E-MRS Spring 2012 - Symposium U
Carbon- or Nitrogen-Containing Nanostructured Thin Films
The focus of this proposal is on multifunctional thin films. It continues the successful story of previous E-MRS Meeting Symposia. The major objective is to provide a fruitful exchange platform for scientists and engineers working in the multidisciplinary research field of design, synthesis, characterization and application of thin films.
Carbon- or Nitrogen-Containing Nanostructured Thin Films exhibit multifunctional properties, which differ from those of the constituents. These films offer a wealth of structures, e.g. based on metastable phases, nanocomposites or nanosized multilayers, giving rise to unique combinations of optical, optoelectronic, magnetic, electrical and mechanical properties. Metastable films can be designed consisting of diamond-like carbon or CNx phases. Nanocomposite films can be tailored by adding either metallic (e.g. Ti), non-metallic (e.g. Si) elements with high C or N affinity or metallic elements with no C or N affinity (e.g. Cu) in an amorphous or crystalline matrix. Building films with a graded composition or multilayer structures can add new scientific insight for development of new materials. The objective of this symposium is to highlight the progress in development of carbon or nitrogen-containing nanostructured films consisting of nanocrystalline particles embedded in an inorganic and/or organic matrix. A multitude of inorganic matrixes can be imagined (e.g. C or Si based). Nanolaminated structures as MAX-phases are also in the scope of this symposium, while papers dealing with carbon nanotubes, graphene or other low-dimensional structures are not (unless these are embedded into a matrix). Contributions focused on deposition processes, structural characterization and composition analysis by advanced techniques will be appreciated. Papers elucidating mechanical, tribological, thermal, electrical, dielectric, optical, optoelectronic and magnetic properties, biomedical compatibility, and correlations between these properties and deposition parameters, structure or composition of films are encouraged. Topics such as process modelling and diagnostic techniques, surface interaction and nucleation phenomena as well as accelerated testing are requested. Investigations of degradation mechanisms e.g. phase and microstructure stability under different environments and coating-substrate interdiffusion are also welcome. Engineering-oriented contributions including e.g. automotive, chemical, electrical, optical, magnetic or optical data storage, pharmaceutical or biomedical applications as well as emerging applications like those in energy systems will also be considered.
Hot topics to be covered by the symposium
G. Abrasonis (Germany), D. Babonneau (France), M. Braic (Romania), A. Cavaleiro (Portugal), M. Cekada (Slovenja), D. Depla (Belgium), J. Fontaine (France), J. T. Gudmundsson (Denmark), F. Giuliani (United Kingdom), G.C.A.M. Janssen (The Netherlands), P.C. Kelires (Cyprus), D. Luca (Romania), P. Mayrhofer (Austria), S. Orlando (Italy), P. Ossi (Italy), J. Patscheider (Switzerland), B. Pecz (Hungary), Yutao Pei (Netherlands), K. Sarakinos (Sweden), M. Stüber (Germany), P.-Y. Tessier (France), M. Ürgen (Turkey), E. Valcheva (Bulgaria), J. Vlcek (Czech Republic)
Tentative list of invited speakers/ talks
1. Gregory Abadias, Université de Poitiers, France “Stress, phase stability and oxidation resistance of single-phase and nanocomposite TiN-based coatings”
2. Christophe Donnet, Université Jean Monnet, St. Etienne, France “Pulsed laser deposition of carbon-based coatings: highlights, limitations and new trends with ultrafast laser pulses”
3. Witold Gulbinski, Technical University of Koszalin, Poland “Nitride and carbon-based nanocomposite coatings for wood processing tools”
4. Pantelis C. Kelires, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus “Atomistic simulations of nanostructured and nanocomposite carbon films”
5. Jochen M. Schneider, RWTH Aachen, Germany Title to be announced
6. Sigitas Tamulevicius, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas Lithuania “Piezoresistive and optical properties of amorphous carbon based nanocomposite thin films deposited by plasma assisted methods”
7. Lenka Zajickova, Masaryk University, Brno Czech Republic “Polymer/CNTs nanocomposites prepared with the help of plasmachemical processes”
The manuscripts submitted to this symposium and accepted after peer-review processing on the basis of the referee procedure adopted for regular papers would be published in the international scientific journal Thin Solid Films by Elsevier.
Panos A. Patsalas
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