Workshop on Electromagnetic Effects in Materials Synthesis

Organized by:
B. Reeja Jayan
Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
5, 6 June 2017

Sponsored by:
National Science Foundation (NSF CMMI)
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
Anton Paar Inc.
Thor Labs Inc.

This inaugural 2-day workshop on Far-From -Equilibrium Effects in Electromagnetic Field-assisted Synthesis and Processing Sciences will focus on examining the role of experimentation and theoretical modeling in developing a fundamental understanding of the role of electromagnetic fields in the rational design and molecular scale synthesis of materials. The continuing goal will be to establish a multidisciplinary community spanning electromagnetics, materials sciences, and thermal engineering by organizing regular meetings, initiating collaborations, and seeding new ideas that will lead to creative, novel answers to the longstanding questions in the field. A specific focus will be placed on discussing new developments in theoretical, experimental methods and characterization techniques that can be applied to answering the following questions:

  1. How to precisely engineer materials synthesis processes using electromagnetic fields?
  2. How can we engage diverse scientific disciplines and communities to identify and prove the existence of far-from-equilibrium effects under electromagnetic fields?

The inclusion of laser and microwave-assisted methods is a unique aspect of this workshop. In fact, the far-from-equilibrium effects of both these systems and their applications to materials processing form a unifying theme for the workshop.

The program will be organized into two thrusts:

  1. Nanomaterials synthesis and processing This session will address efforts to build a comprehensive framework for understanding how electromagnetic fields, in particular their low energy, non-thermal effects, can synthesize materials, particularly nanomaterials with unique structures and properties. Such far-from-equilibrium effects can potentially unlock regions of the free energy/phase space diagram of a material system, hitherto unavailable to conventional synthesis routes. Session will highlight advances in ex and in situ experimental approaches and theoretical tools to understand structure/property relationships in such materials.
  2. Far-from-equilibrium effects: Myth or Mystery
    This cross-disciplinary session will combine thermal engineering, materials science, and electromagnetism, to systematically identify and study non-thermal effects in materials exposed to localized electromagnetic fields – such as but not limited to microwave radiation. Discussions will converge towards formulating a general theory for non-thermal effects that can be broadly expanded to EM fields at different frequencies; to access electronic/vibrational/rotational modes of molecules selectively, potentially offering multiscale control over assembling lattices, superlattices, and micro/nanostructures.

The workshop venue will be the Marquis Conference Room on 5th floor of the newly constructed Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall building at Carnegie Mellon.

Scott Hall is located on the east side of Carnegie Mellon’s Pittsburgh campus between Hamerschlag Hall and the FMS building, and adjacent to the east wall of Wean Hall. Scott Hall is accessible from entrances in Wean Hall, on Hamerschlag Plaza, and on Hamerschlag Drive. Please see this link for directions.

100 sq. ft. Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall

Marquis room that seats 100

There is a $95 registration fee for attending this workshop. To register, please visit the following page and click on the “Tickets” button.If you are an invited speaker at this workshop, your expenses up to $800 for domestic participants and $1800 for international participants will be reimbursed. Please save all receipts for expenses incurred. You must also purchase economy class tickets from a US airline in order to be reimbursed.

The Shadyside Inn All Suites hotel has set up a block of rooms for this event.
Please use the link:

Guests can go online with the link in hand and secure a one bedroom suite at the workshop rate. Alternatively, guests may also phone the hotel at: 412-441-4444 or email their reservations to: Whichever booking mode is used, guests must mention the CMU June “Electromagnetic Workshop” event in order to receive the preferred rate of $135/night.

Time  Session
Day 1
08:00 – 08:45 Breakfast
08:45 – 09:00 Welcome and Goals of Workshop
09:00 – 12:00 Tutorial #1: Non-thermal effects of electromagnetic fields (includes talks on lasers and microwave). Coffee break midway.
12:00 – 13:00 Boxed Lunches
13:00 – 15:45 Tutorial #2: Computational modeling of coupled electromagnetic and thermal phenomena. Coffee break at end
16:00 – 17:00 Breakout session #1 followed by a summary
17:00 – 19:00 Poster Presentation Session with dinner
Day 2
08:00 – 08:45 Breakfast
08:45 – 09:00 Announcements and Logistics
09:00 – 12:00 Tutorial #3: In-situ, in-operando characterization tools. Coffee break midway.
12:00 – 13:00 Boxed Lunches.
13:00 – 15:45 Tutorial #4: Advances in processing techniques (e.g., flash sintering, laser assisted flash sintering, spark plasma sintering). Coffee break midway.
16:00 – 17:00 Breakout session #2 followed by a summary
17:00 – 17:30 Closing Remarks and Future Directions

Each session will include invited tutorials and contributed posters as well as break-out sessions that delve deeper into the theoretical and experimental approaches.

This session is open to students (undergraduate, graduate), postdoctoral scholars and research associates as well as faculty members. We will provide domestic travel support ($200) for 10 selected students.

Abstracts of experimental and computational work are invited on the following topics:

  • Microwave and laser processing of nanomaterials
  • Far-from-equilibrium effects of electromagnetic fields – theory and applications
  • Partnerships between academia, industry, and government laboratories
  • Please email abstracts (single page, Max: 4000 characters) to breejaATcmuDOTedu
  1. Joseph Beaman, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
  2. Steven M. Yalisove, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
  3. Costas P. Grigoropoulos, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  4. Haiyan Wang, Purdue University, USA
  5. Edwin Garcia, Purdue University, USA
  6. C. Stephen Hellberg, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), USA
  7. Jian Luo, University of Californa, San Diego, USA
  8. Daryoosh Vasahee, North Carolina State University, USA
  9. Eugene Olevsky, San Diego State University, USA
  10. Dinesh Agrawal, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  11. Greg Rorrer, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  12. Marc deGraef, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  13. Jack Beuth, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  14. I-Wei Chen, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  15. Burt Tilley, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
  16. Volkmar Dierolf, Lehigh University, USA
  17. S. K. Sundaram, Alfred University, USA
  18. Nicholas Leadbeater, University of Connecticut, USA
  19. Himanshu Jain, Lehigh University, USA
  20. Kirill Rybakov, Institute of Applied Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences
  21. Thomas Tsakalakos, Rutgers University, USA
  22. Jasbinder Sanghera, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), USA
  23. Ali Yilmaz, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
  24. Antti Makinen, Office of Naval Research (ONR), USA
  25. Prof. Urichs Schubert, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
  26. Ali Sayir, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), USA
  27. Brad Hoff, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), USA
  28. Thomas F. Kuech, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA
  29. Daniel Shreiber, Army Research Laboratory (ARL), USA
  30. Matthew P. Ivill, Army Research Laboratory (ARL), USA
  31. Reynhardt Klopper, Anton Paar, USA
  32. Bharat Mhatre, Leybold, USA
  33. Gopal Rao, Materials Research Society (MRS), USA
B. Reeja Jayan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering, Chemical Engineering (courtesy)
Carnegie Mellon University
412 Scaife Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412)268-4343
Email: breejaATcmuDOTedu

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