MAX and MAB phases are thermodynamically stable nanolaminates of early transition metals carbides, nitrides, and borides. They have unusual and unique properties. For example, MAX phases are hexagonal materials with an inherent nanolayered structure which provides a unique combination of metal-like and ceramic-like properties: machinability, good electrical and thermal conductivity, high thermal shock resistance, good oxidation resistance, and stiffness at high temperature, which opens a way to diverse potential applications. Recently, it was shown that it is possible selectively etch atomic metal layers out of the structure to separate each nanolaminates block of the transition metal compounds and form 2D solids. Despite their relatively short history, MXenes (the 2D phase after removing A layers from MAX phases) have attracted scientists’ attentions due to their attractive properties such as their excellent electronic conductivity and surface functionality and tunability.

The symposium will focus on designing, processing, structure-property relationships, thermal, electrical, optoelectronic, solid lubrication, and mechanical properties, oxidation resistance, stability, and applications of these novel nanolaminates compounds in their 2D and 3D forms. In addition, exploratory research on related ternary chemistry is also invited.

Proposed Session Topics
  • Design of novel compositions and manufacturing methods
  • Methods for improving damage tolerance, oxidation, and thermal shock resistance
  • Novel applications and device fabrication (electrochemical energy storage, biosensors, etc.) of MAX/MAB phases and MXenes
  • Study of electronic, optical, plasmonic, and thermoelectric properties
  • Theoretical calculations for designing and predicting behavior of MAX/MAB phases and MXenes

Symposium Organizers
  • Surojit Gupta, UND USA
  • Miladin Radovic, Texas AandM University, USA
  • Konstantza Lambrinou, SCK • CEN, Belgium
  • Jochen M. Schneider, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Jie Zhang, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Thierry Cabioch, Université de Poitiers, France
  • Babak Anasori, Drexel University, USA
  • Sylvain Dubois, Université de Poitiers, Poitier
  • Per Eklund, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Johanna Rosen, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Jesus Gonzalez, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
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