The monolith challenge

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Abstract: This brief tribute to a friend focuses on one of the many contributions that Jean Phalippou made to sol–gel processing. He was part of a worldwide race to prepare crack-free silica monoliths. It seemed that a monolith was an end in itself, but it turns out it was more than that. The Monolith challenge was a way to rally the sol–gel community to collaborate and share their mutual interest in sol–gel processing. [Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-7
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Sol-gel Science and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 15 2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biomaterials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


  • Crack-free gels
  • Near-net shape processing
  • Powder-free processing
  • Silica monolith

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