• This regular symposium was created two years ago in order to expand the scope of the International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF) to micromechanical and small-scale characterization method, and has enjoyed lasting popularity ever since. The symposium is widely opened to contributions from the fiels of nanoindentation, FIB-Based techniques, TEM, X-Ray methods, Atom Probe Tomography, testing in non-ambient conditions...

    For the upcoming meeting, it will be our pleasure to welcome following invited speakers:

    Daniel Kiener, Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria
    “In-situ Study of Deformation and Fracture Processes in Nanostructured Metals at Elevated Temperatures”

    Karsten Durst, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
    “Recent Advances in Micro-cantilever In-situ Bending Experiments”

    Megan Cordill, Erich Schmid Institute, Austria
    “In-situ-squared: Combined Electro-mechanical Behavior of Thin Films with One Experiment”

    Suneel Kodambaka, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
    “In-situ Nanomechanical Characterization of Transition Metal Carbides” 

    You are welcome to submit a contribution in one of our three sessions:

    H1. Spatially-resolved Characterization of Thin Films and Engineered Surfaces

    H2. Advanced Mechanical Testing of Surfaces, Thin Films, and Coatings

    H3. Characterization of Coatings in Harsh Environments

    Submissions are opened until October 1, 2017 at:


    For further details, contact:

    Benoit Merle, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, benoit.merle@fau.de

    Marco Sebastiani, Roma TRE University, Italy, marco.sebastiani@uniroma3.it

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  • The focus of the International GRK 1896 Satellite Symposium “In Situ Microscopy with Electrons, X-rays and Scanning Probes” at the ICEAM2017 lies on recent advances in the direct study of material processes under the influence of external stimuli such as temperature, mechanical strain, magnetic/electric fields and chemical environments and their simulation by scale-bridging modeling techniques. The symposium aims to provide a forum for discussion between researchers from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and abroad and distinguished invited experts, to promote the interdisciplinary exchange of new developments in the rapidly evolving field of complementary in situ microscopy and simulation techniques.

    Chair of Micro- and Nanostructure Research
    Prof. Erdmann Spiecker

    Dr. Christian Wiktor
    Phone: +49 9131 85-64065
    E-mail: christian.wiktor@fau.de

    Abstract submission deadline: August 31st, 2017.

    More information concerning the symposium and registration can be found here.

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  • EMMC16 ( 16th European Mechanics of Materials Conference) aims at gathering researchers sharing a common interest in the field of mechanics of materials, yet working in a variety of application domains : material science, mechanical and civil engineering, but also biomechanics, geophysics, ...

    Session 15 focus on Experimental nanomechanics :

    Nano- and micromechanical testing coupled with advanced in situ techniques has attracted significant attention over the past decade because it permits (i) probing individual microstructure constituents and (ii) selectively activate mechanisms. Both is key to fundamentally understand plasticity and fracture of advanced multi-phase microstructures and small scale systems. The main objective of this thematic session is to gather specialists in the field of Nano- and Micromechanical testing to unravel mechanisms of plasticity and fracture at interfaces.

    Characterization techniques envisioned comprise (but are not limited to) transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and synchrotron based techniques. The contributions should aim for understanding plasticity, fracture and fatigue at

    • grain and phase boundaries
    • amorphous / crystalline interfaces
    • free surfaces
    • multilayered systems
    • super lattices.

    This session is organized by Christoph Kirchlechner (MPIE, Düsseldorf, Germany) and Frédéric Mompiou (CEMES, Toulouse, France).

    Abstract submission deadline: September 30, 2017.

    More information are available to the following link : https://emmc16.sciencesconf.org/


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  • 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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