The article, “Polymer-Derived Ceramics: 40 Years of Research and Innovation in Advanced Ceramics” by Columbo et al (July 2010) has scored the current top-ranking position in Web of Science standings of all articles published in the Materials Science Ceramics category in the past 10 years. That is Number 1 out of 49,492 articles published in 2008-2017!!
So what is the big deal about this? For us at X-MAT, it is a big deal because Polymer-Derived Ceramics (PDC) are at the heart of our X-MAT technology. In fact, we, at X-MAT, have pushed the path of the PDC technologies even farther along the path of the discoveries listed in this number 1 ranked paper.
Let us quote a line from the 40-year paper:
“ The polymer to ceramic conversion occurs with gas release which typically leads to cracks or pores which make the direct conversion of a preceramic part to a dense ceramic virtually unachievable, unless its dimension is typically below a few hundred micrometers(as in the case of fibers, coatings, or foams.) J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 93  p.1811 (2010)”
We have produced thick bulk components as thick as 50mm with diameters in excess of 250mm. According to the #1 ranked paper in the Materials Science Ceramics category, this is virtually unachievable!!
Makes you wonder what X-MAT is going to do next, doesn’t it?