TopicP: Processing and Synthesis
The emerging field of temperature dependent electro-chemo-mechanics of solids brings the opportunity to gain novel, energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly, less costly synthesis and processing routes for inorganic materials. External electric and magnetic fields affect solid-state diffusion processes and offer an additional degree of freedom to tailor microstructures and properties:
- Synthesis and phase formation by solid-state reactions and phase transformations
- Sintering, densification of particle-based materials and microstructure coarsening (pore elimination and grain growth)
- Mechanical deformation (plasticity and creep)
- New material properties induced by fields (fluorescence, electric conductivity, etc.)
The presentation of experimental work, including in-situ characterization, as well as modeling and simulations is encouraged in order to provide a rational, comprehensive knowledge for intentionally using electromagnetic energy to manipulate matter in metals, intermetallics, oxide and non-oxide ceramics as bulk, thin or thick films. A focus will be put on applications where rapid turnaround times can support and sustain research in field induced processing.