The main objective of ADVANCER is to provide and assess means to add value on ceramic powders and structures, through smart surface functionalization, towards various applications. Two methods of surface functionalization will be followed:
(i) F-containing monolayers, for tuning wetting-related and tribological properties and
(ii) ultra-thin metal oxide and sulphide films, for tuning electrical, optical, tribological, and catalytic properties. With these surface functionalization methods the core properties of ceramics will be remained intact, while their surface will exhibit additional, tailor made functionalities. Applications of the functionalized high added value ceramics will be demonstrated, as indications for new markets in the fields of Catalysis, Environment, Energy and Optics.