• Scope and Topics:

    The school will address all the current topics of the GDRi Mecano:

    Mechanics of nano-objects:

    Size effect on stress and strain, Strain mapping and engineering, Fatigue, Brittle to ductile transition, Defect nucleation and propagation, Structural/interfacial stability, …

    • Experimental and modeling methods:

    Growth and shaping methods (FIB, Plasma FIBs, Physical/Chemical Vapor deposition, lithography…)
    Nanomechanical testing, Indentation, In situ methods, Electron and ionic microscopy, X-Ray…
    Ab initio, Molecular dynamics, Discrete Dislocation Dynamics, Finite Element Method…

    • Nano- and –Micro objects:

    Thin films, nanoparticles, nanocrystals, micropillars, nanobeams, multilayers…


    The school will start Sunday Oct 28th, evening and will end Friday Nov 2nd, noon.

    Classes will be given in the morning. An afternoon break will take place from 14:00 to 17:00. Short lectures (20 min) on advance topics will be given before and eventually after dinner.  A call for abstract will be sent in March (submission March-June) for these talks and posters. A poster session/café will take place Thursday afternoon. An additional poster session may be organized depending on the number of posters.

    Important deadlines:

    - March 15th – Web site opening

    - March 20th – June 20th – Call for abstracts

    - July 14th – (Bastille Day) – Publication of the preliminary school schedule

    Confirmed lecturers, Accomodation, transportation and registration/fees are describe at the following adress: https://mecano2018.sciencesconf.org/



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  • Conference description:

    Tailoring the mechanical performance and reliability of materials requires to understand the interplay of deformation mechanisms and microstructure across all length scales. The recent advances in small-scale mechanical testing complemented by in-situ microscopy and diffraction techniques, microstructure characterization methods ranging from atomistic insights to 3-dimensional tomography as well as simulation methods bridging the scales from atomistic to continuum provide access to all relevant length scales for designing and optimizing materials and material systems. The 2018 Gordon Conference on "Thin Film and Small Scale Mechanical Behavior" will be the platform to discuss progress and limitations of experimental and computational nano- and micromechanical methods, current understanding of deformation, fatigue and fracture mechanisms with a focus on small length scales, and to exchange ideas on interlinking different approaches to enhance the mechanical properties of thin films, coatings and bulk materials. Newest developments in testing methods, lab on chip concepts, exposure to environmental conditions as well as modeling approaches will be a central part of the meeting.

    Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 17, 2018.

    Program conference is fully describe at the following adress: https://www.grc.org/thin-film-and-small-scale-mechanical-behavior-conference/2018/

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  • From September 26th to 28th 2018, Europe´s Material Scientists and Engineers will meet at the Materials Science and Engineering Congress (MSE) at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. And a special focus on the following symposia:

    C05 - Small scall in situ mechanical testing:

     Small scale and in situ mechanical testing techniques are becoming more and more important for characterizing and understanding the mechanical behavior of a wide variety of materials. There is a rapid development of innovative in situ and small scale testing techniques, which allow further insights in the acting deformation processes and dominating deformation mechanisms.

    This symposium will mainly focus on both the development of new advanced in situ testing techniques and the further application of these techniques to understand the mechanical behavior of materials. Of special interest are combined experimental and simulation approaches, specifically focusing on the influences of interfaces on the material behavior. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

    • Advanced small scale testing techniques (e.g. Nanoindentation, µ-compression, µ-tension testing).
    • Testing and understanding the deformation behavior of interfaces: Interface glide and migration in deformation of interface-dominated structures, i.e. grain and phase boundaries.
    • Coupling between deformation and interface chemistry.
    • Monotonic and cyclic testing; interrupted monitoring.
    • Testing at elevated temperatures and under various environmental conditions.
    • New testing approaches for fracture toughness determination.
    • Correlation high resolution microscopy analysis and in situ testing using optical microscopy, SEM, TEM or X-ray.
    • Evaluation of localized phenomena by use of digital image correlation, acoustic and thermal measurements or combined full-field measurements.
    • Correlation between experiments and simulations.

    Symposium Organizers:

    Karsten Durst, Physical Metallurgy, TU Darmstadt.

    Verena Maier-Kiener, Department Physical Metallurgy and Materials Testing, Montanuniversität Leoben.

    Rebecca Janisch, ICAMS; Ruhr University Bochum.

    Afrooz Barnoush, NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

    Confirmed keynote speaker:

    Dr. Steffen Brinckmann from MPIE.

    Dr. Marco Sebastiani from University Roma Tre.

    Abstract deadline: February 28th, 2018

    Further information on the abstract submission can be found under https://www.mse-congress.de/topics/c-characterization/

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  • This is a 3 years PhD position for METZ.

    More details below

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  • Call for late-breaking abstracts:

    It's still possible to accommodate a few more contributions in the following 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

    Please submit your abstract until February 21, 2018  at: http://www2.avs.org/conferences/ICMCTF/2018/index.htm

    The full description of the symposium is available at: http://www2.avs.org/conferences/ICMCTF/2018/symposium_h.htm

    For further 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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