Special Issue - From powder to microstructure of ceramics

Open Ceramics, the official, peer-reviewed, Open Access journal of the European Ceramic Society, published by Elsevier, invites research and review articles to be published in a special issue “From powder to microstructure of ceramics”.

Benefitting from the progress made in quality powder synthesis, atomistic modelling and advanced microscopy, microstructure and grain boundary engineering will play an increasing role in the future development of special and tailored high-performance ceramics. Advances made especially in the identification, prediction and control of complexion transitions have promoted new research focus topics in the ceramics field and beyond. Ceramic processing plays here a dominant role, from the facets, form factor of the initial ceramic powders, through the processing to the final sintering cycles. With the many properties being microstructure and grain-boundary controlled, progress in this very field will boost our ability to control and design the material properties of the future.

The aim of this special issue is to gather contributions that address current progress in the field of microstructure engineering of ceramics. Special focus is given to the interplay between the powder characteristics (through synthesis and doping), the sintering technologies and profiles, and the microstructure with its characteristic properties. Contributions in specific fields such as powder synthesis, sintering, modeling or advanced characterization, which pave the way towards advanced microstructure engineering, are equally invited.

Open Ceramics welcomes novel contributions on recent developments in the field of ceramic powder synthesis and sintering of ceramics for either structural, functional or biomedical applications including:

• Powder synthesis, particle shape, facets and size distribution control
• Effect of surface characteristics and chemistry on the sintering
• Chemical homogeneity and phase purity of powders
• Advanced sintering methods
• Atomistic modeling of complexions and complexion transitions
• Microstructure and grain boundary engineering
• Microstructure and grain boundary characterization
• Property and microstructure relationship (mechanical, electrical, optical, chemical, …)
• Future prospects in microstructure and grain boundary engineering

We kindly invite you to submit your work to contribute to this special issue.

Deadline for manuscript submission: October 31st, 2021.

Special Issue Guest Editors
Dr. Michael Stuer
High performance ceramics laboratory, Empa, Überlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Zhe Zhao
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technology, 100 Haiquan Rd, Fengxian Qu, Shanghai 201418, China

Dr. Cheuk-Wai Tai
Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University, Institutionen för material- och miljökemi 106 91 Stockholm

Prof. Dr. Abhishek Tewari
Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee-247667, Uttarakhand, India

Open Ceramics, Editor-in-Chief

Prof.-Ing. Paolo Colombo
University of Padova, Department Industrial Engineering, Via Marzolo 9, 35131 Padova, Italy and The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University Park, PA 16802, USA

Special Issue Information:

We are pleased to inform you that this Special Issue will waive the APC (Article Publishing Charge) until 31st October 2021. This will be applicable for any submissions received before this date, which are accepted for publication after peer review.

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