Symposium CP04—Interfacial Science and Engineering—Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Chemistry
Interface-dominated materials offer a number of unique opportunities for materials design and optimization. The key to the future development in this area is a detailed understanding of fundamental interfacial phenomena. In particular, the significance of both internal grain and phase boundaries as well as free surfaces becomes more dominant in technological applications when a significant reduction of system size or scale of microstructure is desired to tune properties. This symposium will bring together researchers from a wide range of backgrounds including theoretical, experimental, modeling, and characterization in order to communicate recent developments pertaining to interface-dominated processes in all states of matter (solids, liquids, gases) and discuss the future of the field. Improved descriptions of grain boundary thermodynamics, chemistry, and structure are targeted, to allow for fundamental advancements in predictive capabilities and materials design. Novel improvements in the areas of computational modeling across multiple length-scales and experimental characterization of interfaces are also sought, as are synergistic combinations of such techniques. Finally, processing routes that enable the control and optimization of interface structure and the networks that these interfaces form are desired.