In situ imaging, spectroscopy, and scattering are highly versatile experimental techniques that probe the dynamic process of materials formation and transformation, and structure-property relationships in materials in real time. In recent years, in situ TEM and synchrotron based x-ray have expanded significantly to incorporate new environments, probes, and detectors to meet rapidly growing research needs in materials science. These techniques have been employed, for example, to understand the processes of phase transitions, nanoparticle nucleation and growth, self-assembly and coarsening, semiconductor/magnetic device operation, and in colloidal, electrochemical, organic, macromolecular, and biomineral systems.
The symposium will cover a broad range of topics related to in situ studies. Particular attention will be paid to the application of in situ techniques in the investigation of (but not limited to) phase transformations, cluster formation and dynamics, particle nucleation, crystal growth, crystal defect formation and elimination, recrystallization, nanoparticle interactions and assembly, nanowire growth, polymeric, macromolecular and organic/inorganic self-assembly, chemical reactions, and interface dynamics in environmental conditions. The goal of this symposium is to provide the forum for researchers from various fields utilizing in situ methods to understand the physics and chemistry of materials.