2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium FF06-Advances in the Fundamental Understanding and Functionalization of Reactive Materials

Reactive materials are typically composites that, upon some initial energy input, produce a self-supporting reaction that releases energy in the form of heat, light, and/or pressure. These materials are unique in the world of energetic materials – unlike explosives, the reaction fronts propagate sub-sonically, but due to highly refined mixing length scales, they can reflect higher kinetic rates than propellants. This regime represents reaction rates that are tailorable over six orders of magnitude. To specify use in diverse fields including joining/welding, pyrotechnics, transient electronics, or medicine, researchers pursue precise control over the reactive behavior. Innate material characteristics like reactant periodicity, stoichiometry, and architecture enable tuning and control of reactivity, based on the subject application. New methods for control of architecture, stoichiometry, or reactant spacing are now available and have provided intriguing new avenues for reaction tuning or for functionalizing the reaction and its products. Similarly, the application of new diagnostics with extreme spatial and temporal resolution allow for collection of data particularly valuable to atomistic- and highly-resolved continuum-level simulations of thermal and mass transport. With the routine, practical use of these advanced methods reaching prevalence, the factors enabling reaction tuning require reassessment, defining a novel field of research for the community. This symposium will focus on the latest research on processing, characterization, and modeling of reactive materials, with emphasis on those utilizing advanced manufacturing and diagnostic techniques to fabricate and interrogate complex reactive materials such as thermites (i.e. Al/CuO, Si/NaClO4) and intermetallics (i.e. Al/Ni or Ti/B). This field is constantly advancing, and this symposium will serve as a platform for the contributors to collectively consider upcoming challenges and research directions.

A tutorial complementing this session is tentatively planned.

Topics will include:

  • The integration of advanced manufacturing and diagnostic techniques to create new functionality or investigate previously inaccessible phenomena
  • Processing of reactive materials
  • Current or potential applications of energetic materials
  • Rapid in-situ temperature, composition, and speciation characterization techniques
  • Modeling of ignition and reaction mechanisms
  • Thin film or MEMS based methods
  • Novel fuels and/or oxidizers
  • Other reactive material characterization techniques
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Michael Zachariah (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Keith Nelson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Florence Baras (Univ. Bourgogne Franche Comte, France)
  • Kerri-Lee Chintersingh-Dinnal (New Jersety Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Albert Epshteyn (Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Alexandra Golobic (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
  • Joseph Hooper (Naval Postgraduate School, USA)
  • David Kittell (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
  • Stephen Liu (Colorado School of Mines and Technology, USA)
  • Alexander Mukasyan (University of Notre Dame, USA)
  • Li Qiao (Purdue University, USA)
  • Travis Sippel (Iowa State University, USA)
  • Elliot Wainwright (Johns Hopkins University, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Robert Reeves
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Physical Life Sciences-Materials Science Division

Sili Deng
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Alain Esteve
Laboratoire d’Analyse et d’Architecture des Systems
Department for Energy Management

Lori Groven
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Chemical and Biological Engineering

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