Journal of Porous Materials

, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 859–867 | Cite as

Cellular ceramics from emulsified suspensions of mixed particles



In this work concentrated alumina suspensions have been emulsified with decane using silica nanoparticles of a range of hydrophobicities as stabiliser giving rise to novel porous ceramic materials. The materials are characterized by open porosities between 49 and 61% and average cell sizes between 18 and 25 μm. Comparison with surfactant-stabilized emulsified suspensions is given. In particular, high temperature strength is a key property of the particle-stabilized materials.


Emulsified suspension Pickering emulsion Cellular ceramic 



The authors would like to thank DFG for funding this project within the Research Training Group 1375 ‘‘Nonmetallic Porous Structures for Physical–Chemical Functions’’ and Wacker-Chemie (Germany) for the supply of the fumed silica powders.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CASC, Department of MaterialsImperial College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Keramische Werkstoffe und BauteileUniversity of BremenBremenGermany
  3. 3.Surfactant and Colloid Group, Department of ChemistryUniversity of HullHullUK
  4. 4.Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. in der Helmholtz-GemeinschaftInstitut für Bauweisen- und KonstruktionsforschungStuttgartGermany

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