Get access

Selected Emerging Opportunities for Ceramics in Energy, Environment, and Transportation


  • Shanmugavelayutham Sundaram,

    1. Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering and New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University Alfred, Alfred, NY, USA
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Paolo Colombo,

    1. Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università di Padova, Padova, Italy
    2. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Yutai Katoh

    1. Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
    Search for more papers by this author


Novel ceramic materials and advanced techniques for processing them and controlling their microstructure are breaking new ground in the areas of energy, environment, and transportation. For example, terahertz (THz) properties of ceramic materials and advanced structures reveal their potential for sensing in energy and environmental applications as well as local communication networks in transportation. Emerging opportunities for the development of improved porous ceramics for engine emissions control are discussed in particular, in consideration of the key role that this technology has with respect to global environmental and transportation concerns. Moreover, it is anticipated that advanced ceramics and composites of certain classes will enable innovation in nuclear energy by providing breakthrough accident-tolerant features. In this article, we highlight these three areas of ceramics that are critical to the future and also show promise for growth.

Get access to the full text of this article