Multi-Functional Ceramic Composites through Nanocomposite Technology

K. Niihara, T. Kusunose, S. Kohsaka, T. Sekino, Y. H. Choa

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Ceramic based nanocomposites, in which nano-sized ceramic and metal particulates are dispersed within matrix grains and/or at grain boundaries, have a great possibility to essentially improve the mechanical properties of ceramic materials even at high temperatures. This concept is also applicable to the electronic ceramics as well as the metal and polymer composites. Based on this nanocomposite concept, various multi-functional ceramic materials were recently developed. In this paper, a brief review on the ceramic based nanocomposites is first given, and then an approach to multi-functional ceramics will be discussed based on the nanocomposite concept. As typical examples of multi-functional ceramic materials, the processing, micro/nanostructure and property will be given for the supertough/strong ceramics, the strong ceramics with the stress sensing function and the strong ceramics with the machinability like metals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-534
Number of pages8
JournalKey Engineering Materials
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Intermaterials
  • Multi-Functional Ceramics
  • Nanocomposite
  • Synergy Ceramics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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