Towards an integrated materials characterization toolbox

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2011

  • Author: Robertson, Ian M.

    Univ Illinois, Dept Mat Sci & Engn (US)

  • Author: Schuh, Christopher A.

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Author: Vetrano, John S.

    US DOE, Mat Sci & Engn Div, Off Basic Energy Sci (US)

  • Author: Browning, Nigel D.

    Lawrence Livermore Natl Lab, Condensed Matter & Mat Div, Phys & Life Sci Directorate (US)

  • Author: Field, David P.

    Washington State Univ, Sch Mech & Mat Engn (US)

  • Author: Juul Jensen, Dorte

    Materials Research Division. Management, Materials Research Division, Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark, Fredriksborgvej 399, 4000, Roskilde, Denmark

  • Author: Miller, Michael K.

    Oak Ridge Natl Lab, Div Mat Sci & Technol (US)

  • Author: Baker, Ian

    Dartmouth Coll, Thayer Sch Engn (US)

  • Author: Dunand, David C.

    Northwestern Univ, Dept Mat Sci & Engn (US)

  • Author: Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.

    Center for Electron Nanoscopy, Technical University of Denmark

  • Author: Kabius, Bernd

    Argonne Natl Lab, Div Mat Sci (US)

  • Author: Kelly, Tom

    Cameca Instruments Corp (US)

  • Author: Lozano-Perez, Sergio

    University of Oxford

  • Author: Misra, Amit

    Los Alamos Natl Lab, MPA CINT (US)

  • Author: Rohrer, Gregory S.

    Carnegie Mellon Univ, Dept Mat Sci & Engn (US)

  • Author: Rollett, Anthony D.

    Carnegie Mellon Univ, Dept Mat Sci & Engn (US)

  • Author: Taheri, Mitra L.

    Drexel Univ, Dept Mat Sci & Engn (US)

  • Author: Thompson, Greg B.

  • Author: Uchic, Michael

    USAF, Mat & Mfg Directorate, Res Lab, Wright Patterson AFB (US)

  • Author: Wang, Xun-Li

    Oak Ridge Natl Lab, Neutron Scattering Sci Div (US)

  • Author: Was, Gary

    Univ Michigan (US)

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The material characterization toolbox has recently experienced a number of parallel revolutionary advances, foreshadowing a time in the near future when material scientists can quantify material structure evolution across spatial and temporal space simultaneously. This will provide insight to reaction dynamics in four-dimensions, spanning multiple orders of magnitude in both temporal and spatial space. This study presents the authors' viewpoint on the material characterization field, reviewing its recent past, evaluating its present capabilities, and proposing directions for its future development. Electron microscopy; atom probe tomography; x-ray, neutron and electron tomography; serial sectioning tomography; and diffraction-based analysis methods are reviewed, and opportunities for their future development are highlighted. Advances in surface probe microscopy have been reviewed recently and, therefore, are not included [D.A. Bonnell et al.: Rev. Modern Phys. in Review]. In this study particular attention is paid to studies that have pioneered the synergetic use of multiple techniques to provide complementary views of a single structure or process; several of these studies represent the state-of-the-art in characterization and suggest a trajectory for the continued development of the field. Based on this review, a set of grand challenges for characterization science is identified, including suggestions for instrumentation advances, scientific problems in microstructure analysis, and complex structure evolution problems involving material damage. The future of microstructural characterization is proposed to be one not only where individual techniques are pushed to their limits, but where the community devises strategies of technique synergy to address complex multiscale problems in materials science and engineering.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Publication date2011
Volume26
Issue11
Pages1341-1383
ISSN0884-2914
DOIs
StatePublished
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 22

Keywords

  • Materials characterisation and modelling
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