What’s in and on that car?

 In Economia de Energia, Projetos Eficiência Energética, Projetos Especiais

Examples of ceramics and glass in a modern automobile

High voltage, high temperature insulators; low-wear coatings.

High temperature exhaust gas sensors utilizing zirconia; tire pressure an proximity sensors using lead-zirconia-titania piezoelectric.

03- Catalytic convertors
High temperature, low expansion catalyst support structure, particulate  filters high-surface area supports for precious metals, oxygen storage components, selective catalytic reduction catalysts for diesel.

04-Optically transparent materials
Windows, windshield mirrors, optically transparent coatings for cameras and LIDAR, optically transparent conductors for touch screens.

Ceramic coatings on separate to increase durability. Advanced oxide ceramics used for positive electrode active materials.

06-Xev power plectronics
High-power, igh efficiency silicon carbide IGBTs to transfer power to electric motor.

Fillers to improve mechanical properties, thermo-mechanical properties.

Zinc phosphate and zirconia are used for pre-treatment; titania an other oxides used for color and appearance additives.

Various ceramics are used as abrasives to control brake grip and pedal feel.

Silica additive used to improve heat dissipation and reduce wear.

Innovations and trends steering the automotive market

The automotive industry is undergoing a major evolutions. As they develop new options, cars are evolving into computers  on wheels, a change similar to events in the computer industry 20 years ago and the cellphone industry 10 years ago,” according to McKinsey & Company. As a result, we anticipate that a complex ecosystem will merge in the automotive sector.”

Some of the major forces influencing the industry are technology integration, lightweighting efforts, and the emergence of electric and autonomous vehicles.

And because the automotive industry is incredibly large and diverse, with tendrils  reaching into many different material, component, and consumer markets, the effects of this evolving ecosystem stretch wide. The emergence of a complex ecosystem means huge opportunities are arising for some markets, forcing shifts in others and inevitably shrinking still other markets.




Calendar of events

January 2018

21-26/01 ICACC18:

42º Int’l Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites – Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village, Daytona Beach, Fla.;



March 2018


54º Annual St. Louis Section/Refractory Ceramics Division Symposium on Refractories – Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel, St. Louis, Mo.;



April 2018


Ceramitec 2018 – Munich Germany;



May 2018


4º Ceramics Expo – I-X Center, Cleveland, Ohio;


20-24/05 GOMD 2018:

Glass and Optical Materials Division Meeting – Hilton Palacio de Rio, San Antonio, Texas;



June 2018


14º Int’l Ceramics Congress and the 8º Forum on New Materials – Perugia, Italy;



ACerS Structural Clay Products Division & Southwest Section Meeting in conjunction with the National Brick Research Center Meeting – Columbia, S.C.;



9º Advances in Cement-Based Materials – Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.;


17-21/06 ICC7:

7º Int-l Congress on Ceramics – Hotel Recanto Cataratas, Foz do Iguaçú, Brazil;


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