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Instabilities and Self-Organization in Materials: Volume I: Fundamentals of Nanoscience, Volume II: Applications in Materials Design and Nanotechnology

Nasr Ghoniem and Daniel Walgraef


In materials, critical phenomena such as phase transitions, plastic deformation and fracture are intimately related to self-organization. Understanding the origin of spatio-temporal order in systems far from thermal equilibrium and the selection mechanisms of spatial structures and their symmetries is a major theme of present day research on the structure of continuous matter. Furthermore, the development of methods for producing spatially-ordered and self-assembled microstructure in solids by non-equilibrium methods opens the door to many technological applications. In order to describe and u ... More

Keywords: phase transitions, plastic deformation, fracture, spatio-temporal order, non-equilibrium materials, defects, defect theory, transport processes, pattern formation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199298686
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298686.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nasr Ghoniem, author
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California at Los Angeles

Daniel Walgraef, author
Director of Research, Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research