• We are pleased to announce you that the Son et Lumière 2019: Wave Interactions at the Nanoscale thematic school will be held in Les Houches from March 11 to 22, 2019.

    This event will be the seventh edition of the Son et Lumière International School dedicated to nanophononics, i.e. the study most often by optical methods, hence the name Son et Lumière (Sound and Light) given to the series of schools ‒ of phonons in nanoscale or nanostructured systems. The two main goals of the school are to provide a detailed overview of this area of ​​research for PhD students and young researchers beginning in this field, and to promote interactions between the different communities (optics, nanoacoustics, nanothermics, optomechanics, ...) that contribute to its development.

    The deadline for submitting applications to attend the school is 15 December 2018. More information on the school is available at https://sel2019.sciencesconf.org/ (or, if necessary, by sending an email to sel2019@sciencesconf.org).

    Covered themes :

    1) Introduction to nanophononics, picosecond acoustics            
    2) Vibrational properties of nano-objects and nanostructures   
    3) Applications of phonons for industry,bioimaging and sensing 
    4) Emerging spectroscopies involving non-visible waves (X-rays, THz)    
    5) Nanoscale thermal transport 
    6) Optomechanics

    Speakers (provisional list):

    - Humphrey Maris (Brown university)   
    - Bernard Perrin (INSP Paris)     
    - Vitaliy Gusev (Le Mans university)       
    - Natalia Del Fatti (iLM Lyon)     
    - Jérémie Margueritat (iLM Lyon)           
    - Jean-Charles Beugnot (Femto-ST Besançon)    
    - Arnaud Devos (IEMN Lille)       
    - Bertrand Audoin (I2M Bordeaux)        
    - V. Ara Apkarian (Irvine university)       
    - Steven Johnson (ETH Zürich)  
    - Eric Collet (IPR Rennes)           
    - David Cahill (Illinois university)            
    - Valentina Giordano (iLM Lyon)             
    - Antoine Heidmann or Pierre-François Cohadon (LKB Paris)      
    - Ivan Favero (MPQ Paris)

    The organizing committee:

    - Matias Bargheer (Postdam Universität)   
    - Aurélien Crut (iLM Lyon)     
    - Yannick Guillet (I2M Bordeaux)       
    - Pascal Ruello (IMM le Mans) 

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  • This symposium covers all aspects of tribology, mechanical properties, and adhesion of coatings and engineered surfaces. The scopesincludes both experimental investigations and modelling of static (e.g., indentation and adhesion) and dynamic (e.g., oscillating, scratching, sliding and rolling) contacts, and contact/fracture mechanics from atomistic to macroscopic length scales. They welcome contributions that improve scientific and mechanistic understanding of tribo-mechanical responses, characterization and performance of engineered surfaces and coatings, processing-structure-property-performance relationships, design of coatings for specific applications, and size effects. Additional emphasis is given to multifunctional (hard and lubricious) and nanocomposite coatings for extreme environments, nanostructured coatings, diamond and diamond-like carbon, and coatings for advanced aerospace, automotive, and machining applications, along with advances in instrumentation and measurement techniques.

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

    E1. Friction, Wear, Lubrication Effects, and Modeling

    E2. Mechanical Properties and Adhesion

    E3. Tribology of Coatings for Automotive and Aerospace Applications

    Please submit your abstract until October 1, 2018.

    More information about the symposium and the information about the abstract submission process can be found at: http://www2.avs.org/conferences/ICMCTF/2019/symposium_e.htm

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  • This regular symposium was created three 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 fields 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 the following invited speakers:

    Baptiste Gault, Max-Planck Institute for Iron Research, Düsseldorf, Germany
    "Atom Probe Tomography to Help Understand Deformation Mechanisms in Metallic Alloys"

    Erica Lilleodden, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany
    "Nanoporous Gold Tomography"

    Irene J. Beyerlein, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
    "Evolution of Dislocation Density under Cyclic Loading"

    Jaafar El-Awady, Johns Hopkins University, USA
    "The Evolution of Persistent Slip Bands and Crack Initiation from High Frequency In-situ Scanning Electron Microscopy Cyclic Loading Experiments"

    Seok-Woo Lee, University of Connecticut, USA
    "In-situ Investigation on Mechanical Properties at the Micrometer Scale in Cryogenic Environment"

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

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

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

    H3. Characterization of Coatings and Small Volumes in Harsh Environments 

    Please submit your abstract until October 1, 2018 to:  http://www.icmctf.org

    For futher details, please 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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  • A TMS symposium " Mechanical Behavior Related to Interface Physics", close to the themes of Mecano is organized by Jason Trelewicz, Erica Lilleoden, Nathan Mara, Siddharta Pathak, Jordan Weaver at the San Antonio TMS 2019. Abstract submission deadline is July 1st (so you can apply to the Mecano School first and send your TMS abstract the next day): More info:  http://www.tms.org/tms2019.

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  • Dear member of the Mecano network, dear colleague, 


    The Mecano School, a once every 4 years event* will take place in Cargese, Corsica this fall, from October 28 to Nov 2, 2018.

    Lectures in the morning will be given by prominent personalities in the field of materials science/ mechanical behaviour at small scale:


    Jean-Noël Aqua, Daniel Caillard, Gerhard Dehm, Marc Fivel, Daniel Kiener, Gérard Michot, Thomas Pardoen, Laurent Pizzagalli, Gunter Richter, Olivier Thomas


    There are still a few spots for 20-30 minutes presentations in the afternoon. This is a unique opportunity to share your research.


    Last things:

    ·      This is a fee-less school, and only the lodging (less than 400€/5 days) will remain at your charge.

    ·      Registration will be open from Aug1st to September 30th, on the school website, but the number of attendants will be limited to 80, so you might circulate this, but moderately!

    ·      The deadline for oral presentation abstracts is set to June 30th


    More information on the school can be found here: https://mecano2018.sciencesconf.org 

    Abstract submission:



    All the links can be found on the GDRi Mecano website: http://gdri-mecano.id.st/ 

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