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Topics for the Spring Meeting in Berlin from 11. - 16. March 2018

Contributions can be submitted to the following topics:

Invited speakers:

  • Andrea Baldi (FOM Institute DIFFER, Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
  • Christoph Kirchlechner (MPIE Düsseldorf, Germany)
  • Laurent Ponson (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, Germany)
  • Alessandro De Vita (King’s College London, UK)
  • Wolfgang Sprengel (Universität Graz, Austria)
  • Martin Peterlechner (Universität Münster, Germany)

The Metals and Materials Physics Division organises the following topical sessions at the Spring Meeting in Berlin 2018:

  • Topical session (Symposium MM): Fundamentals of Fracture


    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

    Invited speakers:

    • Laurent Ponson (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France)
    • James Kermode (University of Warwick, UK)
    • David Armstrong (Department of Materials, University of Oxford, UK)
    • Dov Sherman (Tel-Aviv University, Israel)
    • Remi Dingreville (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
    • Reinhard Pippan (Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science, Leoben, Austria)


      Prof. Erik Bitzek
      Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Institute I,
      Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg FAU
      E-Mail: erik.bitzek@fau.de

      Prof. Sandra Korte-Kerzel
      Institute of Physical Metallurgy and Metal Physics
      RWTH Aachen University
      E-Mail: korte-kerzel@imm.rwth-aachen.de

      Prof. Peter Gumbsch
      Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM, Freiburg
      E-Mail: peter.gumbsch@kit.edu

  • Topical session (Symposium MM): Hydrogen in Materials

    Hydrogen is well known to play an essential role in materials, but the underlying physics gives still rise to many open questions. The relevant mechanisms include the adsorption of hydrogen at surfaces, its absorption and diffusion inside the material and the interaction with its microstructure. Understanding and controlling these mechanisms is decisive for renewable energy applications, but also for design concepts in the case of many more structural and functional materials. Further on, hydrogen containing materials serve as model systems for general physical properties such as the impact of nano-sizing or isotope effects. In this context, the symposium addresses hydrogen-related issues spanning from theory to application and from the physics at surfaces to that in the materials interior. Key topics will be:

    • H interactions with materials surfaces (incl. H-production and catalysis)
    • H absorption in materials including nano-materials (incl. hydrogen storage)
    • H-interactions with defects (incl. H-embrittlement)

    We welcome abstracts.

    Invited speakers:

    • Andrea Baldi (FOM Institute DIFFER, Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
    • Christoph Langhammer (Chalmers Universität, Göteburg, Sweden)
    • Martin Dornheim (Helmholtz-Zenrum Geesthacht, Germany)
    • Markus Wilde (University of Tokio, Japan)
    • Axel Groß (Universität Ulm, Germany)
    • Tony Paxton (Kings College London, UK)
    • Dirk Ponge (MPI Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf, Germany)


      Prof. Dr. A. Pundt
      Institute of Materials Physics
      University of Göttingen
      Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1
      D-37077 Göttingen

      Dr. Tilmann Hickel
      Department of Computational Materials Design
      Max-Planck Institute for Iron Research, Düsseldorf, Germany
      E-Mail: hickel@mpie.de

  • Topical session (Symposium EPS & MM): Mechanical Properties at Small Scales

    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, Belgium)
    • Jon Molina Aldareguia (Madrid Institute of Advanced Materials, Spain)
    • Sandrine Brochard (Université de Poitiers-CNRS-ENSMA, France)
    • Sandra Korte-Kerzel (Institute of Physical Metallurgy and Metal Physics, RWTH Aachen, Germany)
    • Benoit Merle (Faculty of Engineering, FAU Erlangen, Germany)


      Prof. Gerhard Dehm
      Max-Planck-Institut for Iron Research GmbH
      Max-Planck-Straße 1, D-40237 Düsseldorf Germany
      E-Mail: dehm@mpie.de

      Prof. Olivier Thomas
      IM2NP Aix-Marseille Université
      13397 Marseille Cedex 20 France
      E-Mail: olivier.thomas@im2np.fr

      Dr. Laurent Pizzagalli
      Institut P’
      SP2MI, BP 30179
      86962 Futuroscope Chasseneuil Cedex France
      E-Mail: Laurent.Pizzagalli@univ-poitiers.fr

  • Topical session (Symposium EPS & MM, joint session with MA): Magnetism in Materials Science: Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Defects

    In the framework of materials science, significant efforts are devoted to the development of specially tailored magnetic compounds for a broad range of modern technologies like automotive, energy generation and energy conversion. While the impact of magnetism on various functional properties is widely studied, much less is known about the interplay of magnetism, microstructure and mechanical properties, which is decisive to optimize the structural aspects of these applications. An important challenge for materials science is hence to understand the influence of magnetism (i) on thermodynamic properties like phase-stability, (ii) on kinetic processes like phase-transitions, (iii) on the formation and mobility of defects like vacancies and dislocations, and (iv) on the resulting macroscopic mechanical properties. In the symposium we will review the current state of the art in the field of magnetism in materials science. Topics that will be addressed and that are open to abstract submission are:

    • Advanced modeling and simulation methods of magnetism in alloys
    • Characterization and simulation of phase-stability, diffusion and microstructure evolution in bulk/thin-film magnetic alloys
    • Characterization and simulation of magnetic structure and ordering in bulk alloys, thin-films and multilayers
    • Effect of magnetic entropy and magnetic transition in materials properties
    • Magnetic properties driven by microstructure and compositional changes
    • Advanced methods to characterize defects in alloys
    • Advanced study of (inter)diffusion in alloys and multilayers

    The symposium will consist of invited talks, contributed talks and a poster session. The contributions of the symposium should highlight the importance of magnetism in structural materials for progress in materials science by providing theoretical or experimental insight, by addressing open questions, by contributing to method development or similar.

    Invited speakers:

    • Anders Bergman (Uppsala University, Sweden)
    • Silke Biermann (École Polytechnique Palaiseau, France)
    • Markus Gruner (University Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
    • Oliver Gutfleisch (TU Darmstadt, Germany)
    • Christian Mény (IPCMS Strasbourg, France)
    • Dmitri Molodov (RWTH Aachen, Germany)


      Dr. Chu Chun Fu,
      DEN/DMN/SRMP CEA-Saclay
      Gif-sur-Yvette, France
      E-Mail: ChuChun.Fu@cea.fr

      Dr. Thomas Hammerschmidt
      ICAMS, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany
      E-Mail: Thomas.Hammerschmidt@rub.de

      Dr. Tilmann Hickel
      Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf, Germany
      E-Mail: T.Hickel@mpie.de

      Dr. Véronique Pierron-Bohnes
      IPCMS CNRS-Unistra, Strasbourg, France
      E-Mail: Vero@ipcms.unistra.fr

  • Topical Session (Symposium MM): Big data in Materials Science – Managing and exploiting the raw material of the 21st century

    Materials science is entering an era where the growth of data from experiments and simulations is expanding beyond a level that is addressable by established scientific methods. The so-called “4 V challenge” – concerning Volume (the amount of data), Variety (the heterogeneity of form and meaning of data), Velocity (the rate at which data may change or new data arrive), and Veracity (uncertainty of quality) is clearly becoming eminent. Issues are, for example, an early discrimination between valuable and irrelevant experimental data, understanding errors in both experiment and theory, and assigning error bars and trust levels to density-functional theory high-throughput screening results, just to name a few. Big Data of materials science, however, can also be seen as a chance, promising completely new insight and knowledge gain when fully exploiting the information content in the already available and strongly increasing data. This exploitation requires new and dedicated technology based on approaches in statistical and machine learning, compressed sensing, and other recent technologies from mathematics, computer science, statistics, and information technology. Making use of this synergy, will enable the development of novel, domain-specific, and even property-specific methods to enter and shape the era of data-driven materials research.

    Invited Speakers:

    • Stefano Curtarolo (Duke University, USA)
    • Manuel Guizar-Sicairos (Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen, Switzerland)
    • Cécile Hébert (EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland)
    • Christoph Schweizer(Frauenhofer IWM, Germany)
    • Jilles Vreeken (MPI Saarbrücken, Germany)
    • Jan Vybíral (Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Rebublic)


      Prof. Claudia Draxl
      Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany
      E-Mail: claudia.draxl@physik.hu-berlin.de

      Prof. Peter Fratzl
      Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Golm, Germany
      E-Mail: Peter.Fratzl@mpikg.mpg.de


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