Deville, Sylvain Laboratoire de Synthèse et Fonctionnalisation des Céramiques, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Marcoussis, France.
- Principles of ice templating
- Advantages and limitations
- Links to Primary Literature
The solidification or freezing of colloidal suspensions or colloids is commonly encountered in a variety of natural processes, such as the freezing of soils and the growth of sea ice in northern regions, as well as in everyday life and engineering situations, such as food engineering, materials science, cryobiology, filtration or water purification, and the removal of pollutants from waste. It is an amazingly common phenomenon in natural, physical, social, and technological environments. The associated costs (degradation of roads) or benefits (climate control, cryopreservation protocols, and tissue-engineering scaffolds) are of tremendous importance. Among the many applications of colloid freezing, its potential use as a processing route for bio-inspired porous materials is particularly innovative and exciting. This processing route is currently referred to as freeze casting or ice templating.
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