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Joint Workshop on Nucleation

Nucleation is a phenomenon that is important across the entire field of materials science, both for structural changes and for damage.

Joint Workshop on Nucleation

** This event took place already **

On Monday 1 April 2019, the 4TU.Research Centre High-Tech Materials (4TU.HTM) and the Materials Innovation Institute (M2i) were organizing a Joint Workshop on Nucleation in Utrecht (De Witte Vosch). Some pictures can be found here.

Introduction by Jilt Sietsma, scientific director of 4TU.HTM

Full programme (Pdf file)


Nucleation is among the most fascinating processes in materials science, whereas it is crucial for the production and behaviour of all materials. Taking place at the smallest length and time scales, experimental observation is challenging. Theoretical frameworks have been proposed through recent decades, but predictive power is limited for many aspects of nucleation.


This workshop aims to bring scientists and industrial partners with interest and expertise on nucleation throughout the different types of materials and processes together for an exchange of ideas and observations, looking for the crucial characteristics of nucleation.

Keynote speaker

Prof. A. Lindsay Greer

Professor of Materials Science, head of Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge

Title: Nucleation of Solidification as an Athermal Process

Textbook treatments of nucleation normally consider it to be a stochastic process: through a series of bimolecular reactions, critical nuclei eventually arise. For both homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation, the kinetics is commonly considered in terms of the rate of generation of critical nuclei on holding at a fixed temperature. In the practical processing of materials, heterogeneous nucleation is much more likely, and ... [continue reading, Pdf file].

Prof. Greer's (short bio, Pdf file) research interests are: metallic glasses and crystal nucleation, grain refinement in casting, and chalcogenide thin films for phase-change data storage.

Programme Andre ten Elshof

Inorganic Materials Science Group, University of Twente
Nucleation of BaTiO3 ternary oxide nanoparticles at room temperature Gerrit Peters

Theoretical and Applied Rheology. Polymer Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology
Flow induced nucleation in polymers

Dr. Joost Duvigneau

Materials Science and Technology of Polymers Group, University of Twente
Foam cell nucleation Erik Offerman

Materials Science and Engineering, Delft University of Technology
Preferential Nucleation during Polymorphic Transformations in Steel Niels van Dijk

Fundamental Aspects of Materials and Energy, Delft University of Technology
Experimental X-ray studies on nucleation phenomena in solids

Simone Dussi PhD

Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter, Wageningen UR
Nucleation of nothing: how disordered materials break

Hanglong Wu MSc

Materials and Interface Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology
Using Liquid Phase Electron Microscopy to study Nucleation

Hanglong Wu presented research that was published in a Nature Chemistry paper recently:

Liquid‚Äďliquid phase separation during amphiphilic self-assembly
By Alessandro Ianiro, Hanglong Wu, Mark M. J. van Rijt, M. Paula Vena, Arthur D. A. Keizer, A. Catarina C. Esteves, Remco Tuinier, Heiner Friedrich, Nico A. J. M. Sommerdijk & Joseph P. Patterson. Nature Chemistry 11, pages 320‚Äď328 (2019).

Image: CryoTEM observations of CaCO3¬†thin film formation process with 10‚ÄČmM CaCl2.
From the paper: Microscopic structure of the polymer induced liquid precursor for calcium carbonate.
Y. Xu, K.C.H. Tijssen, P.H.H. Bomans, A. Akiva, H. Friedrich, A.P.M. Kentgens, N.A.J.M. Sommerdijk.
Nature Communications 9 (2018) 2582.

Invitation and registration

We invite you to participate in this workshop. Please, use the registration form to let us know if you are interested in giving a short presentation or bringing a poster.

For more information, please contact Reina Boerrigter (secretary 4TU.HTM).

* Header image is from the work by Xiaoqin Ou: Molecular dynamics simulations of martensitic transformation in iron. Dissertation TU Delft, 2017.