• There are a couple places left at the Quantitative Electron Microscopy school, that will be held in Sète, from May 22nd, to June 2nd, 2017. 

    If interested, please contact : qem2017@gmail.com

    More information here : https://qem2017.sciencesconf.org/

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  • By popular demand, and to cope with a developing tradition in our communities*, the deadline for abstract submission to the 

    GDRi MECANO General Meeting 2017, to take place in Toulouse May 10-12 2017

    is pushed to March 24th. And will not be pushed further.

    The program of the workshop will be posted online on March 29th, 2017

    Thank you to all of you who already provided a contribution.

    Meilleurs regards



    *Is it bad, is it good? We may discuss this around a glass of Tariquet, in Toulouse.

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  • This conference will bring together people working in the field of nano- and micromechanical testing in materials research. It will provide a forum for discussion of the latest activities in application of nano- and micromechanical testing methods. The conference is a continuation of the ECI series.

    Abstract Submission : One page abstract/s that include specific results and conclusions to allow a scientific assessment of a proposed oral presentation or poster are invited.

    Oral abstract deadline : May 15, 2017;
    Poster abstract deadline: May 31, 2017;
    Abstracts should be submitted electronically.

    Conference Chair : K.Durst, Technical University of Darmstadt 
    More information about this conference here.

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  • The Institut of Materials and Process Engineering (IMAP) of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) and the Electron Microscopy for materials Science /EMAT) research group of the University of Antwerp are looking for a post-doctoral researcher to support various and mutual projects on transmission electron microscopy characterisation and nano-mechanical testing of novel metallic and metallic-based materials. Examples of materials include high-entropy alloys and aluminium alloys-based processed by friction stir and involving multi-material(steel, Mg, oxides, NiTi, ...) interfaces.

    Profile:  The candidate must have a background in high resolution (scanning-transmission electron microscopy techniques (TEM and STEM), including aberration corrected microscopy and have experience in in-situ nano-mechanical experiments. Hands-on experience with Titan, Osiris and Tecnai instruments is useful, as well as with Hysitron pico-indentor PI95 sample holder and Nanomegas ASTAR orientation imaging including TopSpin strain mapping. Knowledge on behaviour of defects in materials under mechanical loads is important.

    Applications can be submitted until 31 March 2017

    To apply send your CV to Prof. Hosni Idrissi (hosni.idrissi@uclouvain.be) and Prof. Nick Schryvers (nick.schryvers@uantwerpen.be)

    More details in:

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  • This PhD will start in September/October 2017 and combines atomic simulations and TEM characterization.
    The theoretical study will be essentially performed by using atomistic simulations (molecular dynamics, Nudge Elastic Band method...) with a semi-empirical potential of Embedded Atom Method type. The simulations will use the LAMMPS code and will be performed using lab computing facility or facilities at the regional or national scale.
    The experimental part will be based on in-situ deformation experiments using different experimental setups, some of them already existing (high temperature tensile holder, nano-indentor), others in development, and different kind of imaging techniques (bright/dark field, orientation mapping, strain/stress mapping, high resolution). The use of new tensile devices incorporating micro-actuators and FIB (Focused Ion Beam) machined samples should for instance allow high resolution TEM experiments. The success of such experiments at a scale close to the simulations will allow the identification and the monitoring of the deformation at atomic scale.These experiments will benefit also from established international collaboration: we will study both freestanding metal thin films with small grain (processed in the US), or bicrystals containing only one grain boundary, provided by RWTH university in Aachen.

    Profile: The candidate should have an overall good level in physics (mechanics, statistical physics, solid state physics, and crystallography) and knowledge in programming language (fortran, C, C++, python. . . ). Knowledge in elasticity and plasticity will be valuable.

    Contact: N. Combe (combe@cemes.fr), F. Mompiou (mompiou@cemes.fr)

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