Engineering of crystalline materials properties: state-of-the-art in modelling, design, applications
Erice, Italy, June 2007
Up to now, the rationale behind the design of new materials has been based on empirical observations. Sometimes these empirical rules fail and, as a result, progress in the production of new materials is hampered and depends upon serendipity as well as science. There is a growing consensus that a better understanding of structure-property relationships is needed. This is even more evident for materials simultaneously exhibiting several properties of technological interest. This NATO-ASI reviewed the current state-of-the-art for most materials of technological interest thus providing participants a complete review of materials design not only in his/her field of interest but of closely connected areas as well.
The scientific program was organized with one or more 1 hour talks on one type of material interspersed with talks on other types of materials. The 43 lectures were complemented by six short presentations. Two poster sessions, 32 posters each, were preceded by short summary presentations and followed by a three hour discussion period. A panel discussion was organized about open problems in materials design and future trends, including defense and security.