MCM 2019

14th Multinational Congress on Microscopy

September 15-20, 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia


Material Sciences

MS1 - Metals, alloys and intermetallics

Importance of metals, alloys and intermetallic in everyday life cannot be stressed enough and the research aimed at the discovery of new compounds as well tailoring of the existing ones is currently at the forefront of materials science. The only way of improving desiring properties, such as extreme strength accompanied with the low weight and endurance in the robust atmospheric conditions, superior electrical and thermal conductivity, self-healing properties and so on, is by full elucidation of the crystal structure of materials. And what better way of understanding the structure than through the use of electron microscopy? This session will address, but is not limited to, the following topics: phase transformations, high-entropy alloys, shape memory alloys, energy and gas storage alloys, advanced alloys for transportation industry, new alloying materials used in medicine, ultrafast cooled materials, new alloys for corrosive environment, materials for solar cells and LEDs, catalytic materials based on intermetallics, intermetallic matrix composites. Chairs:
Matjaž Godec, Institute of Metals and Technology, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Željko Skoko, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Invited speakers:
Dr. Marijana Jurić, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
"Single‐step preparation of mixed-metal oxides from the versatile oxalate precursors – characterization and properties"
Dr. Barbara Šetina Batič, Institute of Metals and Technology, Ljubljana, Slovenia
"Analysis of inclusions in steels: a correlatve approach"

MS2 - Nanoscale, nanostructured, and carbon based materials

With the advent of nanoscience and nanotechnology, various electron microscopy techniques became indispensable in structural and chemical characterization and local property measurements of materials for nanotechnology, such as nanoparticles, one-dimensional structures (nanowires, nanotubes, nanorods), layered structures and heterostructures. This symposium is focused on the application of electron microscopy techniques in determination of structure and chemical composition of materials for nanotechnology on nano and atomic scale.
Andreja Gajović, Division of Materials Physics, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
Sanja Milošević Govedarović, Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
Invited speakers:
Dr. Marin Petrović, Institute of Physics, Zagreb, Croatia
Prof. Dr. Snežana Lazić, Department of Physics of Materials, University Autónoma in Madrid, Spain

MS3 - Thin films, coatings, surfaces and interfaces

Thin films, coatings, and interfaces such as optical thin films and coatings, energy production related coatings, biomedical and biological thin films, thermal and environmental barrier coatings, electrical and magnetic coatings, component coatings for automotive, aerospace and manufacturing applications play important role in our daily life. Regardless of the application field, all thin films and coatings have in common that their properties depend on chemical and phase composition, crystalline structure, texture, microstructure, interface properties, and surface related properties. The goal of this session is to provide information on the relationship between the listed factors, and functional properties and processing of thin films, coatings, and interfaces. Contributions from all fields where thin films, coatings, and interfaces play vital role are welcome. Besides interfaces in thin film and coating systems, interfaces between different phases and grains are also covered by the session.
Aleksandar Miletić, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University if Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia
Regina Ciancio, IOM-CNR TASC, Trieste, Italy
Invited speakers:
Dr César Magén, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón (ICMA), Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Zaragoza-CSIC, Zaragoza, Spain
Dr Claus Rebholz, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
"Influence of film thickness on growth, microstructure and properties of magnetron sputtered ITO films"

MS4 - Ceramics, composites, cultural heritage materials, rocks and minerals

The session covers microscopy of wide range of materials including ceramics, composites, cultural heritage materials, rocks and minerals. Learning materials' phenomena from macroscopic down to the atomic scale to reconstruct reaction sequences and phase transformations in rocks, or man made historical and modern functional materials, utilizing microscopy and spectroscopy methods. Papers covering discovery of minerals and polytypes, phase transitions, exsolutions, topotaxial replacements and orientation relations studies, studies related to ceramic or composite textures, interfaces and grain growth phenomena, and finally, contributions investigating cultural heritage materials and preservation treatments are cordially invited. The session also invites discussion of sample preparation, as one of the crucial steps for microscopy observations.
Aleksander Rečnik, Department for Nanostructured Materials, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Snežana Vučetić, Faculty of Technology, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia
Invited speakers:
Prof. Kristina Šarić, Faculty of Mining and Geology, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
"The synergy of the polarized light microscopy and the scanning electron microscopy in mineralogical-petrological investigations of the cultural heritage objects"
Dr Gerlinde Habler, FIB-SEM Laboratory, Department of Lithospheric Research, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

MS5 - Polymers, biomaterials, and soft materials

The session invites contributions concerning current research on both fundamental and applied aspects of polymers, biomaterials and soft materials. It will address, but is not limited, to the topics of: molecules on surfaces (including films and supramolecular architectures); physical/chemical properties of polymeric films, surfaces and interfaces; polymeric matrix; polymeric/molecular nanostructured systems; colloidal systems (such as polymer self-assembled systems, micelles, beads and foams). Molecular systems should be investigated by state-of-the-art microscopy techniques (TEM, SEM, SPM, LM). Technological applications of such materials in organic electronic devices, organic sensors and active surfaces, for instance, are encouraged.
Cristiano Albonetti, CNR, Bologna, Italy
Suzana Šegota, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
Invited speakers:
Dr. Francesco Valle, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati (CNR-ISMN), Bologna, Italy
Dr. Jan Přibyl, CEITEC Institute, Massaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

MS6 -Semiconductors, devices, and magnetic materials

Even after several decades of theoretical and applied research, Semiconductors, Electronic devices and Magnetic materials are still an important field of study. This is due to both the variety of industrial application as well as the theoretical opportunities offered by such materials in understanding the structure of matter. Moreover, the continuous scaling down of the size of structures and devices requires updated instrumentation and skills able to investigate samples at the nanometric or atomic level. This session welcomes contributions on morphological, structural and analytical characterization of semiconductor and magnetic materials and devices. This includes (but it is not limited to) classic semiconductors, wide-gap materials, heterostructures, dielectrics and materials for interconnects, magnetic materials as well as their applications, as in devices for micro- and nano-electronics. All contribution should emphasize the role of microscopy in the characterization of the materials.
János Lábár, Center for Energy Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
Roberto Balboni, CNR, Bologna, Italy
Invited speakers:
Dr. Giovanni Bertoni, CNR-NANO, Modena, Italy

MS7 - Materials for energy harvesting, production, storage, and catalysis

Advanced energy related materials and catalytic ones encounter worldwide a growing demand. This session demonstrates that cutting edge microscopy methods are necessary to comprehend their properties and tailor the materials for sustainable future.
Peter Karnthaler, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Sandra Kurko, Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
Invited speakers:
Dr. Stefan Zaefferer, Microscopy and Diffraction, Max Planck Institute for Iron Research, Düsseldorf, Germany
Dr. Lidija Rafailovic, Centre for Electrochemical Surface Technology, Wr. Neustadt, Austria

MS8 - Emerging and miscellaneous topics in material sciences

The session covers different topic in materials science. The session includes new developments, new strategies and interdisciplinary topics. The talks will be focused on hierarchy materials, self-healing materials, biomaterials, self-reporting materials and other emerging and miscellaneous topics in material sciences.
Alena Michalcova, The Department of Metals and Corrosion Engineering, University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Servet Turan, Eskisehir Technical University, Eskisehir, Turkey
Invited speakers:
Dr. Christina Scheu, Max-Planck Institute for Iron Research, Duesseldorf, Germany