Extraordinary Boride Ceramics

for Advanced Engineering Applications

Krakow, Poland, September 11-12, 2016 

jecs trust




Invited People       Workshop Goal

* Discussion on the current research and development covering a wide range of
    topics concerning boride nanomaterials for different industrial technologies.

* Give an opportunity for outstanding researchers from academia to gather
   together with students, junior scientists, and engineers for discussing
   achievements in the field of boride ceramics and entitling future directions in
   terms of development of boride based advanced technologies.

Organizing Committee

prof. dr. hab. inż. Jerzy Lis

prof. dr. hab. inż. Dariusz Kata



Extraordinary Boride Ceramics

Extraordinary boride ceramics attract a great interest due to the demand for
 high-performance materials important to many security related advanced
 technologies. Boron tends to form clusters in which B12 icosahedra or
 cubooctahedra are common structural units. Within B-clusters, the valence
 electron density is high, so boron-rich solids feature strong covalent bonding
 and correspondingly high melting point, high hardness, low compressibility, yet
 light weight and low coefficient of thermal expansion. These properties make
 borides good candidates for use under extreme conditions where other materials
 fail, including: abrasives; cutting tools; lightweight armor; fiber reinforcement;
 neutron shielding; nuclear reactor control rods; sand-blaster nozzles; turbines
 blades; thermal protection systems (TPS) for rockets; electron emitting cathodes
 for electron microscopy; thermocouples; thermoelectrics; and many other
 amazing applications. Boron has high affinity for transition- and rare-earth
 metals, which form many interesting borides. Metal atoms provide additional
 electrons that stabilize structures, resulting in new properties. Very few borides
 have a band gap above 2 eV, so most are darkly colored or opaque and
 unsuitable for optical applications, however a few found an innovative optical
 application as protective transparent thin films.

Research topics of the Workshop are as follows:

- synthesis of new boride ceramics
- boride nanocomposites
- boride thermoelectric conversion materials
- boride superconductors
- ultra high temperature ceramics
- lightweight advanced ceramic armor
- mechanical, thermal, optical, and electrical behavior of boride polycrystals
- methods to process boride nanomaterials
- boron rich solids: science and technology




11thSeptember 2016 – Lecture Session


Chairman prof. Dariusz Kata AGH WIMiC


Time Lecture
1300 Workshop Opening
1310 - 1350 Barbara Albert
  "Complexity in Borides: exotic solids or useful materials?"Abstract
1350 - 1430  Thomas Graule, Maciej Woźniak, Dariusz Kata
  "A review on the electrostatic and steric stabilization of oxides"Abstract
1430 - 1530   Lunch
1530 - 1610 Kiyotaka Matsuura
  "Boride particle dispersed hard metal" Abstract
1610- 1650  Dariusz Kata, Paweł Rutkowski, Jerzy Lis
  "Combustion Synthesis and propertis of borides" 
   and related ceramic materials"Abstract
1650- 1730  Tsutomu Mashimo
  "Shook- compression behaviors of some boride materials"Abstract


12thSeptember 2016 – 1000- 1200Open Discussion on Borides

Prof. dr. Barbara Albert

Technische Universität Darmstadt



Prof. dr. Thomas Graule

Materials Science and Technology


Prof. Kiyotaka MATSUURA

Hokkaido University
Faculty of Engineering 




Prof. Tsutomu Mashimo

Kumamoto University
Institute of Pulsed Power Science 


The workshop has
been partly
 supported by
JECS Trust of
European Ceramic Society