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An Introduction to Ceramics


  • Offers an accessible introduction into one of the most important areas of materials science

  • Gives a concise overview on the multifaceted applications of ceramics

  • Provides comprehensive explanations of fundamental material properties


Part of the Lecture Notes in Chemistry book series (LNC, volume 86)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Roman Pampuch
    Pages 1-17
  3. Roman Pampuch
    Pages 19-38
  4. Roman Pampuch
    Pages 39-50
  5. Roman Pampuch
    Pages 51-57
  6. Roman Pampuch
    Pages 59-66
  7. Roman Pampuch
    Pages 67-77
  8. Roman Pampuch
    Pages 79-85
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 87-91

About this book


This book embraces both traditional and advanced ceramics produced from synthetic or deeply transformed natural raw materials. Following the path of ceramic innovation, this introduction explains electric properties of ceramic conductors, like high-temperature superconductors, reflects on the interaction of material and electromagnetic radiation, presents the importance of voids and defects in the material,  and provides an outlook on most recent developments in the field of ceramics, such as smart  or self-healing materials . It provides a quick grasp of the main points of ceramic thinking and is an ideal starting point for students in the field of chemistry, materials science or solid state physics.


Brittleness of Ceramics Composites Ferroelectrics Luminescence Piezoelectrics Porous Materials Pyroelectrics Self-healing Materials Smart Materials Transparent Materials

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Science and Technology,KrakówPoland

About the authors

Roman Pampuch is a professor-emeritus for Materials Science at the University of Science and Technology, Krakow, an internationally established expert on ceramics, recipient of the Leo Stuits Prize from the European Ceramic Society and from 1973 till 2013 Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Ceramic International”. He gave lectures on ceramics at numerous universities, such as the Technical University Clausthal, Germany, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Céramique Industrielle, France.

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