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Topic 1: Synthesis and Phase Control

Electric and magnetic field processing are effective tools to control the structural and functional properties of materials. Therefore the impact of magnetic and electric fields and current on defects, phase transformation, solid state reactions and microstructure is investigated in this topic.

C. Elsässer, C. Tao, M. Hoffmann, J. Preusker, R. A. De Souza: “Impact of electric fields on microstructure evolution in functional ceramics”
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
RWTH Aachen
S. Mathur, R. Weißing, H. Lee, D. Müller, B. May: “Magnetic Field-assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition of Transition Metal Oxides and in situ Investigations on Electronic Structure by X-ray”
Universität zu Köln
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
C. Elsässer, O. Gutfleisch, F. Maccari: “Processing of magnetic materials enhanced by electric fields or currents”
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Technische Universität Darmstadt
A. Voigt, R. Backofen: “The Influence of Electric and Magnetic Fields on Microstructure in Multiferroic Composite Materials - a Phase-Field-Crystal Approach”
Technische Universität Dresden
M. Martin, N. Ahr: “Kinetic unmixing and kinetic decomposition of oxides in external electric fields”
RWTH Aachen

Topic 2: Densification and Coarsening

Technologies, such as electric and magnetic field assisted sintering, offer the possibility to produce materials that are extremely difficult, if not impossible, to obtain by conventional methods. The impact of fields on densification, microstructure and material properties is investigated here.

R. A. De Souza, S. Körfer, A. Usler, O. Guillon, A. Dash: “Diffusion-controlled processes in polycrystalline ceria: Combined effect of electrical field and mechanical loading”
RWTH Aachen
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
C. A. Volkert, D. Schwarzbach: “In-Situ Electron Microscopy Studies of Flash Annealing in Oxide Ceramics”
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
R. Kirchheim, C. A. Volkert, T. Brede: “The impact of high current densities and magnetic fields on the microstructure of nanocrystalline iron- and nickel-based alloys and related effects during spark plasma sintering of these alloys”
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
C. Broeckmann, Y. Deng, S. Wang, M. Bram, T. Mishra: “From FAST to FLASH: Field assisted sintering of oxide ceramics with controlled electric field and current density”
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
D. Lupascu, D. Lewin: Flash sintering of Perovskites“
Universität Duisburg-Essen

Topic 3: Mechanical Deformation

This topic focuses on the electro- and magneto-plastic effects. The use of fields can indeed change the mechanical behavior of solids dramatically and can potentially reduce processing time and temperatures.

G. Gerstein, E. Karsten, S. Zaefferer, A. Tripathi, S. Nandy: „Micromechanisms of the electro-plastic effect in magnesium alloys investigated by means of electron microscopy”
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover,
Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH