Electric Field Enhanced Processing of Advanced Materials II: Complexities and Opportunities

An ECI Conference Series

March 10-15, 2019
Hotel Dos Templarios
Tomar, Portugal

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Call for Abstracts!  Deadlines:  Oral-  Jan. 20, 2019  Poster-  Jan. 20, 2019

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Preliminary Program (attached below)

(i) The program outlines the topics and the oral AND poster contributions.

(ii) The oral and poster presentations would need to be split in order to allow time for discussion, while achieving a balance in representation of Institutions and Research Topics.

(iii) Contributions are still coming in, so please expect changes in the final program

(iv) The Final Program will emphasize space and time to discuss and seed collaborations.

Topics for Tomar 2019

-SPS, Microwave and Flash: sintering, synthesis and production of      customary materials and those difficult to make conventionally

-Ceramics, metals and composites

-Microstructure, grain growth, environmental effects, oxidation and reduction reactions, near electrode phenomena

-Properties: mechanical and functional

-In-Situ Methods: X-ray, electroluminescence, mechanical, and impedance spectroscopy

-Joule Heating

-Defects, phonons, electrons and photons

-Manufacturing: integrating science, hardware and software

Preliminary Program for Oral and Poster Presentations at Tomar 2019

About This Conference

Field assisted processing of materials began with microwave sintering, then progressed to spark-plasma-sintering (SPS), and more recently to flash-sintering, and superplastic softening of ceramics under electric field. Hybrid methods such as flash-SPS have come to the fore.

The scope of field assisted processing is expanding rapidly into the creation of materials that are “far from equilibrium”. The materials processed in this way are manifesting properties that lie beyond those obtained from conventional methods. Examples are new phases of spinel and increased ionic conductivity of electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells.

A third important development is the deployment of in-situ characterization of the events in live experiments at high energy X-ray synchrotrons at Argonne and Brookhaven National Laboratory. These results are unraveling the atomistic events that are providing scientific insights into the unusual effects of electric fields on defect generation, diffusion kinetics, and phase transformations at the time scale of about one second. Other in-situ methods such as the measurements of mixed ionic and electrical conductivities, and optical characterization are rapidly transforming this field from one that was mainly focused on techniques to one that is creating a new field of science in sintering and defect physics.  Ab-initio and Molecular Dynamics simulations are providing substance to the concepts and measurements for fundamental research in this field.

The thrust and the scope of this meeting is to bring together both experienced and budding scientists to present and discuss their latest results, to “see the future” and develop collaborations. The collaborations are critical since the field is highly interdisciplinary spanning materials science, ceramic science, physics, electrochemistry, and computer science. The meeting comes at a time of rising interest and curiosity in the novel effects of electrical fields on processing and properties of advanced materials.

Technical Session Topics

Technical Sessions

  • SPS, Microwave and Flash: sintering, synthesis and production of customary materials and those difficult to make conventionally
  • Ceramics, metals and composites
  • Properties: mechanical and functional
  • In-Situ Methods: X-ray, electroluminescence, mechanical, and impedance spectroscopy
  • Joule Heating
  • Defects, phonons, electrons and photons
  • Manufacturing: integrating science, hardware and software

Conference Organization


Rishi Raj, University of Colorado
Olivier Guillon, Forschungzentrum Jülich
Hidehiro Yoshida, National Institute for Materials Science

Organizing Committee:

Koji Morita, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan
B. Reeja Jayan, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Martha Mecartney, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Univ. of California Irvine, USA
David Pearmain, Lucideon, UK
Haiyan Wang, Purdue University, USA
Anthony R. West, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sheffield University, UK
Dietrich Wolf, Department of Physics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Abstract Submission

Session titles are available in the Technical Session Topics above.  Please use these titles to pre-select up to two sessions where you believe your work fits best.

Abstracts (one page maximum) that include specific results and conclusions to allow a scientific assessment of the proposed oral presentation are invited.  Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically using the template provided at: THIS LINK.

Oral abstract submission deadline:                January 20, 2019
Poster abstract submission deadline:            January 20, 2019

Abstracts of all presentations will be made available to conference participants prior to the start of the conference.

Note:  Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available and thus all submissions for oral sessions will be considered for both oral and poster presentation.

Awards will be presented for the overall best poster and for the top three student posters.

Conference Venue

Tomar, Portugal Situated in the geographic center of Portugal, Tomar (about 135 km northeast of Lisbon) was founded by the notorious Knights Templar in 1160. The Templars were part monks, part warriors and plotted crusades from Tomar for centuries. They established the beginnings of the Convento de Cristo, Tomar’s most famous landmark, on a hill overlooking the town. The Convento combines architectural styles from the 12th through 17th centuries.  An ornate octagonal canopy protects the high altar of the Templo dos Templares, modeled after the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and the grounds of the convent contain eight cloisters embracing a variety of styles.

The Templars earned a reputation as ferocious fighters, and won the admiration and trust of both rich and poor. They served as protectors and transporters of Christian kings, power brokers and pilgrims and grew famous as bankers. The Templars acquired great wealth, but made many enemies in the process. Pope Clement V accepted accusations of heresy, blasphemy and sacrilege leveled against the Templars by Philip the Fair, king of France, and many Templars were imprisoned or executed. King Dinis of Portugal allowed them to regroup their forces under the new aegis of the Order of Christ. Prince Henry the Navigator became Administrator after the Templars became the Order of Christ and he used much of their wealth to finance his explorations.

Tomar is divided by the River Nabão, the banks of which are dotted with weirs and wheels once used to water vegetable gardens and orchards. The irrigation techniques illustrate the Muslim tradition of hydraulic engineering. Most sights, accommodations and shops lie on the west bank of the river and the lush Parque Mouchão straddles the two banks. The ancient yet functional Ponte Velha (Old Bridge) connects the two. Tomar’s main shopping thoroughfare is rua Serpa Pinto, known locally as Corre Doura. Outlets for folklore, pottery, copperware and wrought iron highlight it. Tascas and bars are scattered throughout the city, with some offering live music.

Hotel dos Templários  Situated near the heart of Tomar’s Old Town, the Hotel dos Templários is the largest hotel in the district. Many rooms offer views of the Convent of Christ and the public areas, including lounges and terraces-view dining rooms, are spacious. The hotel offers room service, laundry, a barbershop, a beauty parlor, a billiards room and baby-sitting. There are wide sun terraces, indoor and outdoor pools, a tennis court and a greenhouse. The hotel also has large gardens. Rooms have air conditioning, private bathrooms, televisions and minibars. Free parking is available.

For more information on the area, please visit these web sites:

Convent of Christ                           Sacred Destinations of Tomar

Festival of the Trays                                         Fifteen Best in Tomar

Tomar Tourism Guide                                    Tomar Essential Guide


Transportation to Tomar: Tomar is situated 140 km northeast of Lisbon.

Train: The railway that connects Lisbon (Gare do Oriente train station) and Tomar is a regional service with Tomar as the final stop on the line.  The railway is operated by CP (Comboios de Portugal), the national train company.    As the service is a regional line, there are multiple stops along the route and the total journey takes just over two hours.  On the weekend, trains depart about every two hours from Lisbon to Tomar at the Oriente train station (Lisboa Oriente).  On weekdays, trains run about once an hour.  The train station is about 3 km from the airport. The latest timetable can be downloaded from the CP website.

Traveling by train in Portugal is inexpensive and a single ticket from Lisbon to Tomar costs about € 10, The tickets are purchased from the ticket office on the day of travel and cannot be pre-booked.

To get to Gare do Oriente from the Lisbon International Airport, you can go by Metro or Taxi:

Metro – Metro trains (red line) run every few minutes from 6 am to 1 am.  A one-way ticket is about € 2.                            Metro Website

TaxiTaxicabs depart from the front of the airport and the trip takes about 10 minutes. You can purchase a “Taxi Voucher” ticket for the Oriente train station (23 EUR) inside the airport at the Tourism Information Centre. This option sets an exact price for the trip, but if there is no traffic, then use a regular taxi which would cost between 15-20 EUR.  Note: There are usually taxis available at the Departure area of the airport and sometimes the price is cheaper than at the Arrivals area.

If you have any questions about these means of travel, you can ask at the “Tourism Information” center at the airport. 

The Tomar train station is located to the southwestern side of town but it is less than a 10 minute walk to the historic center.  Upon arrival at the Tomar train station, taxis are available for the one or two kilometer trip to the Hotel Dos Templarios.

Bus:  There are four daily express services from Lisbon to Tomar and the journey takes 1 hour 45 minutes.  The single ticket costs € 10.  The coach service is operated by Rede Expressos and the latest timetable can be viewed on their website.

The Lisbon to Tomar bus service departs from the Sete Rios bus station in Lisbon and this bus station is served by the Jardim Zoologico metro station on the blue line.  The bus station in Tomar is opposite the train station.

Auto: If you plan to drive to Tomar, there is free parking at the hotel.  Once in Tomar, follow the hotel signs.  (Our hotel is the major one in the town.)  If you are from the US and have not yet rented a car, try AutoEurope  which will allow you to comparison shop.

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights), all meals, guided tour to Tomar Castle and Convent of the Knights Templar, taxes, and gratuities from the reception and dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Friday. Incidental fees (telephone calls, faxes, spa, laundry, etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.


The conference fees are:

Register on or before February 8, 2019 Register after February 8, 2019
Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional) US $1,740.00 US $1,940.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,585.00 US $1,785.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to Kathy@engconfintl.org) US $1,170.00 US $1,370.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Includes all conference included meals as well as the conference excursion) US $565.00 US $565.00

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI (info@engconfintl.org) for pricing.

Conference Registration

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If you are not sure whether you already have a login and password, please click on automated password retrieval and enter your e-mail address before creating a new account. If we don’t have a valid email address on file for you, a pop up window will appear stating that no records were found. Click “OK” and then follow the instructions to create a new account.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email tressa@engconfintl.org.

Pre-and Post-Conference Reservations

If you are planning to arrive early (before March 10) or to stay after the conference (after March 15), you MUST make hotel reservations directly with the hotel.  Use the appropriate form on THIS PAGE to make your reservations.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email kathy@engconfintl.org.

Special Notes for Payment

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis and late registrants may be housed in a nearby hotel.

All participants are encouraged to register before February 8, 2019.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date.  Hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.  Should you need a signed receipt, please contact Kathy Chan (kathy@engconfintl.org).

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. The participant must pay any additional costs for special meal requests to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment must be made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

Wire Transfer Payment: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to kathy@engconfintl.org.  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations may be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund if ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.

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Disclaimer 2

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

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