• Subject of the session: Nano-objects such as ultrathin layers, quantum dots, nanoparticles, nanowires, are at the heart of an intense research activity, because of their specific properties and their potential use in a vast range of applications. It is of prime importance to understand how these properties can be modified by stresses, independent whether they are externally applied or a consequence of growth or processing including local re-arrangements of the atomic structure and chemistry. Several answers were recently obtained through the development of experimental devices allowing for fabricating nano-objects, measuring strain fields at the nanoscale or structure-chemistry relations determined with atomic resolution. Besides, simulations begin to reach the point of closing the gap with experiments, opening the way to fruitful comparisons. Overall, investigations indicate that mechanical properties dramatically change when characteristic dimensions are reduced to the nanoscale. However, there is still a long road to be able to make routine measurements, to predict behaviors from simulations and models, and to fully determine and understand the mechanisms at play in these objects. The objective of this symposium is to present latest results in this multidisciplinary field, and to stimulate discussions to overcome the current state of the art. More specifically, we welcome submissions related to:

    • Mechanical properties at small scale, such as elasticity, plasticity, fatigue and fracture
    • Development of methods allowing for local fields mapping or mechanical te
    • Coupling between growth, stress and composition in nano-objects
    • Modeling and numerical simulations
    • Strain-engineered physical properties


    Invited speakers:

    • Christoph Kirchlechner (Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf, Deutschland & Materialphysik, Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria)
    • Hosni Idrissi (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgien)
    • Jon Molina Aldareguia (Madrid Institute of Advanced Materials, Spanien)
    • Sandrine Brochard (Université de Poitiers-CNRS-ENSMA, Frankreich)


    Organizers: Prof. Gerhard Dehm (Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH), Prof. Olivier Thomas (IM2NP Aix-Marseille Université), Dr. Laurent Pizzagalli (Institut P’).

    Abstract submission deadline: December 1, 2017.

    More information are available here.

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  • The 10th European Solid Mechanics Conference, organized by the University of Trento and the University of Bologna, will be held in  Bologna, under the auspices of EUROMECH, during July 2-6, 2018.

    The ESMC is the major event for the solids mechanics community in Europe and provides a unique forum for scientists and engineers to exchange ideas on the current state-of-the-art in the mechanics of solids, on new concepts and ideas and to identify new research directions. The General (contributed) Sessions for this conference have been organized into nine main areas. In addition, more than 50 Mini-Symposia will be organized in a range of specialized topics.

    Focus on one Mini-symposium: 4-1 - Experimental Micromechanics and Nanomechanics

    Organizers: Gerhard Dehm (Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung), Jon Molina-Aldareguía (IMDEA Materials Institute), Miguel Monclus (IMDEA Materials Institute)

    Description: Micro and Nanomechanical testing methods have become extremely important to characterize the mechanical behavior of materials. There has been a rapid expansion of available testing strategies in recent years to examine elastic, plastic, and fracture properties of materials at small scales, with control of loading mode, temperature and atmosphere, including imaging in real-time. This symposium aims to bring together the rapidly growing micro- and nanomechanical testing research community, particularly in the areas of:

    1. Nanoindentation
    2. Testing of nanostructures, thin-films and coatings
    3. Interface phenomena
    4. FIB/lithography based nano- and micromechanical testing
    5. Time-resolved in situ SEM, EBSD, AFM, X-Ray/synchrotron and TEM mechanical testing
    6. Size effects in mechanical properties
    7. Deformation mechanisms in small volumes
    8. Fracture at small length scales

    Deadline for abstract submission : November 15, 2017

    More information on the ESMC are available here and about the Mini Symposium, information here.

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  • Reminder for the ICMCTF symposium :

    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...

    The symposium is divided into 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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  • 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 17 focus on Coupled experimental-numerical approaches in Materials characterization  :

    To understand and predict the mechanical behavior of metallic materials, an in-depth understanding of the dominant mechanisms operating at different length scales is needed. This involves going from the atomic scale of dislocation cores to the nanometer and micrometer scales characteristic of the microstructure, all together responsible for the macroscopic mechanical behavior. Such widespread knowledge can only be gathered through a constant dialogue between experiments and simulations; dialogue, which has lately been promoted thanks to the development of advanced mechanical models and new experimental settings. In this session, the interplay between experimental observations and predictive models at the nano- and micron-scales is a central theme. We encourage contributions that directly couple experimental and numerical approaches at the same or different length scale.

    Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Micro and Meso deformation experiments and simulations
    • Dislocation mechanisms and their observations
    • Fracture mechanisms and related experiments
    • Micromechanical constitutive laws and their validation against experiments
    • Modeling and experimental observations of phase transformations

    This session is organized by Helena Van Swygenhoven (EPFL, Lausanne, Swiss) and David Rodney (UL, Lyon, France).

    Abstract submission deadline: September 30, 2017.

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


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  • Le Groupe des Utilisateurs de Microscopie électronique Philips-FEI (GUMP) attache une importance toute particulière à faire interagire, entre elle, la comunauté des microscopistes francophones. Chercheurs ou industriels, physiciens ou biologistes parlent tous des langues différentes, mais arrivent à se rassembler autour de la même technique: La microscopie.

    La prochaine réunion se déroulera à Metz du Jeudi 19 Octobre 2017 (8H30) au Vendredi 20 Octobre 2017 (12H30), et la thématique abordée sera la microscopie in-situ. De nombreux conférenciers, experts dans leur domaine, vous présenteront leurs travaux et/ou leurs développements pour vous faire voyager des mécanismes de la structure de la matière inerte, à la complexité du vivant.

    Le programme et les formalités d'inscription sont accessible, en suivant le lien: http://gump.microscopie.org/

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