advanced ceramics, generally denoted as polymer-derived ceramics (PDCs). The polymer to ceramic transformation process enabled significant technological breakthroughs in ceramic science and technology, such as the development of ceramic fibers, coatings, or ceramics stable at ultrahigh temperatures (up to 2000 °C) with respect to decomposition, crystallization, phase separation, and creep. In recent years, several important advances have been achieved such as the discovery of a variety of functional properties associated with PDCs. Moreover, novel insights into their structure at the nanoscale level have contributed to the fundamental understanding of the various useful and unique features of PDCs related to their high chemical durability or high creep resistance or semiconducting behavior. From the processing point of view, preceramic polymers have been used as reactive binders to produce technical ceramics, they have been manipulated to allow for the formation of ordered pores in the meso-range, they have been tested for joining advanced ceramic components, and have been processed into bulk or macroporous components. Consequently, possible fields of applications of PDCs have been extended significantly by the recent research and development activities. Several key engineering fields suitable for application of PDCs include high-temperature-resistant materials (energy materials, automotive, aerospace, etc.), hard materials, chemical engineering (catalyst support, food- and biotechnology, etc.), or functional materials in electrical engineering as well as in micro/nanoelectronics. The science and technological development of PDCs are highly interdisciplinary, at the forefront of micro- and nanoscience and technology, with expertise provided by chemists, physicists, mineralogists, and materials scientists, and engineers. Moreover, the production and availability of Si-based polymers as preceramic precursors used has been commercialized and has dramatically increased over the past few years. In this Symposium, the latest scientific issues related to advanced PDCs with respect to fundamental science an technical application will be discussed.
In particular, the following issues will be addressed and highlighted:

• General synthesis procedures to produce silicon-based preceramic polymers.
• Microstructural features of PDCs
• Functional and structural properties of PDCs related to their unique nanosized microstructure
• Processing strategies to fabricate ceramic components and ceramic matrix composites from preceramic polymers
• Real-life applications that take advantage of the special characteristics of preceramic polymers