Ceramics: Latest Advances and Prospects

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Science and Engineering".

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Department of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, University Jaume I-Castellón, 12071 Castelló de la Plana, Castelló, Spain
Interests: ceramic and glass ceramic materials; development of new properties in ceramic materials; study of synthesis methods and processing of ceramic materials; improvements in ceramic tiles industry; development of photovoltaic tiles for their architectural integration (BIPV)
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Departamento de Química Inorgánica y Orgánica, Universitat Jaume I, 12071 Castellón, Spain
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Dear Colleagues,

The ceramic tile industry has achieved significant global development in recent decades, both in its volume of production and in its manufacturing technology, as well as in the high level of development achieved in the field of ceramic design.

The important challenges that it faces today include, first of all, the globalization of its markets, due to intense competition. Additionally, for manufacturing costs and environmental aspects (energy costs, consumption of raw materials of natural origin and water, and the environmental impact), which are integral to the automation of their processes (industry 4.0), savings of natural resources are due to the introduction of modern concepts of circular economy.

This Special Issue will deal with current production technology issues, as well as the new ceramic processes and the developments carried out in the face of the valorization of tiles and the search for new functionalities. In this sense, examples of these new functionalities will be proposed, such as bactericidal ceramic tiles; ceramic tiles for "air cleaning"; phosphorescent tiles; and tiles that provide warmth, such as so-called thermal tiles, among other functionalities.

A special chapter will be dedicated to photovoltaic tiles, which possess a capacity for architectural integration (BIPV).

It will also deal with other industrial sectors related to the productive industrial sector, such as ceramic paste preparation industries; ceramic rheological additives industries; and the industries of frits, enamels, and ceramic pigments, which are all constituents of the so-called ceramic cluster.

Prof. Dr. Juan B. Carda Castelló
Dr. Fraga Chiva Diego
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  • ceramic tiles industry
  • ceramic production technology
  • ceramic glazes
  • frits
  • ceramic pigments
  • Industry 4.0
  • circular economy
  • new functionalities in ceramic tiles
  • photovoltaic tiles

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7 pages, 1856 KiB  
Effect of Al, Ga, and In Doping on the Optical, Structural, and Electric Properties of ZnO Thin Films
by Samuel Porcar, Jaime González, Diego Fraga, Teodora Stoyanova Lyubenova, Gina Soraca and Juan B. Carda
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(21), 10122; https://doi.org/10.3390/app112110122 - 28 Oct 2021
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ZnO thin films with oxygen vacancies and doped with Al, Ga, and In (Zn1-xMxO1−y (x = 0.03)) have been successfully deposited on soda-lime glass substrates using a simple soft chemical method. The crystalline structure shows a single hexagonal [...] Read more.
ZnO thin films with oxygen vacancies and doped with Al, Ga, and In (Zn1-xMxO1−y (x = 0.03)) have been successfully deposited on soda-lime glass substrates using a simple soft chemical method. The crystalline structure shows a single hexagonal phase of wurtzite with preferred crystal growth along the 002 plane. The surface morphology, characterized by SEM, revealed that the grain shape varies depending on the dopant agent used. Optical measurements displayed an increase in the bandgap values for doped films from 3.29 for ZnO to 3.35, 3.32, and 3.36 for Al, Ga, and In doped films, respectively, and an average transmittance superior to 90% in some cases (in the range between 400 and 800 nm). The electrical response of the films was evaluated with a four-point probe being 229.69, 385.71, and 146.94 Ω/sq for aluminium, gallium, and indium doped films, respectively. Full article
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