Symposium Scope

Nowadays the need of advanced materials for high-end applications increases considerably, while the grain size of their constituents decreases down to the nanometric scale. Therefore, fundamental research and design of novel materials with tailored properties requires the use of sophisticated microscopy and spectroscopy characterization tools.

The aim of this symposium is to introduce a wide range of participants to the entire potential of materials characterization techniques available today. It is of crucial importance to present the broad range of capability and quantity of possible data that microscopic characterization methods offer to the scientists and engineers. A good example may be the transmission electron microscopy, which is often used for simple imaging of the material microstructure, while it can be applied for sophisticated analysis of various defects at the atomic scale, qualitative and quantitative elemental mapping and reconstruction of 3-D structures. Therefore, tools like electron or surface probe microscopy equipped with various satellite tools will be in the scope of this session. Particular interest will be focused on high-end spectroscopic tools allowing chemical characterization of the materials down to the atomic bonding. Contributions in advances and innovations in instrumentation are particularly solicitated.

All scientists and engineers interested in contributing to the development of knowledge in microscopic characterization tools are cordially invited to participate in this symposium.


The symposium will consist of four sessions, listed below, each of them devoted to a different characterization method:

1. Application of Analytical Electron Microscopy

This session is devoted to one of the most powerful characterization tools of the nanoworld: the transmission electron microscope (TEM). It combines structural and chemical characterization of materials ranging from micron to sub-nanometer scale. We solicit both oral and poster presentations in the recent development as well as in the application of advanced TEM methods, including electron diffraction (ED), high resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM), electron tomography, scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS).

2. Surface Probe Microscopy & Spectroscopy at Micro & Nanoscale

This session focuses on advanced characterization of materials on micro and nanoscale. It is intended to emphasize recent developments and novel methods but also established techniques for microstructural characterization by imaging and chemical spectroscopy. The characterization of surfaces is of particular interest for computer and semiconductor industry. An additional part of this session will be devoted to surface probing of magnetic materials. Highlighted methods are mainly surface probe microscopy techniques (AFM/STM) and spectroscopy (XPS, SIMS/TOFSIMS).

3. Non-Destructive Characterization Methods

This session is focused on non-destructive and/or in-situ material characterization techniques. Examples of methods include: optical and Raman spectroscopy, ellipsometry, acoustic and thermal wave methods, X-ray and synchrotron radiation based investigations, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron microprobe analysis (EMPA).

4. Nanotribology of Advanced Materials

This session addresses the very recent advances in the field of nanotribology. Mechanical investigations at the sub-nanometric scale such as friction, wear, adhesion and (nano)indentation tests as well as surface physics/chemistry investigations are of particular interest. Studies on self-lubricating thin films and hard, wear resistant coatings to prevent failure in unfavorable environment (ex. high temperature or humidity, corrosion media, vacuum etc.) are encouraged. New developments in instrumentation and measurement techniques are also in the scope of this session. Another part of this session will be focused on tribological properties of nanoparticles and surface modified nanoparticles in various environments. Moreover the tribological behavior of new type of oil additives and lubricating bases including ionic liquids (in particular the ecological ones) will be in the center of interest.

Scientific Committee

Prof. Jan DUTKIEWICZ (Poland); Prof. Philippe-André BUFFAT (Switzerland); Prof. Gustaaf VAN TENDELOO (Belgium); Prof. Bahrat BHUSHAN (USA); Dr. Andras KIS (USA); Dr. Leszek KLIMEK (Poland); Dr. Martin BALDEN (Germany); Prof. Pierre STADELMANN (Switzerland); Dr. Raphaël Foschia (Switzerland); Prof. Nikolai Myshkin (Belarus); Prof. Stanislaw Plaza (Poland); Prof. Aleksandra Czyrska-Filemonowicz (Poland); Prof. Hans-Peter Karnthaler (Austria).

Invited Speakers

  • Prof. Dr. Ernst Meyer : "Control of atomic friction" (University of Basel, SWITZERLAND)
  • Prof. Udo Schwarz : "Nanoparticle manipulation using Scanning Probe Techniques: a new approach to Nanotribology" (Yale University, USA); talk will be given by Dr. Dirk Dietzel (Münster University, GERMANY)
  • Prof. Jean Michel Martin : "Study of tribochemical processes by Energy-Filtering TEM" (Ecole Centrale de Lyon, FRANCE)
  • Prof. Klaus Leifer : "Quantitative transmission electron microscopy for the analysis of interfaces and quantum nano-structures" (Upsala University, SWEDEN); talk will be given by Dr. Ernesto Coronell ( Upsala University, SWEDEN)
  • Prof. Othmar Marti "Optical fields at micro and nanostructures" (University of Ulm, GERMANY)
  • Prof. Aleksandra Czyrska-Filemonowicz : "Characterisation of phases in nanostructured, multilayered titanium alloys by analytical and high resolution electron microscopy" (AGH University of Science and Technology, POLAND)
  • Prof. Michael Lehman : "Of-axis electron holography: beyond atomic structure determination" (Technical University of Berlin, GERMANY)
  • Prof. Hans-Josef Hug : "Scanning Force Microscopy - Applications in Magnetism and Surface Science" (Empa, SWITZERLAND)
  • Prof. Rozaliya Barabash : "3D characterization of defect gradients in the near surface microstructures and bulk alloys via polychromatic microdiffraction" (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Prof. Antonella Rossi-Elsner : "X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy for surface and thin film chemical analysis." (ETHZ, SWITZERLAND)
  • Prof. Vladimir V. Tsukruk : "Surface force spectroscopy of polymeric and biological materials under extreme conditions: touching spider legs and fish skin" (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Prof. Jan M. Dutkiewicz : "HRTEM and TEM studies of amorphous structures in ZrNiTiCu base alloys obtained by rapid solidification or ball milling" (IMIM, Polish Academy of Science, POLAND)
  • Doc. Krzysztof Sztwiertnia : "Application of orientation mapping in TEM and SEM for the study of inhomogeneous microstructural evolution during annealing of aluminum alloy with bimodal particle distribution" (IMIM, Polish Academy of Science, POLAND)

Symposium Scope

Symposium Chairman:


Dr. Magdalena Parlinska-Wojtan, Empa Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland


Dr. Ireneusz Piwonski, University of Lodz, Poland


Dr. Nigel M. Jennett, National Physical Laboratory Teddington, UK


The Proceedings of the Symposium J will be published in "Micron" (International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy) Elsevier.

The manuscript should be submitted on-line directly to "Micron" (International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy) Elsevier via their web-page: http://ees.elsevier.com/jmic/ before 31.October.2007.

Important: Participants are encouraged to submit their articles until 31 October.

The guide for authors can be viewed through the link: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/475/authorinstructions

The length of papers in the Proceedings is 6 printed pages for keynote papers and 4 printed pages for regular contributed papers.


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Dr. Magdalena Parlinska-Wojtan

Laboratory for Nanscale Materials Science

Empa Materials Science and Technology

Ueberlandstrasse 129; CH-8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland

Phone +41-(0)44-823 4778

Fax +41-(0)44-823 4034

Email: magdalena.parlinska@empa.ch

Dr. Ireneusz Piwonski

University of Lodz

Department of Chemical Technology and Environmental Protection

Pomorska 163; 90-236 Lodz, Poland

Phone +48-(0)42-635 58 33

Fax. +48-(0)42-678 70 87 or +48-(0)42-635 58 32

Email: irek@uni.lodz.pl

Dr. Nigel M. Jennett

National Physical Laboratory, Materials Performance

Hampton Road, Teddington, Middlesex, UK.

Phone: +44-(0)20-8943 6641

Fax: +44-(0)20-8614 0451

Email: nigel.jennett@npl.co.uk