When two or more different materials are combined to create a new material with transformed properties and characteristics, the new material is termed a composite. Composite materials draw considerable attention from a range of industries, providing unique effects for diverse applications. From aerospace to medical devices, composites offer the potential to improve the nature of many components, devices and coatings.
A robust, controlled, flexible and customizable production process is necessary in order to make innovative ceramic composite materials. One such process is emulsion detonation synthesis (EDS),* which offers a unique route, both for the large-scale production of nanostructured ceramic powders (e.g., yttria-stabilized zirconia) and for the design and development of innovative materials like improved composites.