• The last decade has seen a tremendous evolution of X-ray imaging and microscopy. This has been driven by the rapid development of third and fourth generation X-ray facilities and X-ray optics capable of producing coherent beams routinely below 100 nm in size. The high penetrating power, extreme sensitivity of X-rays to strain and defects and the tunability of these new sources to access X-ray fluorescence of much of the periodic table has enabled in situ or operando studies of nano-scale properties materials. It is worth also emphasizing that small X-ray beams may also be used to induce an electrical current or light emission in the nano-object enabling enhanced scanning probe and photo excitation studies.

    Beyond a discussion of the methods which have been developed, and are still an object of active research (coherent diffraction imaging in forward or Bragg conditions, nano X-ray fluorescence imaging, micro-Laue diffraction …), this symposium aims to disseminate knowledge of these new tools to a broader community of materials scientists.

    Call for Papers:

    Abstract submission opens: September 29th 2017.

    Abstract submission deadline: October 31st 2017.

    More information can be found in the following link: www.mrs.org/spring2018, and in the document below:

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  • This symposium is intended as an international forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest scientific developments regarding the physics and mechanics of fracture. Rather than addressing specific engineering problems and approaches, this symposium will cover fracture of brittle and semi-brittle materials at a fundamental level, with a focus on  crack nucleation and crack-microstructure interactions. We aim at bringing together specialists from the fields of solid state physics, materials science, continuum mechanics, statistical physics and mathematics to cover theory, multi-scale modeling and experiments related to

    • Initiation of fracture and crack nucleation
    • Grain boundary fracture and interface cracks
    • Crack – obstacle interactions
    • Interplay of fracture and plasticity
    • Fracture of nanostructures and disordered materials
    • Fracture of composites
    • Statistical aspects of fracture
    • Micromechanical and local approaches to fracture

    A special joint session on advanced micro- and nanomechanical fracture testing methods is envisaged with the planned EPS mini-colloquium »Mechanical properties at small scales« organized by Gerhard Dehm, Olivier Thomas and Laurent Pizzagalli.

    The conference will take place at the Technische Universität Berlin.

    Conference fee :

    Students: 100/130 € 
    Regular Participant: 220/250 €
    Reductions for DPG-Members

    Deadline for abstract submission : 01.12.2017

    Futher information can be found at www.eam.fau.de/fundfracture and in the flyer below:

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  • GDRi Mecano General meeting -Toulouse, 9-10 May 2017

    The annual GDRi meeting took place in CEMES-CNRS (Toulouse) from May 10th to 12th, 2017.

    The winner of the "Inside the 1.5MeV generator" picture contest is Benoit Merle (FAU):


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  • Abstract submission to the MRS Fall meeting 2017 (November 26 –December 1, 2017) is now open.

    In particular, abstract submission to the  symposium

    "Mechanical Behavior at the Micro and Nanoscale—Bridging Between Computer Simulations and Experiments"

    (sponsored by the GDRi Mecano - more precision to come) is possible until June 15.

    This symposium is organized by :

    Julia Greer (Caltech, USA)

    Ruth Schwaiger (KIT, Germany)

    Dan Mordehai (Technion, Israel)

    Marc Legros (CEMES-CNRS, France)

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  • There are still few places available for the Summer School on Experimental Nano-and Micromechanics, being held from 11th to 15th of September 2017 at the Max-Planck für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf (Germany). PhD students and Postdocs are encourage to apply by sending an e-mail to micromech2017@mpie.de before the registration deadline on June 2nd.

    For reminder: The school is organized by Christoph Kirchlechner (MPIE, Düsseldorf) and Benoit Merle (FAU, Erlangen) and aims at providing a comprehensive overview on experimental nano- and micromechanical testing methods. Focus thereby is put on material properties which we can reliably extract from in situ micromechanical experiments. The school will deal with nanoindentation, methods to explore the small-scale plastic and fracture properties of materials and interfaces, frequently used characterization techniques with in situ capabilities and, finally, simulation techniques.

    Registration is limited to 40 participants. The participation fee is 250€ and includes a BBQ party and 3 lunches, as well as all drinks during the school.

    Further information can be found at www.mpie.de/2768772/scientific-events.

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