New material is given on the nanolevel structure of PDCs, and it is shown how nano-sized modifications can alter and improve the properties of polymer derived ceramics, including high chemical durability, oxidation resistance, luminescence, and piezo-resistivity. Groundbreaking work is also described on novel precursors such as stoichiometric SiC, BN, and SiBCN ceramics. In terms of technology, this volume explains how PDCs are fabricated and how these novel materials are used in membranes, filters, MEMS, fibers, and micro-components.
Covers synthesis, structure, properties and applications
Strategies for characterizing and synthesizing PDCs
Original research on pre-ceramic PDC precursors
1. Historical Review of the Development of Polymer Derived Ceramics (PDCs)
2. Synthesis and Properties of Preceramic Properties
- Chemical Design of Preceramic Polymers
- Rheology of Preceramic Polymers
- Polymer-to-Ceramic Transformation
3. Microstructure Evolution and Characterization
- Microstructure and Characterization Techniques
- The SiCN System
- The SiBCN System
- SiCO System
- Modelling Approaches of Amorphous SiCO
- Thermal Stability: Decomposition and Crystallization
- Metal Containing Precursor Ceramics with Catalytic Potentials
- Oxidation Behavior
5. Processing and Applications
- Pressing, Extrusion and Injection Molding
- Filler Systems (Bulk Components and Nanocomposites)
- Highly Porous Components
- Composite Fabrication and CMCs
- Microfabrication and MEMS/NEMS
- Synthesis under High Pressure and High Temperature
- Non-conventional Pyrolysis and Processing
6. Novel Developments and Future Outlook
The book starts after a short preface written by Rishi Raj with a historical review about the development of polymer derived ceramics. It outlines clear the importance of this kind of chemistry for complex Si, C, O, N, B, Al, Ti etc. containing ceramic systems, which can not be synthesized via other methods. Beside this is evidence given that the materials show too unexpected exceptional properties in respect of thermal, chemical and oxidation stability.
It follows a chapter about the synthesis and properties of preceramic polymers, introducing B-N – and B-C-N - systems. This chapter gives a good introduction into the syntheses, structures and possible applications for Boron based polymers. This chapter is followed consequently by another member of the third main group: Aluminium, which reviews the work done with Al – based precursors.The introduction to the chemical design of preceramic polymers is finished by a large chapter about the organosilicon based precursors, i.e. the polymeric silanes, silazanes and siloxanes and their combination with other elements like B or Al.
Furthermore will the reader find well documented information about structural, thermal, mechanical, optical, electrical, magnetic and oxidation properties. There is also a part missed normally in a typical chemical books: the description of the processing and applications of these precursors, which shows impressive the outstanding potential of this chemistry. This part counts for the half of the book.
It is obvious that such a review contains too an excellent citation of the literature used. Alone this makes it already highly valuable.
I can recommend truly this book and see it as a must have for anybody who is interested in this field of chemistry and for everybody who has to develop, to search for, to decide about projects (and funding) of materials of the future. As it is said in the book:
“Ceramics are the materials of the future – and they always will be!”
There is nothing left to add.
Management Consultant and Independent Scientist
Dr. Harald G. Beurich