The sol-gel method is able to produce glass and ceramic materials by a low energy-consuming technique replacing the high energy-consuming traditional melting processes. On the other hand, the sol-gel method is a very good tailoring technique for preparation of materials with controlled structures and properties. The course covers the chemical processes (hydrolysis, condensation) of the silicate systems, the gelation processes of the non-silicate based systems (aluminate, borate, zirconate, titanate systems) the kinetic of gelation, the drying and sintering processes of gels, the comparison of the products produced by traditional melting and sol-gel techniques, and the application possibilities.
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