Special Issue "Imaging and Characterization of Applied Materials"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Marko Huttula
Guest Editor
Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 3000, FIN-90014 Oulu, Finland
Interests: molecular materials; nanomaterials; spectroscopy; clusters; metal atoms; synchrotron-based characterization
Prof. Dr. Lauri Eklund
Guest Editor
Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 5000, FIN-90014 Oulu, Finland
Interests: endothelial cell; vascular and extracellular matrix biology in basic and translational research; advanced microscopic imaging modalities and image analysis tools for biological imaging

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Applied Sciences presents full-length papers on Imaging and Characterization technologies and applications in a multidisciplinary view. The “International Conference on Imaging and Characterization—Future technologies and Applications” conference to be held in Oulu, Finland on 8–10 January, 2020 is at the core of the Special Issue. ICFUTURE2020 is an event that brings together experts cross-sectorally from several fields.

The ICFUTURE2020 conference is a part of the activities of the I4FUTURE doctoral program funded from the EU H2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 713606. This Special Issue also welcomes other relevant contributions affiliated to the I4FUTURE program and/or its collaborating partners.

The general topical areas of this Special Issue are recent developments in imaging and characterization, atmosphere and environment, materials and processes, as well as bio- and medical sciences. The manuscripts can be related to technology development and new or advanced application areas of the technologies or concentrate on what kind of information can be retrieved from specific materials using different imaging and characterization techniques.

Prof. Dr. Marko Huttula
Prof. Dr. Lauri Eklund
Guest Editors

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  • recent developments in imaging and characterization
  • atmosphere and environment
  • materials and processes
  • bio- and medical sciences
  • catalysis
  • time-resolved techniques
  • online analysis
  • microscopy
  • ambient pressure techniques
  • new materials from by-products and waste
  • labile surface analysis

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Application of Raman Spectroscopy for Characterizing Synthetic Non-Metallic Inclusions Consisting of Calcium Sulphide and Oxides
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(6), 2113; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10062113 - 20 Mar 2020
The presence of non-metallic inclusions (NMI) such as sulphides and oxides may be detrimental to the control of the steel casting process and product quality. The need for their identification and characterization is, therefore, urgent. This study uses time-gated Raman spectroscopy for the [...] Read more.
The presence of non-metallic inclusions (NMI) such as sulphides and oxides may be detrimental to the control of the steel casting process and product quality. The need for their identification and characterization is, therefore, urgent. This study uses time-gated Raman spectroscopy for the characterization of synthetic duplex oxide-sulphide phases that contain CaS and the oxide phases of Al2O3, CA, C12A7, C3A, and MgO·Al2O3 (MA). Binary phase samples of CaS–MA, C3A–CaS, C12A7–CaS, Al2O3–CaS, and MA–CaS were prepared with varying phase contents. The relative intensities of the Raman peaks were used to estimate the samples’ phase content. For a quantitative estimation, linear regression calibration models were used to evaluate the change in phase content in the samples. The most suitable Raman peak ratios had mean absolute error (MAE) values ranging from 3 to 7 wt. % for the external validation error, and coefficients of determination (R2) values between 0.94 and 0.98. This study demonstrated the use of Raman spectroscopy for the characterization of the calcium sulphide, magnesium aluminate spinel, Al2O3, and calcium aluminate phases of CA, C3A, and C12A7 in a duplex oxide-sulphide system, and it offers potential for inclusion characterization in steel. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Imaging and Characterization of Applied Materials)
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