Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:17

Exploring the What, When, Where and Why of Materials Processing

    Exploring the What, When, Where and Why of Materials Processing

    December 16, 2013
    1 p.m.
    Room: 26-168
    (Refreshments will be available)

    Dr. Paul H. Fuoss, Argonne National Laboratory


    Materials science is fundamentally about synthesizing materials with unique and useful properties, and processing those materials into useful devices and structures. Synthesis of new materials typically proceeds through a complicated set of metastable states, and sophisticated processes have been developed which rely on the kinetic properties of these states. While these processes are often well understood on a phenomenological level through indirect and ex-situ measurements, many of the underlying mechanisms are still poorly understood. The latest X-ray sources, such as the Advanced Photon Source, allow observation of the dynamic mechanisms of synthesis of real materials, under real conditions in real time. Dr. Paul H. Fuoss, Group Leader of Synchrotron Radiation Studies in Argonne's Materials Science Division, will present results from research programs at the APS that examine 1) the growth of thin films and 2) the correlation of solid oxide fuel cell cathode performance with structural properties. Fuoss will discuss how new X-ray techniques will allow the observation of synthesis processes not only as statistical averages, but also as events resolved in both space and time; and speculate on how that knowledge will help create a new science of synthesis.


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