About department

Field of scientific interest

The primary interest of the Department of Ceramics has been devoted to understanding the relations between microstructure and mechanical properties of oxide/non-oxide ceramic (nano-)composites and ceramic/metal (nano-)composites. Microstructural design of new types of composites (ceramic composites with high thermal and/or electrical conductivity, luminescent materials, corrosion and oxidation resistant materials, etc.) is a primary area of the department research. Ceramic materials combining the excellent mechanical properties along with the functional ones are in the centre of interest. The additional functional properties are designed by the grain boundary engineering using polymer derived precursors and/or by in situ modifications of the microstructures. This part of the research covers also the theoretical ab-initio approaches of engineering/functional properties design and explanation. Nevertheless, one branch of the research is oriented towards design of new types of refractories containing the non-oxide ceramic phases. This part of research is tightly bounded to the collaboration with the industry.


  • Head of department: doc. Ing. Miroslav Hnatko, PhD.


International and National Projects

CeramCom – New Generation Ultra-High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites for Aerospace Industry
Programme: H2020-MSCA-IF-2017, Grant agreement: 798651
Principal investigator IIC: Ing. Tatarko Peter PhD.
Partner: Central R&T, Airbus Defence and Space GmbH, Taufkirchen, Germany
Duration: 06/2018-05/2020
  • NEWSLETTER (May 2020) – summary of the project activities (DOWNLOAD report)
PyrMat – Development of refractory pyrochlore phases for high temperature applications of non-oxide ceramics
Vývoj žiaruvzdorných pyrochlórnych fáz pre vysokoteplotné aplikácie neoxidovej keramiky
Programme: APVV-17-0328
Partner: Institute of Materials Research SAS, Košice, Slovakia
Duration: 08/2018-06/2022
Development of new advanced ceramic composites for aerospace industry
Vývoj nových pokročilých keramických kompozitov pre vesmírne aplikácie
Programme: MAD SAV-AVČR 18-12
Partner Institute of Physics of Materials, ASCR, Czech Republic
Duration: 01/2018-12/2020
Preparation and characterization granuls/microspheres based on silicon nitride for bioapplications
Príprava a charakterizácia granúl / mikroguličiek na báze nitridu kremičitého pre bioaplikácie
Programme: VEGA 2/0152/18
Principal investigator IIC: doc. Ing. Hnatko Miroslav, PhD.
Duration: 01/2018-12/2021
Photoluminescent transparent oxynitride-based ceramics
Fotoluminiscenčné transparentné keramické materiály na báze oxinitridov
Programme: VEGA 2/0164/18
Principal investigator IIC: doc. Ing. Zoltán Lenčéš, PhD.
Duration: 01/2018-12/2021
EXTREMECER – Ceramic materials for extreme operating conditions
(Keramické materiály pre použitie v extrémnych podmienkach)
Programme: APVV-15-0469
Project coordinator: Institute of Materials Research of SAS
Principal investigator IIC: prof. RNDr. P. Šajgalík, DrSc.
Duration: 07/2016-06/2020
SERAMAT – Assessment of secondary raw materials for the preparation of materials used in extreme conditions
(Zhodnotenie druhotných surovín pre materiály s využitím v extrémnych podmienkach)
Programme: APVV-15-0540
Principal investigator IIC: doc. Ing. M. Hnatko, PhD.
Duration: 07/2016-06/2020

Selected Publications

BALESTRAT, Maxime – ACOSTA, Emanoelle Diz – HANZEL, Ondrej – TESSIER-DOYEN, Nicolas – MACHADO, Ricardo – ŠAJGALÍK, PavolLENČÉŠ, Zoltán – BERNARD, Samuel**. Additive-free low temperature sintering of amorphous Si-B-C powders derived from boron-modified polycarbosilanes: Toward the design of SiC with tunable mechanical, electrical and thermal properties. In Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2020, vol. 40, no. 7, p. 2604-2612.

CASALEGNO, Valentina** – DE LA PIERRE, Stefano – CORAZZARI, Ingrid – TURCI, Francesco – TATARKO, Peter – DAMIANO, Olivier – CORNILLON, Laurence – TERENZI, Andrea – NATALI, Maurizio – PUGLIA, Deborah – TORRE, Luigi – FERRARIS, Monica. Design, realization, and characterization of advanced adhesives for joining ultra-stable C/C based components. In Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 2020, vol. 305, no. 9, p. 2000229-1-2000229-9.

CSANÁDI, Tamás** – GALL, Marián – VOJTKO, Marek – KOVALČÍKOVÁ, Alexandra – HNATKO, Miroslav – DUSZA, Ján – ŠAJGALÍK, Pavol. Micro scale fracture strength of grains and grain boundaries in polycrystalline La-doped beta-Si3N4 ceramics. In Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2020, vol. 40, no. 14, p. 4783-4791.

DE LA PIERRE, Stefano** – SCALICI, Tommaso – TATARKO, Peter – VALENZA, Antonino – GOGLIO, Luca – PAOLINO, Davide S. – FERRARIS, Monica. Torsional shear strength and elastic properties of adhesively bonded glass-to-steel components. In Materials and Design, 2020, vol. 192, p. 108739-1-108739-10.

HANZEL, Ondrej – LENČÉŠ, Zoltán – KIM, Young-Wook – FEDOR, Ján – ŠAJGALÍK, Pavol. Highly electrically and thermally conductive silicon carbide-graphene composites with yttria and scandia additives. In Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2020, vol. 40, no. 2, p. 241-250.

HNATKO, Miroslav**HIČÁK, Michal – LABUDOVÁ, Martina – GALUSKOVÁ, Dagmar – SEDLÁČEK, JaroslavLENČÉŠ, ZoltánŠAJGALÍK, Pavol. Bioactive silicon nitride by surface thermal treatment. In Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2020, vol. 41, no. 54, p. 1848-1858.

HUJOVÁ, Miroslava** – RABELO MONICH, Patricia – SEDLÁČEK, JaroslavHNATKO, Miroslav – KRAXNER, Jozef – GALUSEK, Dušan – BERNARDO, Enrico. Glass-ceramic foams from alkali-activated vitrified bottom ash and waste glasses. In Applied Sciences-Basel, 2020, vol. 10, no. 16, p. 5714-1-5714-11.

KIM, Young-Wook – KULTAYEVA, Shynar – SEDLÁČEK, Jaroslav – HANZEL, Ondrej – TATARKO, Peter – LENČÉŠ, Zoltán – ŠAJGALÍK, Pavol. Thermal and electrical properties of additive-free rapidly hot-pressed SiC ceramics. In Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2020, vol. 40, no. 2, p. 234-240.

KLYNDYUK, A.I.** – MATSUKEVICH, I.V. – JANEK, Marián – CHIZHOVA, E.A. – LENČÉŠ, ZoltánHANZEL, Ondrej – VETEŠKA, P. Thermoelectric properties of a phase-heterogeneous ceramic based on Ca3Co4O9+delta, prepared by hot pressing. In Russian Journal of Applied Chemistry, 2020, vol. 93, no. 8, p. 1126-1131.

KOVÁČOVÁ, Zuzana** – OROVČÍK, Ľubomír – SEDLÁČEK, Jaroslav – BAČA, Ľuboš – DOBROČKA, Edmund – KITZMANTEL, M. – NEUBAUER, Erich. The effect of YB4 addition in ZrB2-SiC composites on the mechanical properties and oxidation performance tested up to 2000 °C. In Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2020, vol. 40, p. 3829-3843.

KOVALČÍKOVÁ, Alexandra – TATARKO, Peter – SEDLÁK, Richard** – MEDVEĎ, Dávid – CHLUP, Zdeněk – MÚDRA, Erika – DUSZA, Ján. Mechanical and tribological properties of TiB2-SiC and TiB2-SiC-GNPs ceramic composites. In Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2020, vol. 40, no. 14, p. 4860-4871

LIU, Junwen – ZHOU, Xiaobing** – TATARKO, Peter – YAUN, Qin – CHEN, Ke – WU, Haibo – HUANG, Zhengren – HUANG, Qing. High-strength SiC joints with a novel in-situ formed SiC/Al4SiC4 joining filler. In Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2020, vol. 40, no. 15, p. 5172-5179.

LIU, Junwen – ZHOU, Xiaobing** – TATARKO, Peter – YUAN, Qin – ZHANG, Lan – WANG, Hongjie – HUANG, Zhengren – HUANG, Qing. Fabrication, microstructure, and properties of SiC/Al4SiC4 multiphase ceramics via an in-situ formed liquid phase sintering. In Journal of Advanced Ceramics, 2020, vol. 9, no. 2, p. 193-203.

NISHIYAMA, Norimasa** – KITANI, Suguru – OHTA, Yuki – KULIK, Eleonora – NETRIOVÁ, Zuzana – HOLZHEID, Astrid – LENČÉŠ, Zoltán – KAWAJI, Hitoshi – WAKAI, Fumihiro. Low temperature heat capacity measurements of beta-Si3N4 and gama-Si3N4: Determination of the equilibrium phase boundary between beta-Si3N4 and gama-Si3N4. In Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2020, vol. 40, no. 16, p. 6309-6315.

PUCHÝ, Viktor** – HVIZDOŠ, Pavol – IVOR, Michal – MEDVEĎ, Dávid – HNATKO, Miroslav – KOVALČÍKOVÁ, Alexandra – SEDLÁK, Richard – DUSZA, Ján. Preparation, friction, wear, and fracture of the Si3N4-Ag-GNPs composites prepared by SPS. In Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2020, vol. 40, no. 14, p. 4853-4859.

SINGH, Meinam Annebushan – JOSHI, Kamlesh – HANZEL, Ondrej – SINGH, Ramesh Kumar – ŠAJGALÍK, Pavol – MARLA, Deepak**. Identification of wire electrical discharge machinability of SiC sintered using rapid hot pressing technique. In Ceramics International, 2020, vol. 46, no. 11, p. 17261-17271.

TATARKO, Peter** – GRASSO, Salvatore – KOVALČÍKOVÁ, Alexandra – MEDVEĎ, Dávid – DLOUHÝ, Ivo – REECE, Michael J. Highly textured and strongly anisotropic TiB2 ceramics prepared using magnetic field alignment (9T). In Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2020, vol. 40, no. 4, p. 1111-1118.



  • Universität Karlsruhe, Institut für Keramik im Maschinenbau, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt, Fachgebiet Disperse Feststoffe, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Institute for Ceramic Technology, ISTEC, Faenza, Italy
  • University of Trento, Materials Science Department, Trento, Italy
  • National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Nagoya, Japan
  • University of Leeds, Materials Science Department, Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Austrian Research Center, Materials Science Division, Seibersdorf, Austria