What are Advanced Ceramics?
The English word ceramics is derived from the Greek word keramos, which means “burned clay.”
The term originally referred to china almost exclusively. Nowadays, however, we often refer to non-metallic, inorganic substances such as refractories, glass and cements as ceramics. For this reason, ceramics are now regarded as “non-metallic, inorganic substances that are manufactured through a process of molding or shaping and exposure to high temperatures.”
The ceramics, porcelains are used in electronics and other high-tech industries, so they must meet highly precise specifications and demanding performance requirements. Today, they are called Advanced Ceramics (also known as “technical ceramics”)* to distinguish them from conventional ceramics made from natural materials, such as clay and silica rock. Advanced Ceramics are carefully engineered materials in which the chemical composition has been precisely adjusted using refined or synthesized raw powder, with a well-controlled method of forming and sintering.
The term “Advanced Ceramics” is interchangeable with “fine ceramics,” “structure ceramics,” “technical ceramics” and “engineered ceramics.” Use varies by region and industry.