Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research and Development VIII

An ECI Conference Series

October 2-7, 2022
Le Méridien Lav Split
Split, Croatia

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About This Conference

This conference will bring together people working in the field of nano- and micromechanical testing in materials research. The mechanical behavior of materials is typically controlled by processes that span several length and time scales. There has been a rapid expansion of available testing strategies in recent years to examine elastic, plastic, fracture and fatigue properties at multiple length scales, with control of loading mode, temperature and atmosphere, including imaging during deformation and using a multitude of available signals. This conference brings together the research community working in the field of experimental mechanics with a focus on nano- and micro-mechanical testing and a special emphasis on bridging observations across multiple length scales, coupling them with modelling and using new methods from data science. In particular, this includes:

  1. Observing phenomena at different length scales, from processes occurring at the atomic scale (i.e., dislocation nucleation and propagation in single crystals or at individual interfaces) to the mesoscale (from oligocrystals to polycrystals); in this sense, contributions bridging observations across multiple length scales are especially welcome;
  2. The use of in-situ deformation studies in SEM, TEM, AFM, optical microscopy, X-Ray, neutron and electron characterization (both imaging and diffraction);
  3. The use of different spectroscopy techniques (photon, phonon, electron, ion, or combinations), i.e., correlated microscopy, to understand deformation processes in advanced structural materials;
  4. The implementation of nano- and micromechanical tests, including testing under service conditions (in operando);
  5. The post processing of the data, including full field measurements by image and volume correlation, as well as time-resolved experiments to unravel dynamic processes far from equilibrium;
  6. Integration with modeling for mechanistic discovery, experimental interpretation, parameter calibration, or model validation.
  7. Application of artificial intelligence, data-driven methods and materials informatics in materials science in the context of materials’ deformation at the nano- and microscale.

Applications of these nano- and micromechanical testing methods have become more and more important in all fields of materials research including metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, coatings, composites, and biomaterials and will improve our understanding of the complex mechanical behavior of advanced materials. Besides hardness, time dependent properties, phase transformations, fracture phenomena and toughness can be quantitatively evaluated with the new test methods. For many applications, the temperature and rate dependence and other environmental parameters, such as exposure to aggressive atmosphere or radiation, are of great interest. These nano- and micromechanical testing techniques will help in the development of design concepts for materials based on their local mechanical properties and underlying deformation mechanisms. 

This conference will bring together people working in the field of nano- and micromechanical testing in materials research. It will provide a forum for discussion of the latest activities in application of nano- and micromechanical testing methods.

Keynote Lectures

Professor Sohini Kar-Narayan – Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, UK

Professor Patrick Cordier – Unité Matériaux et Transformations, Université de Lille, France

Pre-Conference Tutorial

  • Studying rate and temperature dependence in nanomechanics – Verena Maier-Kiener, Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria
  • Processing and analysing micrographs with artificial intelligence – Setareh Medghalchi, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Analyzing dislocations in the TEM – Stefanie Sandlöbes-Haut, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Conference Sessions

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Conference Organization

Conference Chair

Sandra Korte-Kerzel, RWTH Aachen University

Steering Committee

Gerhard Dehm, Planck Institute for Iron Research, Germany
Karsten Durst, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
Mathias Göken, University Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany
Marc Legros, CEMES-CNRS, France
Carl McHargue, University of Tennessee, USA
Johann Michler, EMPA, Switzerland
Jon Molina-Aldareguia, IMDEA Materials Institute, Spain
George M. Pharr, Texas A&M University, USA

Call for Abstracts

One-page abstract/s that include specific results and conclusions to allow a scientific assessment of a proposed oral presentation or poster are invited.

Oral abstract deadline: April 15, 2022

Poster abstract deadline:  May 1, 2022

Abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template: docx or doc. 

ECI will sponsor poster competition for students.

Previous Conferences in This Series

Instrumented Indentation Testing in Materials Research & Development
October 9 – 15, 2005 – Crete, Greece
Conference Chairs:
George M. Pharr, University of Tennessee, USA
Carl McHargue, University of Tennessee, USA

Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research & Development II
October 11 – 16, 2009 – Barga, Italy
Conference Chair:
Mathias Göken, University Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany

Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research & Development III
October 9 – 14, 2011 – Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
Conference Chair: Gerhard Dehm, University of Leoben, Austria

Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research & Development IV
October 6 – 11, 2013 – Albufeira, Portugal
Conference Chair: Johann Michler, EMPA, Switzerland

Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research & Development V
October 4-9, 2015 – Albufeira, Portugal
Conference Chair: Marc Legros, CEMES-CNRS, France

Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research & Development VI
October 1-6, 2017 – Dubrovnik, Croatia
Conference Chair: Karsten Durst, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research & Development VII
September 29-October 4, 2019 – Torremolinos/Malaga, Spain
Conference Chair: Jon Molina-Adlareguia, IMDEA Materials Institute, Spain

Venue Information

Split is Croatia’s second largest city, lying on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea.  It was founded as a Greek colony in the 2nd or 3rd century BC and then became the capital of the ancient Roman province of Dalmatia.  It later became a Byzantine city and during the middle ages Split enjoyed autonomy as a free city.  Later it was caught in the struggle between Venice and Croatia and for a period of time was a Venetian city, a heavily fortified outpost surrounded by Ottoman territory.  After being occupied in 1813, it became part of the Austrian Empire until the fall of Austria-Hungary in 1918 and the formation of Yugoslavia.  In World War II, the city was annexed to Italy, then liberated by Partisans and then re-occupied by Germany, liberated again by Partisans in 1944 and was included in the post-war Yugoslavia.  In 1991, Croatia seceded from Yugoslavia in the Croatian War of Independence.  In the years following 2000, Split again began development with a focus on tourism.  Approximately 350,000 people reside in the Split metropolitan area.

Split has a borderline humid subtropical and Mediterranean climate.  During our conference period, we can expect highs of 23C and lows of 16C.  The average amount of rain in October is about 75 mm. 

The historic center of Split is included as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Among the things to do in Split:

Diocletian’s Palace – This palace dominates the city’s historic core – a wonderfully preserved 4th century complex building.  Because of its size, it is more a citadel than a palace.  The original Roman streets sill have their original paving stones.

St. Duje’s Cathedral – The Cathedral of Saint Domniu is the seat of the Archdiocese of Split-Makarska.

Peristil Square – the original Roman court.  Still standing are to 3,500-year old Egyptian sphinxes brought to the city by Diocletian.

Marjan – A hill on the pensinsula of Split, it is covered in a dense Mediterranean pine forest and completely surrounded by the city and the sea, making it a unique site.

Campanile de la cathédrale de Split en Croatie

Campanile – Split’s iconic bell tower, next to the cathedral.  View of the cityscape and the Adriatic are worthwhile.

Statue of Grgur Ninski – Sculptor Ivan Mestrovic created this scultpture of the 10th century bishop who conducted religious ceremonies in the Croatian language (defying the pope) and helped spread Christianity in Croatia.  People rub Ninski’s big toe for good luck. 

Split is home to numerous museums and galleries:

  • Archeological Museum
  • Museum of Croatian Archeological Monuments
  • Split City Museum
  • Ethnographical Museum
  • Croatian Maritime Museum
  • Split Science Museum
  • Gallery of Fine Arts
  • Ivan Mestrovic Gallery

There should be no difficulty in Split finding a field for the Nanomechanical Testing football matches traditionally organized by Marc Legros as Split residents consider their city as “the sportiest city in the world.”  The largest football stadium has a capacity of 35,000, far larger than the typical number of fans watching the Nanomechanical match.

Le Meridien Lav, Split

The hotel is located 25 km from the SPU International Airport of Split, and about 8 km south of Split in Podstrana on the Dalmatian Coast.  It enjoys a beautiful setting, boasting an 800 m stretch of beach with fantastic sea views across to the city and its surrounding islands.  Each guestroom has a floor-to-ceiling window that opens to a large balcony, a 32” flat screen TV, Wi-Fi and high-speed internet access, individually controlled air conditioning, a hair dryer and an in-room safe.  In addition to excellent meeting facilities, the hotel also has a spa, fitness center, outdoor terraces, four tennis courts, heated indoor and outdoor pools plus numerous restaurants and bars.


The Split Airport website gives an overview of the flights, transportation and services.

More information will be posted when registration opens; however, the hotel does not provide shuttle service but can make arrangements for transportation with its partners or conference participants can take a taxi directly from the airport.  Currently the estimate taxi fare is 40 EUR (one way).


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