The Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has established a group dedicated to researching and developing structural and functional ceramic materials. The Functional Ceramic Materials Research Group (FCMRG) was founded in 2002 by Professor Jiangtao Li, and is composed of five staff members who have strong backgrounds in materials science and engineering, as well as lots of experience in the R&D of advanced ceramics. One of the key areas of interest for the team is their work on a novel technique to prepare bulk ceramic materials. The technique, known as high gravity combustion synthesis (HGCS), combines strong exothermic combustion reactions with a high gravity field, and provides an efficient way of rapidly producing ceramic materials. HGCS represents a new development of combustion synthesis and combines combustion synthesis with a high gravity field; the former is used to produce ceramic melts, while the latter is used to encourage the separation between the ceramic melts and other naturally associated phases.