MSIT Winter School

MSIT Winter Schools comprise lectures given by the MSIT members and invited experts on Phase diagrams, Classical and Computational Thermodynamics, and Crystallography and related applicational topics.


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1st MSIT Winter School

Materials Chemistry


12 - 15 March 2017


Ringberg Castle, Germany


MSI, Materials Science International Services GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany
MSIT®, Materials Science International Team;
Dr. Günter Effenberg, Dr. Andy Watson, Dr. Marie-Christine Record


The aim of the Winter School is to provide first-class tuition in a selection of subjects closely associated with the study of phase equilibria in Materials Science. The course, which is spread over three full days, comprises 5 'modules' on topics such as Phase Equilibria, Crystallography and Computational Thermodynamics. Each module will involve lectures, demonstrations and problems classes, written and given by members of the MSIT who are world experts in their respective fields. A unique and exciting aspect to the MSIT Winter School is that it will run in parallel with the Annual MSIT Workshop on Heterogeneous Multicomponent Equilibria. Not only will participants at the Winter School be able to interact with MSIT members at the workshop on a daily basis, but there will also be an opportunity for them to be involved in the group work after the Winter School has finished. The School is aimed at Materials Scientists of all levels; from Undergraduate and Postgraduate students, to Post Doctoral scientists and those working in industry. It is also a good opportunity to see what the Team does and an introduction to evaluation work.


Course Program


1. Phase equilibria and phase diagrams Prof. Marie-Christine Record/
Marseille, France
Unary systems, binary systems – reaction types, solution phases, stoichiometric phases, phase rule, Gibbs-Konovalov rule – ternary systems, projections, sections, quasibinary systems, alkemade lines, Schreinermaker's rule, solidification.
2. Principles of Chemical Thermodynamics Dr. Andrew Watson/
Leeds, UK
Thermodynamic laws, concepts of work, energy, enthalpy, entropy, Gibbs energy, Helmholtz energy, heat capacity. Gases, Gibbs-Duhem, Gas-solid equilibria, Ellingham diagrams. Solution thermodynamics. Measurement of thermodynamic properties.
3. Crystallography Prof. Peter Rogl/
Vienna, Austria
Concept of the crystal lattice, Miller indices, stereographic projections, Bravais lattices. Quasicrystals
4. Density Functional Theory Prof. Pascal Boulet/
Marseille, France
Basics of the method, generalisations, models, pseudopotentials, software, applications
5. Computational Thermodynamics Prof. K.C. Hari Kumar/
Madras, India
Gibbs energy minimisation, models and parameterisation, thermodynamic assessment and phase diagram calculation




All participants will be accommodated at the course venue of Ringberg Castle.

Room reservations will be made by the organisers on behalf of the participants.
Accommodation and meals fee should be paid at the castle, directly with the castle administration. See details