Nanomaterials and ceramics

Nanomaterials and ceramics

We cover novel nanomaterials and nanostructures, nanoceramics and polymer nanocomposites, as well as lead-free ferroelectric ceramic materials. These activities will, in particular, pursue innovations and development of different nanowire-based applications, studies of glass ceramics for numerous photonic applications, and development of lead-free multi-ferroic materials.

Nanomaterials and Ceramics

Composite nanomaterials synthesis

Composite material development

Composite materials such as glass ceramics are important functional materials which comprise the best properties of glass and crystalline matter, providing a chemically-stable, thermally and mechanically-durable material with superior optical properties which commonly are distinctive of much more expensive, but also fragile crystals.

Our work includes oxyfluoride glass ceramics using silicate glass and various fluoride crystal counterparts which are superior for various optical applications.

Optical spectroscopy set-up for characterization of ceramic materials.

Optical spectroscopy set-up for characterization of ceramic materials

We can offer a full cycle, from material investigation to development of a ceramic-based prototype, and we can also handle production. We carry out melting, casting and thermal treatment.

We can carry out characterisation of the prototype using various methods, including electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction analysis, differential thermal analysis (DTA), optical spectroscopy and magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Ceramic glass

Preparation of ceramic glass

Ferro-electric material development

We also work with development of novel lead-free ferro-electric materials doped with monoxides (including lanthanides), creating binary and multi-component solid solutions.

Our work includes determination of the impact of technological factors (solid-state synthesis, two-step sintering, hot pressing) on the properties of ferro-electric ceramics, and investigation of the mechanisms of synthesis and sintering, elemental analysis and microstructural studies, as well as analysis of grain size and grain size distribution, using these to obtain information relating to grain growth mechanisms and microstructural evolution.

Magnetic resonance spectroscopy


Case studies

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