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Ice-templating, freeze casting: Beyond materials processing

  • Sylvain Deville (a1)

Ice templating is able to do much more than macroporous, cellular materials. The underlying phenomenon—the freezing of colloids—is ubiquitous, at a unique intersection of a variety of fields and domains, from materials science to physics, chemistry, biology, food engineering, and mathematics. In this review, I walk through the seemingly divergent domains in which the occurrence of freezing colloids can benefit from the work on ice templating, or which may provide additional understanding or inspiration for further development in materials science. This review does not intend to be extensive, but rather to illustrate the richness of this phenomenon and the obvious benefits of a pluridisciplinary approach for us as materials scientists, and for other scientists working in areas well outside the realms of materials science.

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