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Inorganic Chemistry Division


Number: 2000-024-2-200

Title: Teaching high temperature materials chemistry at University

Task Group
Giovanni Balducci

Members: Andrea Ciccioli, G. De Maria, F. Hodaj, J. Edwards, A. Navrotsky, and G.M. Rosenblatt

The proposed project will provide a resource book of topics in the area of properties and behaviour of high temperature materials for those teaching materials science or physical or inorganic chemistry at various levels. The recommended topics will be accompanied with a bibliography of helpful references and a short introduction or explanation, including the areas of application.

The development of high temperature materials chemistry (HTMC) as increasingly important field of scientific and technological research is due to the continuous demand for new materials and the need for a systematic knowledge of their physical and chemical behaviour in the conditions required by the new technologies, in particular e.g., space and energy technologies. These materials- e.g., oxide and non-oxide modern multifunctional ceramics, intermetallics - which offer interesting technical applications for surface coatings, electronic components, advanced turbines etc, are prepared through high temperature processing (e.g. transport reactions, CVD, combustion synthesis, laser ablation and deposition) and must be stable under extreme thermal and chemical conditions. HTMC now encompasses so many fields of science and technology and its advancement has seen a synergic interchange between basic and applied research with the application of thermodynamics, kinetics and a variety of physical, chemical and modeling techniques to investigate processes and behaviour of materials at temperatures as high as 3000K and beyond in the range of 5000K. The results of over than 50 years of studies demonstrated that the general behaviour of materials and reactions at high temperatures differ often dramatically from those we are educated to expect at near room temperature. HTMC topics are rarely addressed in chemistry and materials science programs at university. Therefore, to fill the gap it is important to introduce the concepts underlying the behaviour of materials and chemical bonding at high temperatures to students of chemistry and materials science


Last Update: 7 September 2006

<project announcement published in Chem Int. Nov-Dec 2006>

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