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3rd European Symposium
on nanomechanical testing


Preliminary Program


in the "Gründer und Service Zentrum Hückelhoven" in Hückelhoven / Germany


organized in collaboration with



17.09.2002 to 19.09.2002


Focus of the meeting:

  • quantitative determination of materials properties in the nanometer range.
  • monitor of current trends and developments in this field of science.


Main Topics:

High-Throughput-Screening (HTS), Semiconductors, Thin Films, Polymers, Hardness-Friction-Wear

Key-Note Lectures:

Xiao-Dong Xiang, Neville Moody (video), Kathy Wahl



Conference Program (ca. 107kb, .PDF)

Early Registration ends on July5th, 2002

NANOMECHANICS Secretary: Sigrid Bleeck SURFACE
  Rheinstrasse 7 41836 Hückelhoven
  Tel.: +49 2433 970 305 Fax.: +49 2433 970 302


Preliminary Program:


Tuesday 17.09.2002

7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception: Poster Session


Wednesday 18.09.2002

8:30 a.m. Opening

Applications in Semiconductor Industry


High Throughput Screening of Functional Materials and Electrical Impedance Mapping using Evanescent Microwave Probe(key note lecture)
Xiao-Dong Xiang, Ariel Technologies, Inc


Accelerated Design of Coatings – Mechanical Properties determined by local measurements of nano-hardness on thin films with internal composition gradients
Raphael Mertens*, Ude D. Hangen**, Jochen Schneider*; *)MCH, University of Technology, Aachen-Germany **)SURFACE, Hückelhoven-Germany

9:55a.m. nano-Indentation on low-k Dielectrics
Sywert Brongersma, IMEC, Leuven-Belgium


Quantitative 3D Deformation Analysis and Analysis and determination of Fracture Parameters from AFM Images
D. Vogel, J. Keller, A. Gollhardt, B. Michel, Fraunhofer IZM, Berlin-Germany

10:20-10:50 a.m. coffee break

Fundamentals of the indentation Process

Approaches of hardness inference from Load-Depth-Data
B. Wolf, R. Ries, A. Richter, Technische Fachhochschule Wildau, Wildau-Germany

Critical Examination based on experimental measurements, of the fundamental relations used in nanoindentation.
Martin and M. Troyon, Université de Reims, Reims-France
On the origins and modelling of ISE
Steve Bull, University of Newcastle, Newcastle-U.K.

Dislocation nucleation and elastic anisotropy of monocrystals
P. Grau, H. S. Leipner,  D. Lorenz, A. Zeckzer, Martin-Luther-Universität,  Halle-Germany
12:30-1:30p.m. Lunch

Thin Films Testing


Identification of Elastic-Plastic Plastic Mechanical Properties of Thin Metal Films from NanoIndentation Experiments using Neuronal Networks
N. Huber, IMF II, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe-Germany


Parameters affecting the determination accuracy of thin hard coatings stress strain laws by means of nanoindentations
K.–D. Bouzakis1, N. Michailidis1, S. Hadjiyiannis1, G. Skordaris1, G. Erkens2; 1 Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki-Greece 2 CemeCon GmbH, Würselen-Germany

2 :20p.m.

Modulus measurements at ultra thin Coatings
T. Chudoba1, D. Schneider2, M. Griepentrog1; 1BAM, Berlin, 2IWS, Dresden - Germany
nano-mechanical Testing of thin films at elevated temperatures
J.F. Smith, B. Beake, S.R.Goodes; Micro Materials Limited, Wrexham, U.K.
3:10-5:00 p.m. coffe break & poster session


Nanomechanical Fracture Testing for Assessing the Durability of Hybrid Microcircuit Films
N. R. Moody, D. P. Adams*, N. Y. C. Yang, A. A. Volinsky**, W. W. Gerberich***
Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, *Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque **Motorola, Mesa., ***University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA (invited video conf.)


In-situ Acoustic Emission monitoring of nanoIndentation /scratch
U. Volz1, P. DeWolf1, L. Kuhn2; 1Veeco Metrology GmbH, Mannheim-Germany; 2Hysitron, Inc., Minneapolis-USA
7:30p.m. shuttle to conference dinner…


Thursday 19.09.2002




Dynamic Mechanical Analyses of Polymers(invited)
Kathryn J. Wahl and S.A. Syed Asif,*,
Naval Research Laboratory, Washington-USA, *Hysitron, Inc., Minneapolis-USA


Dynamic nano-indentation as a tool for determining the visco-elastic moduli of thin polymer films and coatings
A.A. Goruppa, S. A. Hayes and F. R. Jones; Sheffield University, U.K.



Indentation Tests on Carbon Black Filled Elastomers from the Nano- to the Microscale
V. Herrmann, K. Unseld, Dunlop GmbH, Hanau-Germany


Nanoindentation on the nanopatterned surfaces of polymers.
Marigo Stavridi, Yannis F. Missirlis, University of Patras, Patras-Greece

11 :05-11 :30a.m. break


Quantification of Craze-initiation in glassy polymers using nanoindentation
J. den Toonder1, H. van Melick2, O. Bressers2, L. Govaert2, H. Meijer2  - 1Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven-The Netherlands , 2Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven-The Netherlands



Single Molecule Mechanical Testing
S. Vinzelberg1, Roger Proksch2 & Jason Cleveland2
; 1Atomic Force F&E GmbH, Mannheim-Germany, 2Asylum Research Corp., Santa Barbara-USA

12:20-2:00p.m. Lunch

Thin films and bulk materials: Hardness-Friction-Wear



Alloying effects in metallic materials studied with nanoindentation
M. Göken, K. Durst, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken-Germany

nanoIndentation Testing of Gear Steels
A. Oila and S.J. Bull, University of Newcastle, Newcastle-U.K.


Interpretation of Microwear Experiments on thin DLC coatings:
Friction, Wear and Plastic Deformation K. I. Schiffmann, Fraunhofer Institut f. Schicht- u. Oberflächentechnik, Braunschweig-Germany



Mechanically Induced Anisotropic Molecular Migrations and Anisotropic Scratch Resistance in Organic Crystals
G. Kaupp, M.R. Naimi-Jamal, Universität Oldenburg, Oldenburg - Germany


Scratch resistance testing of thin lacquer
U. Hangen, SURFACE, Hückelhoven-Germany


Posters will be accepted until 1.September 2002:

Posters accepted by the 30st of April

  1. Metals in the Jaws of Marine-Worms - an Alternative Concept for Improving Mechanical Properties
    Thomas Schöber1, Helga C. Lichtenegger2, J. Herbert Waite2 & Galen D. Stucky2
    1 Erich Schmid Institute, University of Leoben, Austria, 2 University of California Santa Barbara, USA

  2. Hardness measurements of irradiated glass samples
    P. Nagy, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Chemical Research Center, Budapest-Hungary

  3. Investigation of the properties of candidate reference materials suited for the calibration of nanoindentation instruments
    K. Herrmann1), N.M.J. Jennett2), S. Kuypers3), I. McEnteggart4), C. Ingelbrecht5), U. Hangen6), T. Chudoba7), F. Pohlenz1) , F. Menelao1)
    1: PTB Braunschweig

  4. On-Site direct calibration of a Hysitron Transducer
    U. Hangen et al.,  SURFACE



General Information:

Hückelhoven is situated in the West of Germany closed to the dutch border. It is a small town which mainly was populated by miners before the last mine " Sophia-Jacoba" was closed some years ago. The Gründer und Service Zentrum (GSZH) was founded in order to establish companies that deal with advanced technologies in different fields. Its conference rooms are modern and well equipped.


The next airports are in Mönchengladbach (25km), Düsseldorf ( 55 km) and Cologne (75km). The railway station next to Hückelhoven is Baal. It is connected to the airports by bus and/or train. The most convenient connection from Baal to the hotel or to the Gründer und Service Zentrum (GSZH) is the cab.

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