Special Issue "Microstructural and Phase Transformations in Materials"

A special issue of Quantum Beam Science (ISSN 2412-382X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Rozaliya Barabash

X-Ray & Neutron Scattering & Microscopy Group, Materials Science & Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6118, USA
Guest Editor
Prof. Klaus-Dieter Liss

Guangdong Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT), 241 Daxue Lu, Jinping Qu, Shantou, Guangdong Province, China
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The microstructural evolution and transformation of phases plays an eminent role in the design and making of structural materials in thermo-mechanical processes, as well as under application, such as aging, creep and fatigue. Moreover, crystal and microstrutural defects play inherent roles in functional materials, such as in semiconductors or solid-state electrochemistry.

Synchrotron, neutron radiation and other quantum beams are established most important probes to elucidate such wide class of microstructural and phase evolution.

The present Special Issue of Quantum Beam Science will focus on all kinds of investigation of microstructures in materials, their kinetics, dynamics and their driving parameters, including mapping (2D and 3D), transformations,  growth or refinement of grains and subgrains, dislocation structures and subgrains, grain boundaries, stress and texture, precipitation, ion gettering, swelling/shrinkage by precipitation of point defects, accumulation of crystal lattice defects by cycling phase transformations, effects and couplings of modulated structures, lattice evolution upon (cyclic) gas or Li ion loading, to mention but the most evident effects.

Methods will include conventional powder diffraction, peak profile analysis, multi-dimensional and grain-resolved diffraction, single crystal studies, combination of enhanced diffraction theories (dynamical theory, coherence), volume mapping, tomographic methods, nano-size diffraction, total scattering, magnetic probing, spectroscopy such as exafs, muons, positrons, inelastic scattering, nuclear resonance….

We envisage both ex-situ investigations of well prepared physical states as well as in-situ observations upon parametric changes of temperature, pressure and load, electric and magnetic fields, chemical potentials. Relevant sizes of objects range from engineering of steel structures, over battery electrodes, millimeter to micrometer size functional materials down to nanometers in micro-electronic devices.

With these aspects in mind, this Special Issue will collect original and review papers employing state-of-the-art quantum beams in applied research and for new and novel developments—both in characterization and in materials.

Prof. Dr. Rozaliya Barabash
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Liss
Guest Editors

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  • microsstructure
  • crystallites
  • defects
  • grain boundaries
  • phase transformations
  • kinetics
  • dislocation cells
  • orientation correlations
  • fatigue
  • creep
  • endurance
  • residual stress
  • applied fields
  • tensors
  • lattice response
  • deformation mechanisms—slip, twinning, martensitic
  • thermal response
  • orientation dependence and anisotropy
  • texture analysis
  • modelling
  • electric fields
  • magnetic fields
  • micro-mechanical modelling
  • metals
  • Li-ion electrodes
  • piezo and ferro-electrics
  • magnetic transformations
  • functional materials

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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