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S3. Experimental and theoretical insights on interfaces of ceramics

Properties of ceramics depend strongly on the heterophase and homophase interfaces they contain, which can be affected by impurities or dopants. Interfacial complexions can form and undergo transitions when ceramics are heat-treated under various atmospheres. Understanding underlying mechanisms; unraveling interface structure, chemistry, and thermodynamic properties; and predicting interface complexions are keys to interface engineering and to tailoring the properties of ceramics for future applications. The aim of the session is to bring together experts in the field of interface science with a focus on the atomic structure, chemistry and energetics of interfaces, bonding, thermal stability, and other key factors to trigger discussions. This session welcomes experimental or theoretical  contributions to interfacial phenomena in various ceramics, ranging from energy applications to biominerals.


Proposed session topics

  • Atomic/ionic and electronic structure of interfaces in ceramic materials
  • Interface motion induced by temperature, electrical bias, mechanical stress, or magnetic field
  • Interface-dominated structural and functional properties of ceramics
  • Methodologies to advance understanding of interfaces

Symposium organizers

Invited Speakers

  • Mike Finnis, Imperial College of London
  • David McComb, The Ohio State University

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