Electric Field Assisted Sintering and Related Phenomena Far From Equilibrium

An ECI Conference

March 6-11, 2016
Hotel dos Templários
Tomar, Portugal


About This Conference

Electrical fields and currents can induce unusual effects:

(i) Spark-plasma-sintering is used to create unusual microstructures;flash-sintering is leading to a new paradigm for ceramics manufacturing, and superplastic flow in oxides has been shown to be remarkably enhanced by electrical fields.

(ii) Electrochemical currents can produce large strains and stresses in Li+ batteries that undermine their performance.

(iii) Unexpected phase transformations and electroluminescence has been seen in an activated state in ceramics that is sustained under electrical fields at high temperatures.

(iv) Atomic level forces when coupled with an electric field have been seen to induce structural changes on surfaces.

The objective of this week–long, discussion oriented conference is to pull together scientists interested in these phenomena to assess the state-of-the-art and chart the future. Diversity of opinions and concepts are welcome.


The scope of the meeting extends to the following topics:

• Flash Sintering
• Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS)
• Microwave Sintering
•Superplastic Deformation
• Electro-Chemo-Mechanics: Couplings between Stress and Solid State Electrochemistry
• Defects and Diffusion
• Grain Growth
• Phase Transformations
• Non-linear Effects: Electrical Conductivity and Electroluminescence

Conference Organization

Conference Chairs:

Chair:  Rishi Raj (University of Colorado at Boulder, USA), (rishi.raj@colorado.edu)

Co-chair:  Thomas Tsakalakos (Rutgers University, USA), (Thomas.tsakalakos@rutgers.edu)

Conference Program

Conference Posters

Poster Award Winners

First Prize

Fast one-step synthesis and sintering of materials promoted by electric fields
Lilian M. Jesus, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Second Prize

FAST sintering of alumina, spinel and yttria-stabilized zirconia three-phase composites
David Kok, Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science, University of California, Irvine, USA

Third Prize (tie)

Flash sintering of SrTiO3
Fabian Lemke, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Flash sintering of TCP bioceramics: Effect of particle size and influence on β→α  transition
Matteo Frasnelli, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento, Italy


General Information About ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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