Processing of Functional Materials
THERMEC 2003, July 14-18, 2003, Madrid, Spain.

The last decade has seen major advances in the research of functional materials. A large number of compounds are known which exhibit properties of extraordinary technological significance, e.g. pyro- and piezo electricity, magneto and pressure resistivity, superconductivity, diamagnetism. These compounds have in common the complexity of their multi component chemistry which requires challenging materials processing requirements for practical applications. Thus, a practical need exists for understanding the fundamental relations between properties and processing.

This symposium will investigate the relationship which exists between features at atomic level such as macroscopic properties, crystal chemistry as well as crystal structure and processing materials and devices. Regarding thin films, the interplay between rate controlled growth and in situ monitoring provides additional opportunities for atomic level structure control.

It is expected that this multidisciplinary symposium will provide an interactive forum for stimulating discussion and information exchange.

Papers are solicited to emphasize the following, but are not limited to:

· Processing
Single crystal growth
· Effects of processing parameters on properties, crystal chemistry, and crystal structure
· Phase equilibria, thermodynamics, and kinetics of phase formation
· New processing methods
· New materials


Dr. Peter Majewski
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Metallforschung
Heisenbergstr. 5, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Phone: +49-711-689-3127
Fax: +49-711-689-3138