Sub-Micron and Nanostructured Ceramics

Venue: Colorado Springs

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

Event Date/Time: Jun 07, 2009 End Date/Time: Jun 12, 2009
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Nanotechnology has the potential to significantly amplify the functional roles of the currently known repertoire of materials. While the search for new bulk nanomaterials with improved function continues, the use of nanostructured and sub-micron ceramics in engineering applications has become already a reality. For example nanostructured ceramic coatings deposited on metallic surfaces of engineering components have exhibited unprecedented strain tolerance and durability, exhibiting no signs of deterioration after several years of wear and fatigue. Infrared transparent ceramic nanocomposites have also become a reality. Progress in a wide range of structural and functional applications for nanoceramics crucially depends on the development of new fabrication and processing technologies, along with a fundamental understanding of the relationship between the structure, function and properties.

The focus of this Conference is to present current multidisciplinary research on sub-micron and nanostructured ceramics and nanotechnologies for structural and functional applications with the primary focus of reinforcing the relationship between basic science and engineering at the nanoscale level. The meeting aims to cover all aspects of synthesis, processing and properties. Particular emphasis is placed on work on processing, fabrication and applications of nanoceramics. Many applications, including structural materials, ceramic cutting tools, IR transparent windows, and polycrystalline lasers are the subjects of intense research and development. This conference will explore recent progress and identify new opportunities for technological development.

Potential topics include

Synthesis and Processing Techniques
Mechanical Behavior
Grinding and Polishing
Wear and Erosion Resistance
Surface Modification
Optical and Thermal Properties
Functional Ceramics
Lawrence T. Kabacoff (Office of Naval Research, USA)
Sharon Beermann-Curtin (DARPA, USA)
Thomas Tsakalakos (Rutgers University, USA)
Jeff DeHosson (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Gan-Moog Chow (National University of Singapore)