The next generation of tile, ceramic tile, has been developed in ceramic field tiles and other similar ceramics.
In a paper published in Nature Communications, researchers from the University of Toronto, The University of Texas, and the University in Munich report a new ceramic tile with a high conductivity, and a relatively small footprint.
In their paper, the researchers explain that the new ceramic tiles are “less sensitive to environmental changes and more resistant to water damage than ceramic tile.”
The researchers are using an environmentally friendly material called ceramic lime, which is “a relatively new, highly conductive, low-density, nonporous polymer of high porosity, which may be better for future use in ceramic tiles, such as the ones being used in the UK.”
It is also non-porous and easy to work with, the scientists write.
They use ceramically treated ceramic tile in various environments, including homes and in a range of applications, such that ceramic tile may become a common material for ceramic tile baths in the future.
“The technology developed here is very novel,” says Dr. Michael L. Waddell, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University at Buffalo, New York.
“It’s very innovative and different from anything we’ve seen before.
This is something that was not possible with ceramic tile before.”
Ceramic tile is commonly used in ceramic tile tubs, bathtubes, and showerheads, and is a natural choice for a wide range of purposes.
It has a low cost of construction, and it is an ideal substrate for ceramic tiles in most applications, the research team explains.
The research team used ceramate tile in a series of tests, and found that ceramic tiles had lower thermal conductivity than ceramic tiles treated with calcium carbonate.
These ceramic tiles were also less susceptible to water degradation than ceramic that was treated with other materials.
In addition, the ceramic tiles exhibited improved thermal properties over untreated ceramic tiles.
The researchers believe that ceramic and calcium carbonates are not interchangeable.
In the future, ceramic tiles could be treated with a chemical agent, which could also be used in other applications.
The scientists hope that the technology could be further improved and that it could be used to improve water resistance for other applications, including ceramic tiles for homes and baths.
This research is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The paper can be found here.