Workshop on Hierarchically Structured Materials (HSM)

Chair: Prof. Alexander Korsunsky, Trinity College, Oxford University, UK

TIME: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm (March 17, 2018)



For this edition of ICKEM meeting, the Conference Chair, Professor Alexander M. Korsunsky from the University of Oxford, UK, proposed the topic of Hierarchically Structured Materials (HSM) as the focal theme.

Natural and engineered materials that enjoy widespread successful use in highly demanding applications are distinguished by multi-level hierarchical structuring across the scales. Beginning with the chemical elements and molecular building blocks that form the material, the inherent properties are determined by the intricate composite architecture found at the nano- and micro-scales that governs macroscopic properties and performance.

A number of simulation frameworks have been put forward in order to model the material structure and behavior at each length scale of consideration. Similarly, a variety of techniques have been elaborated for experimental characterization and testing with the sensitivity and resolution appropriate for each length scale involved. Whilst this view of multi-scale materials modelling and characterization is widely accepted and used, there is a number of conceptual, theoretical and applied challenges that remain unresolved, e.g. rigorous definition of distinct structural scale, robust approach to the validation of multi-scale modelling frameworks, etc. In an attempt to advance our understanding in these areas, the Conference Chair organized a workshop devoted to Hierarchically Structured Materials (HSM), in which specific research results by conference participants were presented and examined in the light of the framework outlined above. This volume includes contributions to this overarching theme from the Conference Chair, Professor Alexander M. Korsunsky, and his collaborators.

Special Issue in Materials

Materials (ISSN 1996-1944; CODEN: MATEG9)

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An open access journal of materials science and engineering published monthly online by MDPI.

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Selected Papers will be included in the special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944; CODEN: MATEG9). Manuscripts included in ICKEM 2018 Proceedings can also be recommended to Materials with at least 50% content extension.

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