The Ceramics Division started its research activities in areas of synthesis, characterization and evaluation of ceramic materials for electronic and biomedical applications. In later years, research lines on structural ceramics, composite materials, magnetic ceramics, hybrid coatings, mechanochemistry reactions and supercritical fluid technology were incorporated.

Research lines:

  • Development of organic-inorganic hybrid coatings
  • Development of nanostructured ceramic for electronic applications
  • Composite materials of high dielectric constant
  • Lead-free piezoelectric and relaxor materials
  • Processing of porous ceramic materials
  • Development of ceramic materials formed by 3D printing technologies
  • Mechanical behavior of advanced ceramics, in dense and porous grades, and refractories, at room temperature and high temperatures
  • Gaseous and liquid slag corrosion of refractory materials
  • Mechanochemical synthesis of functional ceramics
  • Magnetic and multiferroic materials based on transition metal oxides
  • Development of nanostructured composite biomaterials
  • Development of bone cements based on calcium phosphates
  • Supercritical fluid technology application to the development and processing of biomaterials
  • Treatment and reuse of waste applied to ceramic materials

Services and Developments


  • Evaluation of ceramic raw materials and ceramic products
  • Ceramic processing by traditional or non-conventional techniques
  • Design and development of ceramic materials for specific applications
  • Mechanical behavior at room temperature and high temperatures; design of non-routine tests
  • Corrosion of refractories
  • Evaluation of the electrical behavior of ceramic materials


Thermal, physical and physicochemical tests

  • Real and apparent densities
  • Total, open and closed porosities
  • Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses (up to 1400 ° C)
  • Qualitative and semi-quantitative phase analysis by XRD
  • Determination of the elemental composition by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry
  • Particle size distribution
  • Microstructural analysis (qualitative and quantitative relationships of phases and pores)

 Ceramic materials processing

  • Calcination and sintering up to 1700 °C
  • Milling in ball, attrition and planetary mills
  • Granulometric separation by sieving
  • Exfoliation of clays using supercritical CO2
  • Preparation of aerogels by supercritical drying
  • Rheological tests of ceramic suspensions (flow curves and oscillatory tests)

Thermomechanical tests

  • Hardness (H; Vickers and Knoop) and fracture toughness (KIC) by the indentation technique
  • Biaxial flexure test at room temperature
  • Mechanical tests under uniaxial and diametral compression, and 3-points and 4-points flexure, at room temperature and high temperatures
  • Thermal expansion and creep in compression of refractory materials
  • Stress/strain curves in compression at room temperature and high temperatures
  • Elastic moduli and damping by impulse excitation technique at room temperature

Electrical and dielectric tests

  • Determination of the piezoelectric constant
  • Cycle of ferroelectric hysteresis Ciclo de histéresis ferroeléctrica
  • Determination of dielectric properties by impedance spectroscopy
  • Determination of surface resistivity and conductivity of thin layers


Dr. Miriam S. Castro This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dr. María Andrea Camerucci This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




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