FP6 priority
1.1.3   Nanotechnologies and Nanosciences, Knowledge-based Multifunctional Materials and New Production Processes and Devices
Title of the proposal

Transmission electron microscopy studies of the microstructure of powders, interfaces, thin layers and bulk nanomaterials

Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics
Racianska 75, 83102 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
+421 2 49 268 226

Research subject for a potential FP6 project

As the extensive progress within the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities is expected in the field of nanomaterials large effort is to be paid to structural studies performed before, during and after the applied technological operations leading to the desired nano-structures. Here the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) will play a significant role providing large portion of fundamental information.
We have gathered at the IMMM much of experience in preparing samples for TEM observations within the last 20 years. Our preparation techniques based on ion thinning process enable us to prepare TEM samples from various kinds of powders used in powder metallurgy or thermal spraying processes. The technique for TEM cross sectional sample preparation makes us the study of various thin coatings and their interfaces on different substrates possible. Finally microstructure and interfaces in metal matrix composites reinforced with metallic and non-metallic fibers and particles were extensively studied and their structures were revealed.We believe that this know-how and experience can be well integrated in many kinds of projects directed to the development and optimization of nano-structures within the FP6 thematic area.

Recent international cooperation of the research team

Institut fur Chemische Technologien und Analytik TU Wien Austria

Proposer´s relevant publications related to the research subject

IZDINSKY, K. – IVAN, J. – ZEMANKOVA, M. – KOLENCIAK, V.: Structure of NiCrAlY Metal Powders. Kovove Mater., 35, 1997, p.188.
IZDINSKY, K. – IVAN, J. – ZEMANKOVA, M. – KOLENCIAK, V.: The Microstructure of NiCrAlY Metal Powders Plasma Sprayed and Captured in Water. Kovove Mater., 35, 1997, p.322.
IZDINSKY, K. – IVAN, J. – ZEMANKOVA, M.: The preparatin of cross sectional samples for examination of interaces and thin layers with the transmission electron microscope. CO-MAT-TECH ´99 p. 104.
IZDINSKY, K. – MINAR, P. – IVAN, J.: The Effect of Isothermal Exposure and Thermal Cycling on the Properties of Boron Fibre/Alumnium Alloy Composite Material. Key Engineering Materials Vols. 104-107, TTP 1995, p. 845.