Preface. Part 1: Ceramics: Materials and Processes. Chapter 1. Ceramic compounds: ceramic materials (Philippe Boch, Jean-Francois Baumard). Chapter 2. History of ceramics (Anne Bouquillon). Chapter 3. Sintering and microstructure of ceramics (Philippe Boch, Anne Leriche). Chapter 4. Silicate ceramics (Jean-Pierre Bonnet, Jean-Marie Gaillard). Chapter 5. Ceramic forming processes (Thierry Chartier). Chapter 6. Alumina, mullite and spinel, zirconia (Philippe Boch, Thierry Chartier). Chapter 7. Non-oxide ceramics (Paul Goursat, Sylvie Foucaud). Part 2: Properties and Applications of Ceramics. Chapter 8. Mechanical properties of ceramics (Tanguy Rouxel). Chapter 9. Materials for cutting, drilling and tribology (Henri Pastor). Chapter 10. Refractory materials (Jacques Poirier). Chapter 11. Ceramics for electronics (Pierre Abelard). Chapter 12. Bioceramics, Christele Combes (Christian Rey). Chapter 13. Nuclear ceramics: fuels, absorbers and inert matrices (Clement Lemaignan, Jean-Claude Niepce). Chapter 14. Sol-gel methods and optical properties (Jean-Pierre Boilot, Jacques Mugnier). List of Authors. Index.
Philippe Boch was Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris, France and at the Ecole Superieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles, where he was also Director of Doctoral Studies in Materials Science. His scientific activities broadly concerned materials, ranging from physical metallurgy to non-destructive ultrasonic techniques and ceramic processes, with a recent shift to bioceramics and cementitious materials. His contributions appear in more than 200 scientific papers, and were recognized by several prestigious awards, among which the Stuijts award of the European Ceramic Society and the Chaudron medal of the French Society of Metallurgy and Materials. He was also a Distinguished Life member of the American Ceramic Society, and a member of the World Academy of Ceramics. Jean-Claude Niepce is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Bourgogne in Dijon, France. His main research interest is the production of nanopowders and nanoceramics in the field of linear and nonlinear dielectric materials. He is secretary of the French Ceramics Group and member of the European Ceramic Society.