There are lots of pans nowadays that have a ceramic nonstick coating instead of a PTFE coating. However I can not find anything online describing what kind of ceramic such nonstick coatings are. Does anyone have an idea what these nonstick ceramics are on a chemical level?


There is a near continuum (and thus a potential infinitude) of relative concentrations of the different components of ceramics and their means of fabrication, but US Patent US7879449 B2 (PDF) gives a thorough description of their own non-stick ceramic invention as well as descriptions and references to others. Below are several excerpts from the cited patent:

The novel coating includes a $\ce{SiO2}$ ceramic matrix that includes the condensation product of hydrolyzed alkoxysilane and a colloidal silica sol. A series of new abrasion resistant and high hardness non-stick coating materials have been developed with ceramic matrix and organic compounds by sol-gel process.

This non-stick material has two main component of silicon dioxide. One is silica sol which is pure $\ce{SiO2}$, another is an organoalkoxysilane which is an organic-inorganic hybrid material. Both materials can make strong chemical bond from chemical reaction, condensation. $\ce{(OR')_{4-x}}$ groups are hydrolyzed with water and then make condensation with silica sol and each other. The ceramic non-stick hybrid coating is applied by a sol-gel process. Two kinds of non-stick organic compounds make a chemical bond with silica ceramic network or matrix and it can exist in the ceramic structure in a stable state.

The main matrix is composed of a network of silica formed by the chemical reaction or condensation of colloidal silica sol (water base) and an organoalkoxysilane such as MTMS (methyltrimethoxysilane). The colloidal silica sol is a very stable state because of the electrostatic repulsion of silica particle surface.

The organoalkoxysilane preferably has the general formula $\ce{R_xSi(OR')_{4-x}}$. Wherein $\ce{R}$ is one or more organic radicals chosen independently from among methyl, ethyl, and propyl, $\ce{R'}$ is a low molecular weight alkyl radical, and x is at least one and less than four. Commonly x is one, so that the organoalkoxysilane has three hydrolysable sites. This increases cohesion and bonding of the components and also provides a thickened layer and increases the links with the inorganic silica surface.

The surface of colloidal silica is coated by organoalkoxysilanes, in other words, hydrolyzed organoalkoxysilane make a thin layer or coating on the silica surface as a result of the condensation reaction with the hydroxyl groups of the silica surface.

Again, this is just an overview of a single process. The patent is well written and diagrammed and I suggest reading in detail to best answer your question (Images > Full Pages).


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.