Special Issue "Thermal, Mechanical and Radiation Stability of Nanostructured Metals"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.
Interests: in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM); ion beam modification (IBM); extreme environments; in situ scanning electron microscopy (SEM); nanostructure stability
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Special Issue in Materials: Radiation Damage in Materials: Coupled Extreme Environments
Interests: theoretical and computational materials science; interface thermodynamics; machine learning; additive manufacturing; microstructural evolution
Nanostructured metals ranging from nanocrystalline and nanolayer to nanoporous and nanocomposite structures exhibit unique combinations of properties and functionalities that are not typically found in their counterparts. These include mechanical strength, hardness, wear, transport, catalytic activity, and radiation tolerance, to name a few. However, very few of these metals, alloys, or metal matrix composites have found industrial applications, due largely to the poor stability of nanostructures. Nanostructured metals are at highly non-equilibrium states, due to the high density of interfaces and associated interfacial contribution to the free energy of these materials systems. This in turn constitutes a large driving force for several coarsening and homogenization processes. The ability to mitigate such coarsening phenomena and retain the nanocrystalinity under continuous service conditions and for extended time scales is arguably one of the main obstacles to the large scale commercialization of these systems. In recent years, studies have suggested several metallurgical routes to increase the stability of these systems. Understanding the stability of nanostructured metals is a rapidly emerging field that has the potential to greatly advance the integration of nanomaterials into applications with long term or extreme environments.
The format of welcomed articles includes full papers, communications, and reviews. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Thermodynamic and kinetic stability of metals
- Solute and multiphase stability
- Nanostructured systems including: Nanocrystalline, Nanolayers, Nanoporous, Nanoscale precipitants
- Modeling via molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo, or mesoscale approaches
- Production via thin film growth, additively manufacturing, and bulk processing
- Extreme environments
Dr. Khalid Hattar
Dr. Fadi F Abdeljawad
Manuscript Submission Information
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- nanostructured metals
- structural stability
- thermal annealing
- mechanical stability
- radiation stability
- grain boundary and interface mobility