10th International Workshop on Interfaces:

Design for Performance

Important announcement: the workshop has been postponed to April 2021 (the exact date will be chosen later) due to the uncertainty and the risks related to the current health crisis. We will keep the participants informed and will prioritise the abstracts submitted this year to be included into the postponed event. 



The 10th  International Workshop on Interfaces: Design for Performance aimed to create a network of researchers from interdisciplinary fields that contribute to the materials of the future.

Society is facing the pressing problem of addressing economic globalization and growth in a more sustainable manner. Materials and materials manufacturing are behind the development of the new technologies required to answer this challenge and maintain sustainable growth while improving competitiveness. The materials of the future must be lighter, stronger, and more durable. They should be able to combine structural and functional capabilities and their fabrication should consume less energy and generate less waste. Interfaces are present in all areas of materials science. For instance in the next generation of transistors, in which interfaces should be tailored to secure the excellent intrinsic properties of 2D materials such as graphene; in future structural materials where bio-inspired interfaces could bring to reality self-monitoring and self-healing composites; or in new medical devices able to integrate with the surrounding tissue. These interfaces will play a defining role in the development of future technologies but the only way to generate new interfacial science and engineering is to build bridges between different fields to define common themes and exchange experience.

Previous international workshops on interfaces were held in Spain every three years since 1990. They emphasized advances in interfacial characterization as well as the correlation between processing, properties and structure in all types of interfaces involving inorganic and organic compounds both synthetic and natural. The workshops had a multidisciplinary character and summarized progress in a wide range of fields form structural materials to healthcare, energy generation and storage or electronics to name few. The last two workshops (2015 and 2017) took place in the framework of the ITN project BioBone funded by the European Commission and concentrated on the field of materials for bone repair. Each meeting reviewed the state of the art, defined key outstanding problems, and promoted collaboration and exchanges that helped advance the field during the ensuing years.

The 10th International Workshop on Interfaces will hold talks and poster presentations on all aspects of interfaces in materials from manufacturing to performance. We seek a multidisciplinary cohort of experimentalists and theoreticians with a wide range of backgrounds in order to target the broadest set of applications, find common links and promote cross-disciplinary interactions. In-depth discussion and communication among participants is encouraged. The goal is to assess what is known and highlight future research opportunities and to benchmark the accelerating progress in the field of interface science. We anticipate that this Workshop will again serve to define key problems, promote new collaborations, and stimulate new research efforts among established researchers and a new generation of materials scientists.

Proceedings from previous workshops can be found at:

Scripta Metallurgica et Materialia, Volume 31, Issue 8, 1994. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/scripta-metallurgica-et-materialia/vol/31/issue/8)

Acta Materialia, Volume 46, Issue 7, 1998. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/acta-materialia/vol/46/issue/7)

Acta Materialia, Volume 48, Issue 18/19, 2000. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/acta-materialia/vol/48/issue/18

Journal of the European Ceramic Society, Volume 23, Issue 15, 2003. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/journal-of-the-european-ceramic-society/vol/23/issue/15)

Journal of Materials Science, Volume 41, Issue 16, 2006. (https://link.springer.com/journal/10853/41/16)

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