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Materials Science and Engineering: Ceramics

Subject guide for materials science and engineering

Locating Books

To locate books on your topic, use the UCSB Library Search ( As a starting point, use a keyword search on the likely terms. You are unlikely to find references to a specific ceramic material, but may be able to find useful books on classes of materials. If the more specific subject fails, browse the subject heading "Ceramics" itself. Note that keyword searching on "ceramics" by itself will also pull up ceramics as art, e.g. pottery. Call number ranges for materials science and engineering include:

  • QC 176 - Solid state physics / Condensed matter physics
  • QD 965 - Crystallography
  • TA 418.9 - "Special" materials, including ceramics, nanomaterials. porous materials, etc.
  • TA 430 - Ceramic materials
  • TP 807-811 - Ceramic technology

General Reference Works

see also: General Materials Science Reference Guide

Analysis and Characterization of Ceramic Materials -- besides references below, see also: Analytical Chemistry Reference Guide

Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SEL Ref Area QC 176.8 .N35 D43 2004)
This five volume set covers many areas of nanotechnology, including such nanomaterials as metal clusters, quantum wires and dots, dendritic polymers and more. Articles are substantial with extensive refernces.

Encyclopedia of Advanced Materials (SEL Ref Area TA 404.3 .E53 1994)
This four volume work contains short articles on a whide variety of "advanced" materials, including ceramics, composites, polymers, specialty alloys and electronic amterials.

Encyclopedia of Materials Science and Technology (SEL Ref Area TA 402 .E53 2001)
This eleven volume work coers the entire range of materials science and engineering, including metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, electronic materials and biomaterials. Each article has a brief bibliography, and the set has a good subject index in Volume 11.

Encyclopedia of Smart Materials (SEL Ref Area TA 418.9 .S62 2002)
This two volume encyclopedia covers the field of "smart materials", a widely interdisciplinary examination of materials and structures which respond or adapt to surrounding condtions, such as piezoelectric ceramics, shape memory alloys, magnetorheological fluids and so on. The reviews here may be of interest to materials scientists and engineers working with almost any class of material. The articles have excellent biblipgraphies.

Handbook of Ceramic Composites (SEL Ref Area TA 418.9 .C6 H319 2005)
As the title suggests, this one-volume work is devoted to composites in which ceramics are both the matrix and the reinforcing fiber. It covers both oxide and non-oxide ceramics.

Handbook of Ceramics and Composites (SEL Ref Area TA 418.9 .C6 H32 1990)
This two-volume collection of review articles is divided into Synthesis and Properties, and Morphology and Stress Mechanics. (Additional volumes were announced, but none have been released.)

Handbook of Ceramics, Glasses and Diamonds (SEL REf Area TA 455 .C43 H34 2001)
This one volume handbook is strong on tables and graphs of properties, and devotes much coverage to electronic applications of the title materials.

Handbook of Nanophase and Nanostructural Materials (SEL Ref Area TA 418.3 .N35 H358 2003)
This four volume handbook is divided into Synthesis; Characterization, and two volumes on Systems and Applications. The review articles are lengthy and well-referenced.

Handbook of Nanostructured Materials and Nonotechnology (SEL Ref Area TA 403.9 .N35 H36 2000)
Each volume in this five volume set covers a different broad topic area: Synthesis and Processing; Spectroscopy and Theory; Electrical Properties; Optical Properties; and Organics, Polymers and Biological Materials. The articles are expertly written and well-referenced.

Handbook of Porous Solids (SEL Ref Area TA 418.9 .P6 H36 2002)
This five volume handbook provides detailed reviews of the synthesis, properties and applications of porous solids, including oxides, silicates, zeolites and carbon materials.

Handbook of Sol-Gel Science and Technology (SEL Ref Area T 810.5 .H36 2005)
This collection of review articles is divided into three volumes: Processing, Characterization and Application. Most (though not all) of the articles deal with topics of interest to the materials scientists working with ceramics and porous materials.

Handbook of Surfaces and Interfaces of Materials (SEL Ref Area TA 405 .H345 2001)
The five volumes in this set cover, respetively: surface and interface phenomena; analysis and properties; nanostructured materials, micelles and colloids; thin solid films and layers; and biomaterials. Each volume ahs an index, but there is no cumulative index for the set.

Handbook of Thin Film Materials (SEL Ref Area TA 408.9 .T45 H35 2002)
The five volumes of this set aree divided by topic: Depostion and Processing; Characterization and Spectroscopy; Ferroelectric and Dielectric Thin Films; Semiconductor and Superconductor Thin Films; and Nanomaterials and Magnetic Thin Films. The articles are substantial and well-referenced.

Inorganic Materials Chemistry Desk Reference, 2nd e. (SEL Ref Area TP 200 .S26 2005)
Though slender, this one volume handbook is rich with data on precursors, methods of synthesis and fabrication and physical properties of inorganic materials, including structural and electronic ceramics.



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