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Thin Film & Small Scale Mechanical Behavior (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

New Insights into Understanding the Limits of Small


July 23-24, 2016


Bates College
Lewiston, ME


Julian E.C. Sabisch & Paula O. Guglielmi

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Thin Film and Small Scale Mechanical Behavior is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The Seminar (GRS) on Thin Films and Small Scale Mechanics is aimed at early-career scientists and graduate students with unpublished cutting-edge ideas. The seminar is a great opportunity for junior researchers to present in front of like-minded peers with ample time for in-depth scientific discussions. Featured topics in this seminar include: small scale mechanics, in-situ mechanical testing, nanoindentation, microscopy and corresponding simulation work for additional insight into experimentally observed behaviors. Attendance will be limited by the number of seats available for the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) held immediately afterward, as attending the following GRC is strongly recommended for all GRS participants will receive reserved registration positions. The combination of GRS and GRC allows for early-career scientists to get an introduction into fields relating of small scale mechanics by providing an environment excellently suited for the discussion of ideas and networking with scientific peers.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Thin Film & Small Scale Mechanical Behavior" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: In-Situ Electron Backscatter Diffraction
Discussion Leader: Paula Guglielmi (Institute of Materials Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmJohannes Ast (EMPA - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland)
"In-Situ EBSD Measurements During Micro-Cantilever Fracture Experiments in Single-Crystalline B2-NiAl and Tungsten"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmIn-Situ Mechanical Testing and Nanoscale Materials
Discussion Leader: Henry Ovri (Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmBo-Shiuan Li (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Large Fracture Resistance Behaviour of Tungsten at the Nanoscale"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmXin Yan (University of Houston, USA)
"Time-Scaling in Atomistics and the Rate-Dependent Mechanical Behavior of Nanostructures"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmSuzanne Verheyden (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
"Plasticity of Microcast Aluminium Microwires"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmPralav Shetty (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
"Mechanisms to Control Oxidation in Nanograined Metallic Alloys"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMaterials in Nuclear Applications and the Temperature Dependence of Materials
Discussion Leader: Bo-Shiuan Li (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:20 amAlexandra Cackett (UK Atomic Energy Authority, United Kingdom)
"Materials for Nuclear Power: Small-Scale Samples and the Size Effect"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amBarbara Putz (Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science, Austria)
"Influence of Extreme Thermal Cycling on Metal – Polymer Interfaces for Space Applications"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amRachel Liontas (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"Effects of Irradiation and Wall Thickness on Metallic Glasses Nanolattices"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amAndreas Kleinbichler (Kompetenzzentrum Automobil- und Industrieelektronik GmbH (KAI), Austria)
"Influence of Annealing Treatments on the Adhesion of Metal Barrier Layers"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel
A panel discussion with career scientists in both academia and industry. This interactive session allows for students to ask questions to mentors who, after giving an introduction to their own career paths, will offer advice to guide GRS participants into making informed decisions during and after graduate school.
Discussion Leader: Julian Sabisch (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Making Informed Decisions During and After Graduate School"
  • Erik Herbert (Michigan Technological University, USA)
  • Abraham Anapolsky (Intermolecular Inc, USA)
  • Megan Cordill (Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science, Austria)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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