Ceramics is a branch of materials science and engineering that involves the fabrication of a wide range of products using non-metallic and inorganic materials.
The field falls largely into two areas:
- Conventional ceramics is based on naturally occurring raw materials used to produce materials such as glass, porcelain, bricks, tiles, refractories and cement.
- Advanced ceramics requires high-purity synthetic chemicals to produce products such as semiconductors; superhard materials for machining, wear resistance, and military armour; fibre optics for telecommunication; many types of functional ceramics for specific applications, such as piezoelectrics for sonars and speakers as well as ferrites for data storage; and many types of optical devices, such as lens coatings.
Australian industry traditionally has maintained a strong presence in the large-scale manufacture of conventional ceramics because these products are used in construction and domestic applications. However, Australia also has numerous, typically smaller, companies that produce highly specialised ceramics for high-demand applications.
Ceramics Group Research Interests:
- Wear of dental enamel and prosthetic ceramics
- Fatigue of lead-free piezoceramics
- Non-destructive strength prediction of piezoceramics
- Actuation mechanisms in lead-free piezoceramics
- High-conductivity polymer matrix nanocomposites in clean energy applications
- Modification colour of coal fly ash from grey-black to white
- Recycling of coal - fly ash in thermoplastics, thermosets and structural applications
- Multi-length scale analysis of actuation mechanisms in electro-mechanical ceramics
- Ferroelectric thin films
- Hard nitride-based coatings
- Mineral-biochar interactions and interfaces
- Photocatalytic oxides
- Photochromic oxides
- Fly ash utilisation
- Waste utilisation in structural clay products
- Cements and mortar
- Piezoelectric ceramics
- Sol-gel processing of functional ceramics
- Defect engineering and interfacial engineering of oxides
- Fly ash reinforced ceramics
- Recycling of milled carbon fibres in structural composites
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