The Chair of Ceramics and Refractory Materials does extensive research on the optimisation of existing and the development of new ceramic and refractory materials. Based on thermodynamic model calculations in multi-component systems and the complete determined set of relevant substance property data and production parameters, material solutions are designed with specific focus on the problem at hand, adapted to specific requirements, such as corrosive ambiant conditions or high temperatures, and their behaviour is characterised with the aid of state-of-the art methods.
Beside in-depth research and testing in the field of refractory materials, particularly technical ceramics as key materials for novel applications in energy and environmental technologies as well as medical and wear technology are developed up to production maturity. The same applies to the qualification and optimisation of established material systems for new production methods such as additive manufacturing processes.
Including traditional silicate ceramic materials and products in its field of expertise, the chair remains the only German university institution covering the entire spectrum of ceramics in research and teaching.
The fields of activity currently divide into:
- Physicochemical fundamentals of ceramic materials
- Thermochemical material modelling
- Refractory testing, refractory construction
- Materials for high-temperature applications
- Mechanical material behaviour
- Ceramic Keramische process engineering
- Additive manufacturing processes
- Non-oxide ceramics
- Sol-gel coatings
Further detailed information on all topics can be found as (downloadable) handouts on www.ghi.rwth-aachen.de along with the relevant contact details..