MiFuN – Microstructural Functionality at the Nanoscale

This international workshop is intended to foster the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas between researchers in engineering, physics and chemistry on microstructural dynamics. The topic of MiFuN is the time dependence of structural features at the nanoscale, a recent research development that is expected to have a strong impact on nanoscience and technology. Mechanisms for microstructural evolution range from the formation of defects, their transport, growth and transformation, to segregation, sintering and cooperative mechanisms including the controlled manipulation of grain boundaries and other microstructural elements in nanocrystalline materials. These mechanisms can lead to novel dynamic functionality, such as resistive switching or self-healing and are also determining the lifetime of nanostructured devices. In 2017 the focus will be placed on mechanisms in inorganic 1D and 2D systems.

Date: 4th to 6th of October 2017

Location / Venue:

Lecture Hall MD 162, University of Duisburg-Essen, Lotharstr. 1, 47057 Duisburg, Germany



Scientific Program

Book of Abstracts


Invited Speakers


Registration as participant was open till August 31st.
Conference fees are: 250 Euro for regular participants / 100 Euro for PhD students /  60 Euro conference dinner

International Advisory Board

Horst Hahn, KIT, Germany
Michel Barsoum, Drexel University, USA
Dimitrios Maroudas, U Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Local Organizing Committee

Markus Winterer, Nanoparticle Process Technology
Dietrich Wolf, Computational and Statistical Physics
Rossitza Pentcheva, Computational Materials Physics


Heike Feiten, mail: mifun@uni-due.de, phone: +49-203-379-4445, fax: +49-203-379-4453



Funding and Support