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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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, The University of Tokyo

Conference Program

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Poster Award Winners

-Graduate Student Poster Award Winners-

Ricardo Serrazina, University of Aviro, Portugal
Exploitation of industrial application of FLASH to sinter ceramics

João Vitor Campos, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Influence of 3YSZ sample height at the onset temperature of flash sintering

Viviana Avila, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Powders of four elemental oxides transformed and sintered by reactive flash

Mattia Biesuz, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
Flash joining of graphite with polymer derived ceramic interlayer

Bola Yoon, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Insights into reactive flash sintering of MgO-Al2O3-(8YSZ) by in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction

Rachel Marder, Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
The influence of carbon on the microstructure of sintered alumina

Flora Molinari, ICMCB-CNRS, Université de Bordeaux, France
Densification of classic and fragile ferroelectrics by Cool-SPS


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