Program committee / Competitions / Topics

Chairmen - Programme Committee

Prof. Dr. Ingolf VOIGT
Fraunhofer IKTS, Hermsdorf

Prof. Dr. Jörg TÖPFER
EAH, Jena

Prof. Dr. Frank MÜLLER
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena


Chairman - Poster Exhibition and Poster competition 2023

Participation requirements:

  • All participants of CERAMICS 2023 with a poster submission accepted by the program committee are eligible to participate in the poster competition.
  • Not eligible - Participants in the Hans-Walter-Hennicke Lecture Competition.

PD Dr. Guido FALK
Universität des Saarlandes


Chairmen - Hans-Walter-Hennicke Lecture Competition 2023

In remembrance of Prof. Dr. Hans-Walter Hennicke, the DKG has been awarding the Hans-Walter Hennicke Lecture Competition Award since 1995. With this prize, we honor the best lectures of young ceramists and academics on the topics of their final theses. Not eligible - Participants in the poster competition and/or speakers at CERAMICS 2023.

Participation requirements:
All graduates (Bachelor's, Master's, Diploma or comparable final examination - with the exception of doctoral theses) whose scientific work in the field of raw materials/ceramics was submitted to a college, academy or university and whose defense did not take place more than one year ago are eligible to participate.

Dr. Michael ROZUMEK
Morgan Advanced Materials
Haldenwanger GmbH, Waldkraiburg

Prof. Dr. Stefan SCHAFFÖNER
Universität Bayreuth




Members Program committee


Advisory Board


TOPIC 01 - Raw materials, Powder preparation, Precursors

Subtopics: raw materials, supply chains, recycling, powder synthesis,  powder processing, precursor ceramics

The selection of suitable raw materials and processes for their production are of increasing importance for the development of modern advanced ceramics. Structural ceramics, for example, require the use of very fine raw powders, functional ceramics require the most homogeneous distribution of dopants in the raw material and silicate ceramics require the targeted extraction and suitable conditioning of naturally occurring raw materials to ensure processing properties that are as uniform as possible. In polymer-derived ceramics, the metal-organic precursors also have a decisive influence on the crosslinking and ceramization behavior as well as the chemical composition of the resulting ceramic. Topic 1 covers all aspects from obtaining raw materials to their processing and recycling options. The following topics, among others, are in focus:

  • Approaches for the synthesis of ceramic nanoparticles and nanofibers
  • Natural resources for the production of silicate ceramics
  • Innovative processes for homogeneous raw powder preparation
  • Correlation between raw material characteristics and processing properties
  • Surface functionalization of nanoparticles
  • Targeted synthesis, modification and ceramization of preceramic polymers
  • Raw material recycling

Prof. Dr. Frank MÜLLER
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Prof. Dr. Christina SILIGARDI
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Dr. Christoph PIRIBAUER
FGK, Höhr-Grenzhausen

Prof. Dr. Sanjay MATHUR
Universität zu Köln


PD Dr. Günther MOTZ
Universität Bayreuth



TOPIC 02 - Ceramic processing                 

Subtopics: thermal processes, sintering, energy efficiency, coatings, green machining, injection molding, additive manufacturing, automation, digitization

Recent developments of the cornerstone policy of the Emissions Trading System (ETS), the planned introduction of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), the conversion of the energy supply from fossil fuels to renewable alternatives to achieve industry´s climate neutrality by 2050 as well as the potential supply risk of critical material resources enforces the ceramic industry to further developments of resource- and raw material-saving processes and profound adaptations and technical innovations of ceramic process technologies. The Topic Ceramic Processing is a forum for promoting these technical innovations at the interface of materials science, process engineering and application. Leading scientists in their field will report on current findings and the latest process engineering developments along the ceramic process chain (ceramic shaping and coating processes, green body processing, thermal processing and sintering techniques, and finishing) as well as on current results in the fields of additive manufacturing, process automation and digitization. We welcome contributions on the following topics:

  • Thermal processes, sintering, energy efficiency
  • Coating
  • Machining, green and hard machining
  • Injection moulding, multi-component injection moulding, in-mould labelling
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Automation, digitization

PD Dr. Guido FALK
Universität des Saarlandes

Dr. Giorgia FRANCHIN,
University of Padua, Italy

Dr. Tassilo MORITZ
Fraunhofer IKTS, Dresden

Prof. Dr. Ralf GOLLER
Hochschule Augsburg


Prof. Dr. Jens GÜNSTER
BAM, Berlin

Dr. Volker UHLIG
IBT GmbH, Freiberg



TOPIC 03 - Characterization, Modelling, Simulation

Subtopics: materials and process diagnostics, simulation and modelling, characterization of porous materials

This topic covers the characterization, modelling and simulation of porous and dense ceramic materials in the entire process chain from manufacturing to application. The topic equally addresses the establishment and use of new as well as existing testing and characterization methods as well as the use of simulation and modelling methods from material to (micro-)structure and on to processes and applications. Examples may include:

  • New and established testing as well as methodological characterization procedures for physical properties and in-process testing in the processing of ceramic materials.
  • New methods for characterization and determination of the microstructure and its structural description and properties of porous ceramic materials
  • New approaches in material modeling and use of process and application simulation in the value chain of ceramic materials
  • New methods for the determination and optimization of thermomechanical properties of ceramic materials.
  • New methods and processes for increasing the reliability of ceramic components

PD Dr. Tobias FEY
FAU, Erlangen

University Trento, Italy

Prof. Dr. Verena MERKLINGER
Hochschule Konstanz

BAM, Berlin


Dr. Martin CHRIST
Virtual Materials & Processses GmbH, Ausgsburg



TOPIC 04 - Silicate ceramics    

Subtopics: silicate ceramics, materials and technology

The oldest material group of all ceramics, is used everywhere in the fields of tableware, sanitary ware, building materials and tiles, thermal engineering, measurement and control technology, process and environmental technology, high and low voltage technology etc. Especially regarding the current demands from the areas of legal requirements, recycling, energy and supply chains, silicate ceramics are in a state of upheaval. In the symposium itself, all application areas of silicate ceramics should receive their equal consideration, therefore submissions from all application areas are highly welcome. Examples may include:

  • Influence of alternative sintering technologies on product properties.
  • Use of recycled materials and alternative raw materials in silicate ceramics and their influence on processing and product properties.
  • Processing properties of ceramic bodies.
  • Technical issues in creativity: inkjet decoration, glazing and related technologies.

Prof. Dr. Pascal SEFFERN
Hochschule Koblenz


Michele DONDI



TOPIC 05 - Refractory ceramics

Subtopics: refractory ceramics, materials and technology

Refractories (ceramics, metals, composites) are used at temperatures exceeding 600° Celsius. They are irreplaceable for today's society and a liveable environment. Without them, electricity generation or cell phone technology would be just as impossible as the production of metals, cement, ceramics, glass, or the design of processes in the chemical industry. The goals of CO2 reduction, the use of hydrogen in metallurgical processes, or the use of oxygen in the cement industry are closely linked to developments in the field of these high-temperature materials. Their macro-and micro design opens up a broad innovation potential for new process technologies and new product qualities under challenging economic and ecological boundary conditions. Papers may include:

  • Basic Science for high temperature applications
  • Refractory products for metallurgy applications
  • Refractory products in the chemical industry
  • Refractory products for the energy production


Prof. Dr. Christos G. ANEZIRIS
TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Prof. Jean-Marc TULLIANI
Politecnico di Torino, Italy




TOPIC 06 - Structural ceramics

Subtopics: wear-resistant ceramics, transparent ceramics, ballistic protection

This topic covers ceramics with exceptional temperature and corrosion resistance, mechanical stability and tribological properties. Composites, functionalized materials and coatings that enable new combinations of properties and applications are addressed. Fields of applications are not only wear parts, cutting tools, bearings, seals, valves or pumps in plant engineering but also armour and aerospace ceramics. Contributions are expected on the following material categories, among others:

  • Oxide ceramics (Al2O3, ZrO2, MgO, TiO2, MgAl2O4, Al2TiO5, ...)
  • Non-oxide ceramics (SiC, Si3N4, AlN, B4C, transition metal carbides and borides...)
  • Wear protection coatings (PVD, CVD, thermal spraying)


Dr. Michael ZINS
Fraunhofer IKTS, Dresden

Dr. Diletta SCITI

Dr. Andreas KAILER
Fraunhofer IWM



TOPIC 07 - Ceramics for energy conversion

Subtopics: batteries, fuel cells, electrolysis, hydrogen, thermoelectics

This topic covers ceramic materials (including their microstructure, processing, and properties) relevant to components in the energy sector and, in particular, to the production and use of hydrogen and to batteries:

  • high-temperature electrolysis,
  • ceramics for thermochemical solar hydrogen production
  • solid oxide fuel cells
  • ceramics for hydrogen combustion
  • thermoelectrics
  • electrochemical storage: electrode materials, ceramic electrolytes, solid state batteries, etc.

Prof. Dr. Olivier GUILLON
FZ Jülich GmbH

Prof. Federico SMEACETTO
Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Prof. Dr. Armin FELDHOFF
Universität Hannover

Prof. Dr. Michael STELTER
Fraunhofer IKTS, Hermsdorf


TOPIC 08 - Ceramics for environmental and process engineering and climate protection

Subtopics: filters, membranes, heat exchange, catalysts, photocatalysis

This subject area includes ceramic materials for applications in chemical engineering, environmental technology and climate protection. The topic addresses both the production and characterization of these ceramics as well as the further development of components and systems and their application. Examples may include:

  • Porous filtration and separation membranes / Application in water treatment, desalination, gas separation, pervaporation, membrane contactors (e.g. membrane distillation, membrane extraction), membrane reactors)
  • Dense ion conducting and mixed ion/electron conducting membranes for gas separation (oxygen permeable and hydrogen permeable membranes)
  • Hot gas filter and heat exchanger / Application in dedusting, heat recovery, air conditioning,
  • Catalysts / Applications in exhaust gas catalysis (e.g. VOC, NOx, CO) and process catalysis (e.g. methanation, reforming, water gas shift reaction, ammonia synthesis), co-electrolysis of water vapor and carbon dioxide in ceramic high-temperature electrolysis, coupling with Fischer-Tropsch synthesis
  • Piezoceramics for water treatment, combination with oxidative processes (AOP processes)

Prof. Dr. Ingolf VOIGT
Fraunhofer IKTS, Hermsdorf

Prof. ing. Paolo COLOMBO
University of Padua, Italia

Dr. Christoph GÖBBERT
Nanostone Water, Halberstadt

Prof. Dr. Willi MEULENBERG
FZ Jülich GmbH, Jülich


TOPIC 09 - Functional ceramics

Subtopics: ferro- and piezoelectrics, magnetic ceramics ,  thermistors, varistors,  sensors, LTCC, HF-ceramics, phosphors, photocatalysis

The topic "Functional Ceramics" focuses in particular on electroceramic materials and their applications, such as:

  • Dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials.
  • semiconducting, sensor and thermoelectric ceramics.
  • magnetic and magnetoelectric ceramic materials.
  • Ceramics with optical properties.

In addition to basic material science and material engineering aspects, such as correlations of properties with the microstructure or the crystal structure, aspects of ceramic technology, ceramic films or ceramic multi-layer ceramic technology will be discussed. Applications of functional ceramics, components and systems are also of high relevance.

KIT, Karlsruhe

Prof. Dr. Vincenzo BUSCAGLIA
Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry and Technologies for Energy, Italy

Fraunhofer IKTS, Dresden

Prof. Dr. Jan WERNER
FGK, Höhr-Grenzhausen


Prof. Dr. Jörg TÖPFER
EAH, Jena



TOPIC 10 - Composites

Subtopics: fiber composites, composites, hybrid materials, bio-based and bio-inspired ceramics

Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) show a very high damage tolerance and are especially designed for high-temperature light weight application and in the fields of energy, combustion and industrial processing. In this symposium the actual development of these composites will be addressed. Especially the following topics will be considered:

  • New manufacturing and process technologies
  • Properties of Ceramic Matrix Composites and their constituents under application relevant conditions
  • Joining/integration of CMC
  • Application
  • Simulation and modelling of properties and processes.
  • Resource efficiency and life cycle analysis

Prof. Dr. Dietmar KOCH
Universität Augsburg

Prof. Monica FERRARIS
Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Universität Bayreuth


TOPIC 11 - Bioceramics

Subtopics: bioceramics, bone replacement materials, bioactive materials, bio-functionalization

Bioceramics – Ceramics for applications in healthcare, pharmacy and biotechnology. The emphasis of this symposium is placed within the extended area of bioceramics, bioactive glasses and composite materials for healthcare, including medicinal, pharmaceutical and biotechnological applications. Bioceramics, in all their variants, are addressed, including bioinert ceramics for implants and prostheses, bioactive ceramics and glasses for tissue engineering and advanced applications such as medical imaging, controlled drug release and cancer treatment as well as their usage in bioreactors. The topics of the presentations may range from basic scientific research to technological aspects related to design, processing, characterization and application of bioceramics in existing and potential future applications. The symposium includes the following topics (among others):

  • Bioceramics for medical implants
  • Bioactive scaffolds for tissue engineering
  • Bone replacement, regeneration and reconstruction
  • Bioceramics for therapeutic ion and substance release
  • Ceramics for nanomedicine
  • Ceramics for biotechnology

FAU, Erlangen

Prof. Paola PALMERO
Politecnico of Torino, Italy

Dr. Sabine BEGAND
Fraunhofer IKTS

Prof. Dr. Uwe GBURECK
Universität  Würzburg


Prof. Dr. Kurosch REZWAN
Univerität Bremen