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Structural Nanomaterials
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24 Months

Conference Description

Physical phenomena at macroscopic levels have been extensively explored in past decades, and many notable technological breakthroughs have been made. When the dimension of materials is reduced down to nano-meter scales (<100 nm), such as quantum dots, nano-particles, nano-wires and nano-tubes, many peculiar phenomena are observed, which cannot be readily understood by traditional theories. In fact, many traditional theories for material strength, for example, grain-boundary strengthening (or the classical Hall-Petch relationship), begin to break down as the characteristic length of a material approaches the nanometer range. The so-called "size effect" has been not only observed and vigorously studied in many functional materials (magnetic, optical, electronic) but also in structural materials in recent years. For example, some Fe-based alloys were recently found to be extremely creep resistant at high temperatures. Atom probe study showed that the creep strength was actually resulted from the presence of nanoclusters, differing from the conventional particle strengthening mechanism. Such alloys were further discovered to be extremely stable under high irradiation fluence environment, potential for Generation IV nuclear reactors. The time is now ripe to expect breakthroughs of our fundamental understanding of the structure-performance correlation in nanostructured materials under complex application environments.

This Gordon Research Conference will provide a platform for scientists to share these interesting observations, discuss their physical underpinning mechanisms, and address technological implications. However, with nearly 200 topics currently included in the Gordon Conference portfolio each year, the exciting area of structural nanomaterials for structural applications has been largely overlooked. We thus believe that there is an urgent need to bring together researchers with different backgrounds who strive to obtain identical goals, viz. understanding the nanostructures and advancing their technological applications. We suggest gathering experimental, computational, and theoretical material scientists/physicists/chemists from academia and industry with backgrounds in structural materials and even functional materials to exchange ideas and to discuss the most recent progress and pressing problems, and to take us to a higher level. This Gordon Research Conference will take place in Hong Kong, because its location and history as meeting point of East and West make it an ideal place to coordinate the global activities in the field.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2018 Structural Nanomaterials Aug 12-17 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Z.P. Lu
Simon Ringer
2016 Structural Nanomaterials
Interfacial and Surface Effects on Structural Nanomaterial Properties
Jul 10-15 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Jian Lu
Christopher Schuh
2014 Structural Nanomaterials
Recent Advances in Understanding the Structures and Properties of Nanomaterials
Jul 20-25 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Chain Tsuan Liu
T.G. Nieh
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