Structure-property-functionality of bimetal interfaces

I. J. Beyerlein, N. A. Mara, J. Wang, J. S. Carpenter, S. J. Zheng, W. Z. Han, R. F. Zhang, K. Kang, T. Nizolek, T. M. Pollock

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Interfaces, such as grain boundaries, phase boundaries, and surfaces, are important in materials of any microstructural size scale, whether the microstructure is coarse-grained, ultrafine-grained, or nano-grained. In nanostructured materials, however, they dominate material response and as we have seen many times over, can lead to extraordinary and unusual properties that far exceed those of their coarse-grained counterparts. In this article, we focus on bimetal interfaces. To best elucidate interface structure-property- functionality relationships, we focus our studies on simple layered composites composed of an alternating stack of two metals with bimetal interfaces spaced less than 100 nm. We fabricate these nanocomposites by either a bottom-up method (physical vapor deposition) or a top-down method (accumulative roll bonding) to produce two distinct interface types. Atomic-scale differences in interface structure are shown to result in profound effects on bulk-scale properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1192-1207
Number of pages16
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Modeling work by I.J.B., R.F.Z. and K.K. was supported by the Center for Materials at Irradiation and Mechanical Extremes, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award Number 2008LANL1026. Modeling and experimental work by N.A.M., J.S.C., S.J.Z., W.Z.H., and J.W. was supported by a Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project DR20110029. T.N. was supported by the Department of Defense (DoD) through the National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) Program. Nanomechanical testing for this work was performed at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, a U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences user facility. Los Alamos National Laboratory, an affirmative action equal opportunity employer, is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, for the National Nuclear Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy under contract DE-AC52-06NA25396.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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