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Nanomaterials and advanced characterization


New developments in the modeling and analysis of radiation damage in materials II

Nowadays, it is common to find technological environments subject to irradiation with energetic particles, such as for instance materials in spintronics, semiconductors, space applications or nuclear reactors. This particle/matter interaction strongly affects the properties of the materials. This symposium will provide a forum to discuss the latest development in the characterization and modeling of particle/solid interactions.


The use of particle (ions, photons, neutrons, protons...) beams over a broad range of energies is a powerful tool to synthesize, test, and modify the properties of advanced materials. On the other hand, there also exist technological applications subject to undesired energetic particle fluxes that strongly degrade their performances. Research and applications of energetic particle beams encompass, among others, advanced electro-optical devices, nanostructures, strain engineering, nuclear materials, and space exploration. In most cases, particle beam modification of materials relies on the energy transfer from the energetic particles to atomic nuclei and/or electrons of the target. Usually, the deposited energy leads to defect generation and damage accumulation. These phenomena are sometimes desired, e.g., to simulate radiation environments such as those encountered in space and nuclear reactors; but they may also be a drawback, for instance in ion doping processes, or in the synthesis of nanostructures. In any case, understanding the mechanisms of damage formation and accumulation in materials as a result of energy deposition under irradiation is a crucial task to tackle.

This symposium is the follow-up of the 2018 edition which took place during the E-MRS Spring meeting and gathered ~ 60 scientists (speakers + posters) from more than 10 countries around the world. The aim of this symposium is therefore to provide a forum for researchers to present and discuss the developments and improvements of experimental characterization techniques, computational tools, theoretical models and codes for data fitting in the field of radiation damage. Special focus will be given to techniques, protocols, and methodologies allowing damage quantification. The coupling of experimental and computational characterizations will also receive particular attention. Finally, recent progress in in situ measurements, small-scale testing as well as improvements of conventional techniques to investigate radiation damage will also be addressed. To finish, this symposium is cross-disciplinary on a wide range of materials including metals, semiconductors, and iono-covalent materials with different dimensionality (e.g. 0D quantum dots, 1D nanowires or tubes, 2D thin film materials and 3D bulk materials) and on a broad range of irradiation conditions, experimental techniques and computational simulations.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

The topics covered by the symposium include, but are not restricted to, the following hot topics:

  • Time resolved measurements of phase transformations, micro-structural changes, and surface effects
  • High (time/space) resolution characterization of defects and disorder
  • Computer simulation and modeling of damage formation and evolution
  • Combination of computing and experimental approaches
  • Quantification of radiation disorder

Tentative list of invited speakers:

  • Aurélien Debelle [M] (CSNSM, Université Paris-Sud, France)
    "Combining experimental techniques and numerical simulations for a better irradiation-induced disorder description"
  • Katharina Lorenz [F] (Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
    “Radiation effects in wide bandgap semiconductors”
  • Andrés Redondo Cubero [M] (Department of Applied Physics, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain)
    “Nanostructuring surfaces by medium energy ion beam irradiation”
  • Alexander Stukowski [M] (Darmstadt University, Germany)
    “Computational method to analyze defects”
  • Alain Chartier [M] (CEA Saclay, France)
    “Study of radiation damage using Molecular Dynamics”
  • Marie-France Barthe [F] (CEMHTI - CNRS, France)
    “Characterization of radiation damage by means of Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy”
  • Blas Uberuaga [M] (Materials Science and Technology Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
    “Kinetic effects of defects”
  • Daniel Mason [M] (Culham Centre Fusion Energy, UK)
    “Multiscale modelling of defect evolution in irradiated materials”
  • Bärbel Rethfeld [F] (Technische Universitat Kaiserslautern, Germany)
    “Dynamical processes during the irradiation of materials with ultra-fast lasers”
  • Clara Grygiel [F] (CIMAP CAEN, France)
    “Swift heavy ion irradiation”
  • Kevin Field [M] (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
    “Investigation of defects in irradiated materials using TEM”
  • Chiara Maurizio [F] (University of Padova, Italy)
    “X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy”
  • Anton Barty [M] (Center for Free Electron Laser Science, DESY, Hamburg, Germany)
    “Femto-second characterization of cascades in solids”

Tentative list of scientific committee members:

  • Eduardo Alves, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Charlotte Becquart, University of Lille, Lille, France
  • Maria José Caturla, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain
  • Flyura Djurabekova, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  • Thomas Jourdan, CEA-Saclay, Saclay, France
  • Giovanni Mattei, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
  • Lionel Thomé, CNRS/IN2P3, Orsay, France
  • Christina Trautmann, GSI Helmholtzzentrum, Darmstadt, Germany
  • William J. Weber, University of Knoxville, Knoxville (TN), USA
  • Yanwen Zhang, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA


Selected papers will be published in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B (NIMB), Elsevier.

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Symposium organizers
Alexandre BOULLENational Center for Scientific Research

Ceramics Research Institute - 12, rue Atlantis, 87068 Limoges, France

+33 5 87 50 23 82
Christophe ORTIZ (Main)CIEMAT

Laboratorio Nacional de Fusión por Confinamiento Magnético - Avenida Complutense, 40, 28040, Madrid, Spain

+34 914 96 25 82
Emmanuelle MARQUISUniversity of Michigan

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 2300 Hayward St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA

+1 734 764 8717
Tiziana CESCAUniversità di Padova

Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "G. Galilei" - Via Marzolo, 8, I-35131 Padova, Italy

39 0498277044