Dense bulk silicon oxycarbide glasses obtained by spark plasma sintering

M. Alejandra Mazo*, Cristina Palencia, Andrés Nistal, Fausto Rubio, Juan Rubio, José Luis Oteo

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Dense silicon oxycarbide glasses (SiOC) have been produced by spark plasma sintering (SPS) of SiOC powders. Raw powders were obtained by pyrolysis under nitrogen at 1100°C of tetraethylorthosilcate/polydimethylsiloxane (TEOS/PDMS) hybrids. SPS experiments were carried out at 1300 and 1500°C at 10 and 80MPa and then were studied by chemical analysis, 29Si and 13C MAS NMR, ATR, Raman, XRD, FE-SEM, density, porosity, microhardness (H v) and thermal conductivity (K). The SiOC materials are formed by Si xOC 4-x units within a silica matrix where silicon carbide and graphite nanodomains are also present. After the SPS treatment the silicon carbide crystallite size is close to 2.5nm. At 1300°C and 1500°C the carbon nanodomain size is close to 3nm and 2nm, respectively. H v values vary from 3.4 to 9.15GPa, for 30% and 1% of porosity, respectively. Finally, K is always close to 1.38Wm -1K -1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3369-3378
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the European Ceramic Society
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Hardness
  • Nanocomposite
  • Sintering
  • Spark plasma sintering
  • Thermal conductivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry

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