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Priority Programme (SPP 1959)
"Manipulation of matter controlled by electric and magnetic field:
Towards novel synthesis and processing routes of inorganic materials"

The emerging field of temperature dependent electro-chemo-mechanics of solids offers the opportunity to gain novel, energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly, less costly synthesis and processing routes for inorganic materials

Evidence for the interactions between external electromagnetic fields, diffusion and deformation mechanisms have been gathered over the years, a global yet detailed understanding of the interactions between electromagnetic fields and solid-state matter transport is far from being reached. The new DFG Priority Programme (SPP1959) “Manipulation of matter controlled by Electric and magnetic field: Towards novel synthesis and processing routes of inorganic materials” aims to provide a rational, comprehensive knowledge based on experimental evidence and complementary numerical simulations for intentionally using electromagnetic energy to manipulate matter in metals, intermetallics, oxide and non-oxide ceramics as bulk, thin or thick films.

In all these processes, defects such as single or clustered point defects, dislocation networks, interfaces between two reacting solids or crystalline phases (grain boundaries) play a key role. Therefore, a fundamental question to address is: What are the interplays between electric / magnetic fields and matter transport, defect formation, structure and mobility? These properties will determine the response of the whole material and its processing ability.