News in and before 2009

 

 

Nov. 24 , 2009. The 2nd International Conference on Ultrafine Grained and Nanostructured Materials (UFGNSM-09) was held on November 14 and 15, 2009, at the University of Tehran, Iran. The meeting was held under the auspices of the Center of Excellence for High Performance Materials in the School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering of the University of Tehran. The conference attracted more than 200 participants and there was a wide range of oral and poster presentations. In the accompanying group photograph, the Chairman of the conference, Prof. M.H. Sohi, is sitting in the sixth position from the right.

Sept. 28, 2009. The 2nd international symposium “Bulk nanostructured materials: from fundamentals to innovations. BNM-2009” was held in Ufa on September 22-26, 2009, through the organization of the Ufa State Aviation Technical University (USATU) and NanoMeT Ltd. 275 scientists took part in the symposium. They represented 26 countries: Russia, Germany, USA, Japan, China, Austria, Turkey, Brazil, Poland, Czech Republic, Iran, UK, Ukraine, India, Hungary, Slovakia, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Australia, Belgium, Norway, Canada, Taiwan, and Portugal. Russia was represented by 198 participants. The symposium demonstrates that research in the field of bulk nanomaterials (BNM), which started twenty years ago in Ufa, has now achieved wide international recognition and development.

The symposium was co-organized by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, the Academy of Sciences of the Bashkortostan Republic, the International Science and Technology Center (Moscow) and the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies RUSNANO. The international conference for young scientists with the elements of scientific school “Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies in Metallurgy and Materials Science” was co-organized by the Federal Agency for Science and Innovations.

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June 10, 2009. A Workshop on New Advances in SPD Processing and Properties of Ductile Nanostructured Materials was held at the University of Melbourne on June 1-4, 2009, under the Chairmanship of Profs Kenong Xia and Terry Langdon. This meeting was the first SPD activity in Australia and it brought together a small group of foreign scientists and representatives from five different Australian universities. A highlight of the meeting was a presentation at the Workshop Dinner of a special certificate and award to Dr. Rimma Lapovok of Monash University in recognition of her pioneering efforts in establishing and promoting SPD research in Australia. The photo shows Rimma accepting the award from Prof. Langdon: seated are Mady Langdon (left) and Prof. Zenji Horita (right).

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April 23, 2009. Prof. Nobuhiro TSUJI moved from Osaka University to Kyoto University on March 1st, 2009. He is currently a full professor for physical and mechanical metallurgy of structural metallic materials. My new contact address is:
Nobuhiro TSUJI
Professor
Dept. Materials Science & Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering
Kyoto University
Yoshida Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8501, Japan
TEL +81-75-753-5462
FAX +81-75-753-4978
nobuhiro.tsuji@ky5.ecs.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Web: http://www.tsujilab.mtl.kyoto-u.ac.jp/

April 7, 2009. Professor Terry Langdon was presented with the Lee Hsun Award by the Institute for Metal Research (IMR), Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shenyang, China. The photo shows Prof. Langdon (on right) with Professr Hui-ming Cheng of IMR. The award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of materials science and engineering. The award also included a lecture on the processing of ultrafine-grained metals through the application of severe plastic deformation. The Lee Hsun Award is named in honor of Professor Lee Hsun who was the Director of IMR from 1951 until 1983. Professor Lee is best known for his discovery of the hydrogen embrittlement of steels during his stay at the University of Sheffield in England in the 1940's.

For your information, you can see an old 1986 photo at the following website: http://ame-www.usc.edu/news/LeeHsun09/


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March 11, 2009: Professors Marc Meyers, and his colleagues, Dr. Mishra and Prof. Bensen, have recently received an award from the publishing company Elsevier for Most Cited Author in the period 2005-2008, for their paper titled "Mechanical Behavior of Nanocrystalline Materials" publshed in Progress in Materials Science, Volume 51, Issue 4, May 2006, Pages 427-556. This paper has received a total of 267 citations to date.

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Feb. 5, 2009. Bulk Nanostructured Materials, a book edited by Dr. Michael Zehetbauer and Yuntian Zhu, is now available nanobookfor order.
Description of the book: The processing and mechanical behaviour of bulk nanostructured materials are one of the most interesting new fields of research on advanced metallic systems. Many nanocrystalline materials possess near theoretical strength and exhibit high values for fracture toughness, resilience, and fatigue resistance. There continues to be interest in these nanomaterials for use in biomedical, structural, and mechanical applications, and there now are a high number of research programs worldwide, too. The book focusses on techniques and the outstanding properties of materials with ultrafine grained structure, and also considers the basic understanding behind. Only since recently such materials can be produced in massive shape which opens their use in commercial and industrial applications.

Feb. 4, 2009. Nanostructured Materials, a book edited by Dr. Gerhard Wilde, is now available for order.
This book focuses on functional aspects of nanostructured materials that have a high relevance to immediate applications, such as catalysis, energy harvesting, energy storage, optical properties and surface functionalization via self-assembly. Additionally, there are chapters devoted to massive nanostructured materials and composites and coverinanobookng basic properties and requirements of this new class of engineering materials. Especially the issues concerning stability, reliability and mechanical performance are mandatory aspects that need to be regarded carefully for any nanostructured engineering material.

 

January 24, 2009: "Progress in Materials Science" is a journal specializing in lengthy review articles on various aspects of materials science. The journal has an Impact Factor of 20.846 which is the highest of any journal publishing exclusively in the field of materials science. Professors Ruslan Valiev and Terence Langdon, two members of the International NanoSPD Steering Committee, have recently received an award from the publishing company Elsevier for Most Cited Author in the period 2005-2008. Their paper entitled "Principles of Equal-Channel Angular Pressing as a Processing Tool for Grain Refinement," published in Progress in Materials Science, volume 51, pages 991-981, September 2006, has received to date a total of 238 citations.

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December 19, 2008. Professor Terry Langdon has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The citation reads "for distinguished contrbutions to the field of materials science, especially in pioneering the processing and properties of ultrafine-grained and nanostructured materials." The AAAS was founded in 1848 and is the world's largest general scientific society.

November 28, 2008. The International Symposium on Giant Straining Process for Advanced Materials was held in Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan on Nov. 21-24, 2008. This symposium focused on the microstructural refinement by severe plastic deformation (SPD) processes and on the attainment of unique mechanical properties such as high strength and high ductility in SPD-processed materials. Special attention is paid for the roles of high-density lattice defects produced by SPD.

More photos can be downloaded from
http://zaiko6.zaiko.kyushu-u.ac.jp/GSAM2008/

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November 27, 2008. Professor Ruslan Valiev, the Chairman of the International NanoSPD Steering Committee, has been elected a member of the European Academy of Sciences. The academy was inaugurated in 1999 to promote science and technology in Europe and it was formally recognized by Royal Decree in 2003 by King Albert II of Belgium. Election to membership is based solely on scientific merit and the membership includes many Nobel laureates. Ruslan Valiev was elected for his pioneering work in developing and promoting the application of severe plastic deformation in the processing of nanostructured metals.

November 7, 2008. Professor Terry Langdon received the 2008 Blaise Pascal Medal in Material Science at the General Assembly of the European Academy of Sciences in the Palais des Academies in Brussels. The award was presented for his work in the area of severe plastic deformation and nanostructured materials. The photo shows Mady and Terry Langdon shortly after the award ceremony. They are standing in front of a portrait of Empress Maria Theresia of Austria, the founder of the Imperial and Royal Academy of Science and Literature in Brussels in 1772.
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Sept. 6 , 2008, 4th International Conference on Nanomaterials by Severe Plastic Deformation, 18-22 August 2008, Goslar, Germany . The most recent in the series of the NanoSPD conferences took place from 18-22 August 2008 in Goslar, Germany under the chairmanship of Professor Yuri Estrin of Monash University and CSIRO, Australia. (Co-chairman: Professor Hans-Jürgen Maier, University of Paderborn, Germany). The conference, with its 250 participants from 26 countries and 175 papers presented, has been a convincing demonstration of the attractiveness of the area of bulk ultrafine grained and nanostructured materials produced by severe plastic deformation to a large community of researchers and engineers. Significant progress in this field has been made since the last NanoSPD conference. This refers to all aspects of NanoSPD, including our understanding of the mechanisms underlying grain refinement by severe plastic deformation, characterisation of the properties of SPD-processed materials, improvement of processing techniques, and, finally, their applications. All these aspects are reflected in the structure of the Proceedings that have been published in Materials Science Forum. In a round table discussion on the last day of the conference, which was moderated by Professor Terry Langdon (University of Southern California and University of Southampton) and Professor Ruslan Valiev (Ufa State Aviation Technical University, Russia), recent achievements in the area of NanoSPD materials were discussed, and an outlook for nearing applications in industry were presented.

In a meeting held during the Conference, the NanoSPD International Steering Committee decided that the NanoSPD5 conference will be held in Nanjing, China in March 2011 under the Chairmanship of Professor Jing Tao Wang.

 

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The Chairman of NanoSPD4, Professor Yuri Estrin, opens the conference

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A group photo of the conference participants to the backdrop of the Imperial Palace in Goslar.

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The recipient of the NanoSPD Award, Professor Herbert Gleiter, with Professor Ruslan Valiev (Chairman of the NanoSPD Steering Committee) and Professor Hans Jürgen Maier (Co-Chairman of NanoSPD4)

 

More pictures in high resolution from NanoSPD4 can be found at http://www.nanospd4.org/main.php?modId=nanospd4pictures

Aug. 19 , 2008, a special issue of Material Science Forum on nanoSPD and nanostrutured/ultrafine grained materials processed by SPD has been published. This issue. volume 584-586, collects 175 papers presented at the NanoSPD4 held in Goslar, Germany, August 18-22, 2008.

July 11 , 2008, Prof. Terence Langdon recently received the Lee Hsun Award honoring outstanding accomplishments by worldwide scientists in the fields of materials science and engineering and will deliver next year's Lee Hsun Lecture at the Institute of Metal Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shenyang, China. This award is named after the first director of the Institute of Metal Research.

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June 16 , 2008, A new book on Bulk Nanostructured Materials, with chapters contributed by many colleagues in our nanoSPD community, is in press and now ready for order. Click here for the order form.

May 22 , 2008, Up to six Blaise Pascal Medals for Science and Technology are given annually by the European Academy of Sciences to recognise an outstanding and demonstrated personal contribution to science and technology and the promotion of excellence in research and education. The 2008 Blaise Pascal Medal in Material Science will be awarded to Prof. Terry Langdon for his research on the processing and properties of ultrafine-grained metals. The award will be presented at a special ceremony to be held at the Palace of the Academies in Brussels in November 2008. Prof. Langdon has also been elected a member of the European Academy of Sciences.

 

March 22 , 2008, The Hael Mughrabi Honorary Symposium: Plasticity, Failure and Fatigue in Structural Materials - from Macro to Nano, on the occasion of Prof. Mugrabi's 70th birthday, held successfully on in New Orleans, LA, March 10-13 at the 2008 TMS Spring meeting. At the meeting, Hael is honored for his major contributions to the plasticity, failure and fatigue in structural materials. The photos below were taken at the banquet in Hael's honor by Prof. Wayne Jones of U. Michigan.

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Hael receiving the TMS honorary plaque at a dinner in his honor from Dr. Moody Hael speaking at the dinner in his honor Hael with friends: Jimmy Hsia (Left 1), Mathias Goeken (Left 2), Neville Moody (right 3), Tresa Pollock (right 2), & Pedro D. Portella (right 1).

 

March 13, 2008, The Fifth International Symposium on Ultrafine Grained Materials, held in New Orleans, LA, March 10-12, awarded 1 Gold Medal for poster presentation to Byungmin Ahn (left 1), and 3 Silver Medals for poster presentations to Roberto Figueiredo (left 2), Troy Topping (right 2), Irina Topic (right 1). The Gold and Silver Medal winners receive $200 and $100, respectively. The awards are sponsored by Hysitron.

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March 11, 2008, Professor Terence G. Langdon's recent work with graduate student Roberto Figueiredo has been selected for inclusion in the March issue of "Materials Views" which reports new "hot topics" in the Materials Science area. For more information, click Here.

Jan. 27, 2008, The members of the NanoSPD International Steering Committee have pleasure in congratulating one of our members, Professor Yuri Estrin, on the award of an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor honoris causa) from the Russian Academy of Sciences.  Professor Terry Langdon received this same award in 2003 and this means there are now two members of our Committee on whom this prestigious honorary degree has been conferred.  Honorary doctorates are a rare distinction as only a small number are given each year across the nine divisions of the Academy.  We congratulate Yuri on this very great honor that recognizes his many contributions to the field of materials science and we are pleased to record that this award demonstrates the high international visibility of our discipline.  

Jan. 16, 2008, an April 2006 JOM paper, “Producing Bulk Ultrafine-Grained Materials by Severe Plastic Deformation,” changes the format of future JOM articles. For more information, read this Editorial from JOM for January 2008 issue.

 

PRICMNov. 16, 2007, An Ultrafine Grained Materials session was included in "The 6th Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing," which was held 5-9/11/2007 in Jeju Island, Korea. Following a good tradition, a panel discussion was held at the end of our session. The photo on the right shows some key members in the panel discussion.

 

 

 

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Nov. 14, 2007, Prof. Terry Langdon received the Albert Sauveur Achievement Award from Dr. Lawrence C. Wagner (left in the photo on the right), President of ASM International, at the annual ASM meeting in Detroit, Michigan, on September 27, 2007. This award is given annually by ASM for research that has led to a marked advance in the knowledge of materials. The citation reads "For pioneering research in the processing of ultrafine-grained metals by severe plastic deformation and for fundamental investigations into the properties of materials processed by equal- channel angular pressing."

 

 

Sept. 1, 2007, The international symposium “Bulk nanostructured materials: from fundamentals to innovations. BNM-2007” was held in Ufa on August 14-18, 2007, organized by the Ufa State Aviation Technical University (USATU).  A total of 223 scientists took part in the symposium. They represented 23 countries: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Germany, USA, Japan, China, Austria, Turkey, Brazil, Poland, South Korea, Czech Republic, Iran, UK, Greece, India, Hungary, Slovakia, Italy, Estonia, Spain, and Republic of South Africa. Russia was represented by 156 participants; representatives from 7 Ufa universities and research centers were among them. Below is an illustration of the geographical coverage which includes the countries (colored ones) represented at the symposium. For more details, click this link.

July 4, 2007, Interest in processing by SPD continues to increase.  A short review article with the title "Reducing Bulk Ultrafine-Grained Materials by Severe Plastic Deformation" was co-authored by the six members of the NanoSPD Steering Committee and published in the April 2006 issue of JOM (vol. 58, issue no. 4, pages 33-39, 2006).  This paper has now been identified by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the most cited papers appearing in the field of Materials Science in 2006.  A discussion of this "hot paper" with the Chairman of the committee, Prof. Ruslan Valiev, appears on the ISI Essential Science Indicators special topics website for July 2007.  It can be seen at the following address:   http://www.esi-topics.com/nhp/2007/july-07-RuslanZValiev.html

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Contibutors to the Paper (from left):

Zenji Horita, Michael Zehetbauer, Ruslan Valiev, Yuri Estrin, Yuntian Zhu, and Terence Langdon

June 21 , 2007, Yuntian Zhu will join the Departemnt of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University on Aug. 9 as an Associate Professor. His new contact information is:

Phone/Fax/Email
Mailing address
Shipping address

Ph: 919 -513-0559
Fax: 919-515-3419
Email: ytzhu@ncsu.edu

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7919

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
North Carolina State University
Rm 308, Research Building II
1009 Capability Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27695-7919

June 19 , 2007, Prof. Zenji Horita of Kyushu University, Japan, has started a group program on Giant Straining Process for Advanced Materials Containing Ultra-High Density Lattice Defect, which is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. The program has the two objectives: 1. to examine how the grain refinement occurs by SPD processes.   2. to examine how high strength and high elongation are achieved simultaneously with SPD-processed materials. Lattice defects introduced by SPD processes will be investigated to accomplish these two objectives. For more information, click Here.

March 21, 2007, The 4th International Conference on Nanomaterials by Severe Plastic Deformation (NanoSPD4) will be held on Aug. 17-22, 2008, in Goslar, Germany. For more information, click Here

March 6 , 2007, Structural Materials Division Symposium: Mechanical Behavior of Nanostructured Materials, in Honor of Carl Koch , on the occasion of his 70th birthday, was held successfully on Feb. 26-March 1, 2007, in Orlando, Florida at the 2007 TMS Spring meeting. At the meeting, Carl is honored for his major contributions to the fields of processing of amorphous and nanostructured materials, and mechanical behavior of nanostructured metallic materials.

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Carl receiving the TMS honorary plaque at a dinner in his honor (Dr. Zhang on the left) Carl speaking at the dinner in his honor. Carl with his former students.

February 12, 2007, From April 2007, Professor Yuri Estrin will be based in Australia, as a professor in the Department of Materials Engineering at the Monash University (Melbourne) in conjunction with a position in the CSIRO Division of Materials and Manufacturing Technology. The mailing address of Professor Yuri Estrin will be as follows:

Professor Yuri Estrin
Department of Materials Engineering
Monash University,
Clayton, VIC 38090
AUSTRALIA

November 10, 2006, Prof. Terence Langdon has been selected to receive the 2007 Albert Sauveur Achievement Award from the ASM International, "For pioneering research in processing of ultra-fine-grained materials by severe plastic deformation and for fundamental investigations into the properties of materials processed by equal-channel angular pressing." The award will be presented at MS&T'07, Sept. 17-20, 2007, in Detroit, Michigan.

September 30, 2006, the UFG-2006 was held successfully on Sept. 25-27, 2006, in the former Imperial Monastery Cloister Irsee, Germany. The group photo of attendees is shown below. For more photos from this conference, click here

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July 9, 2006, Prof. Terence Langdon received an award at the THERMEC'2006 in Vancouver, Canada, July 4-8, 2006, "For pioneering research in materials science, especially in the areas of creep, superplasticity and the processing of ultrafine-grained metals through severe plastic deformation."

aa The formal presentation was made by Prof. Zenji Horita (left) of Kyushu University.

 

March 18, 2006, The Fourth International Symposium on Ultrafine Grained Materials, held in San Antonio, TX, March 13-15, awarded 1 Gold Medal for outstanding oral presentation to Cheng Xu (right 1), 4 Silver Medals for oral presentations to Megumi Kawasaki (right 2), Yonghao Zhao (right 4), Manish Chauhan (absent), and Indranil Roy (absent); 1 Gold Medal for poster presentation to Guney Yapaci (right 3), 6 Silver Medals for poster presentations to Anuj Mishra (left 1), Benat Kockar (left 2), Irina Trubitsyna (left 3), Yong Gun Ko (left 4), Balakrishna Cherukuri (absent), and Hong Jin Kim (absent). The Gold and Silver Medal winners receive $1000 and $300, respectively, to help with their travel expenses. The travel grant is provided by AFOSR.

There was a meeting of the NanoSPD International Steering Committee in San Antonio on the evening of March 12, 2006.  Shown in the photo are (from left) Michael Zehetbauer, Ruslan Valiev, Yuri Estrin, Yuntian Zhu and Terence Langdon.

March 18, 2006, The Fourth International Symposium on Ultrafine Grained Materials, held in San Antonio, TX, March 13-15, awarded 1 Gold Medal for outstanding oral presentation to Cheng Xu (right 1), 4 Silver Medals for oral presentations to Megumi Kawasaki (right 2), Yonghao Zhao (right 4), Manish Chauhan (absent), and Indranil Roy (absent); 1 Gold Medal for poster presentation to Guney Yapaci (right 3), 6 Silver Medals for poster presentations to Anuj Mishra (left 1), Benat Kockar (left 2), Irina Trubitsyna (left 3), Yong Gun Ko (left 4), Balakrishna Cherukuri (absent), and Hong Jin Kim (absent). The Gold and Silver Medal winners receive $1000 and $300, respectively, to help with their travel expenses. The travel grant is provided by AFOSR.

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There was a meeting of the NanoSPD International Steering Committee in San Antonio on the evening of March 12, 2006.  Shown in the photo are (from left) Michael Zehetbauer, Ruslan Valiev, Yuri Estrin, Yuntian Zhu and Terence Langdon.

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October 25, 2005, Nanostructured Materials by High Pressure Severe Plastic Deformation, edited by Y.T. Zhu and V. Varyukhin. Springer, 2005. Printed in the Netherland, 2005. Now available for puschasing. Price: US$79.95. To purchase, click HERE, and then type ZHU to search for the book.

September 29, 2005, the Third International Conferences on Nanomaterials by Severe Plastic Deformation (NanoSPD3) was held successfully on Sept. 22-26, 2005, in Fukuoka, Japan. With over 190 papers, this conference was the largest among conferences on the topic of nanoSPD and ultrafine grained materials.

The International nanoSPD Steering Committee held a meeting during the NanoSPD3 to coordinate future SPD related conferences. The committee voted to hold NanoSPD4 in Germany in 2008, with Prof. Yuri Estrin as the conference Chairman. Present at the meeting were (from left) Mrs Mady Langdon, Prof. Terence Langdon, Prof. Zenji Horita, Prof. Yuri Estrin, Dr. Yuntian Zhu, Prof. Ruslan Valiev, Prof. Michael Zehetbauer, and Mrs. Karen Zehetbauer.

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More photos from the conference can be found at http://zaiko6.zaiko.kyushu-u.ac.jp/NanoSPD3/

June 9, 2005, Profs. Terence Langdon and Zenji Horita have been selected as the 2005 recipients of the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) Somiya Award for International Collaboration for their work on "Extended collaboration on severe plastic deformation as a means of processing materials". The award will be presented at an Award Ceremony on July 5th at 1 p.m during the IUMRS International Conference on Advanced Materials (ICAM) hosted by the Materials Research Society of Singapore July 3-8, 2005 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

May 28 , 2005, four scientists in the nanoSPD community appear in the top 10 listing of citations in Materials Science by the The Institute for Scientific Information. They are Terence G. Langdon (#2), Zenji Horita (#6), Minoru Nemoto (#8), and Ruslan Z. Valiev (#10). This demonstrates the tremendous current interest in SPD processing. For more information, go to http://in-cites.com/top/2005/first05-mat-sci.html

February 18, 2005, The Langdon symposium: Flow and Forming of Crystalline Materials, honoring Prof. Terry Langdon, on the occasion of his 65th birthday, was held successfully on Feb. 14-16, 2005, in San Francisco, California at the 2005 TMS Spring meeting. At the meeting, Terry also became a TMS fellow and received an SMD Distinguished Materials Scientist/Engineer Award. The following is an e-TMS announcement on the Langdon symposium and on the dinner honoring Terry:

Terence Langdon greeted friends and colleagues at a dinner in his honor that accompanied the Langdon Symposium: Flow and Forming of Crystalline Materials. The largest symposium at the 2005 TMS Annual Meeting with approximately 150 papers, including its own poster session, the symposium was held to honor the University of Southern California professor whose influence extends throughout the world. Dinner attendees included those who met Langdon in his travels to Russia, the Czech Republic, and Mexico. It comes as no surprise, then, to learn that one of Langdon's hobbies is amateur radio broadcasting, which he uses to communicate with friends throughout the world.

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Terry (left) receiving the TMS honorary plaque at a dinner in his honor (Dr. Yuntian T. Zhu on the right).   Terry with friends Hua Ding (left) and Jingtao Wang (right) in front of a TMS exhibition showing him as a new TMS fellow (the picture behind).

 

September 22-26, 2004, NATO-ARW on Nanostructured Materials by High Pressure Severe Plastic Deformation was sucessfully held in Donetsk, Ukraine. A total of 58 participants and observers presented their work. For more photos from the workshop, please visit a website by Marco Berta.

September 24, 2004, the International nanoSPD Steering Committee held a meeting in Donetsk, Ukraine, to coordinate future SPD related conferences. Present at the meeting were (from left) Prof. Ruslan Valiev, Prof. Zenji Horita, Dr. Yuntian Zhu, Prof. Michael Zehetbauer, and Prof. Terence Langdon.

Aug. 20, 2004, nanoSPD has the biggest impact on the field of materials science according to The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), which has published the lists of top 10 most-cited papers in three prominent materials science journals over the last 10 years (1994--2004): Progress in Materials Science, Acta Materialia, and Scripta Materialia. For Progress in Materials Science, the #1 most-cited paper is on nanoSPD. For Acta Materialia, 7 of the top 10 most cited papers are on nanoSPD (#2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10). For Scripta Materialia, 7 of the top 10 most cited papers are on nanoSPD (#1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9,10). For more details, please click here.

March 17, 2004, The Third International Symposium on Ultrafine Grained Materials, held in Charlotte, NC, March 15-17, awarded 2 Gold Medals for outstanding oral presentations to Xavier Sauvage (left 2) and Cheng Xu (right 3); 1 Gold Medal for poster presentation to Rongjie Song (right 4); 5 Silver Medals for poster presentations to Azdiar Gazder (right 1), Megumi Kawasaki (right 2), Georgy Raab (left 1), Rintaro Ueji (left 3), and S.H. Yu (left 4). The Gold and Silver Medal winners receive $500 and $100, respectively, to help with their travel expenses. The travel grant is provided by AFOSR.