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12:30 - 13:20

Registration at the "Aula van de Tweede Hoofdwet" - Coffee

13:20 - 13:30


Prof. Martine Wevers (chair of Dept. Materials Engineering, KU Leuven)

13:30 - 14:30

A deep look into materials: high energy X-rays in metallurgy

Prof. Harald Reichert (European Synchrotron Research Facility - ESRF, France)

14:30 - 15:30

Three and four dimensional imaging of materials

Prof. Dorte J. Jensen (Department of Wind Energy, Technical University of Denmark)

15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 17:00

From nano to PICO: the next generation of abberation corrected TEMs

Prof. Joachim Mayer (Central Facility for Electron Microscopy, RWTH Aachen University- Ernst Ruska-Centre, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany)

17:00 - 18:00

From grains to atoms : ping-pong between experiment and simulation for understanding microstructure mechanisms

Prof. Dierk Raabe (Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Germany) 

18:00 - 19:30


You are kindly invited to the Res Metallica symposium “Looking deep into materials” on Wednesday May 11, 2016 at 13:20 in the "Aula van de Tweede Hoofdwet", Kasteelpark Arenberg 41, 3001 Heverlee. The symposium is organized by the Department of Materials Engineering, KU Leuven and sponsored by ArcelorMittal Gent/OCAS and Umicore.

Understanding the internal structure of materials on the various length scales is a key step in the development of new materials and applications. Thanks to the development of dedicated equipment and innovative techniques, we are now able to observe a materials structure in 3 dimensions, down to the molecular or atomistic scale, and follow its evolution in time. This symposium aims to give a general impression of the recent developments and upcoming possibilities of microscopy and diffraction techniques in materials science.

In the first talk, A deep look into materials: high energy X-rays in metallurgy, Prof. Harald Reichert will discuss the astonishing advancements of the last 2 decades made in the use of high energy X-ray beams to observe materials structures from the device down to the atomistic scale. A number of applications investigated at the European Synchrotron Research Facility (ESRF) will be given.

Then, Prof. Dorte J. Jensen from DTU Wind Energy will continue with a talk entitled Three and four dimensional imaging of materials, where she will present an overview of the current possibilities and limitations of various x-ray techniques for non-destructive 3-D characterization of a materials structure and its evolution. The advancements in these techniques of the last decade, have brought us to a stage where insights are obtained that challenge the existing material theories and models.

After a short break, Prof. Joachim Mayer, will present the background of the revolutionary PICO TEM instrument, recently installed at the Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons (ER-C) and showcase some initial results in his talk From nano to PICO: the next generation of abberation corrected TEMs.

In the last talk, From grains to atoms : ping-pong between experiment and simulation for understanding microstructure mechanisms, Prof. Dierk Raabe of Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung will present very recent work in which computer simulation is combined with state-of-the-art microscopic techniques to obtain an integrated understanding of microstructure and mechanical properties down to the sub-micron resolution.