RESEARCH ARTICLE


Editorial - Polymer-Derived Ceramics (PDCs)



Zengyong Chu*, §
State Key Lab of Advanced Ceramic Fibers and Composites, College of Aerospace and Materials Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073, P.R. China.


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§ Guest Editor


Abstract

Polymer-derived ceramics (PDCs) are the ceramics derived from preceramic polymers by a pyrolysis process, which makes them much different from those by traditional sintering techniques. The PDCs present a growing interest in the ceramic science for their much suitability in (i) elaborating complex forms (fibers, films, porous ceramics, etc...), (ii) developing ceramic micro/nanostructures, (iii) controlling ultimate compositions and (iv) producing amorphous ceramics stable at ultra-high temperatures. The most attractive point of the PDCs lies in the tailoring the complex microstructure and functional properties easily with the aid of molecular design and polymer synthesis. To some extent, their life energy is rooted in the polymers.

In this special issue, papers were organized from a viewpoint of the effect of polymer structures on the functional properties of the PDCs.