Spark plasma sintering has been used to compact SrFe12O19powders into a quasi-single crystal with an almost completely aligned c-axis observed by measurement of magnetic properties and pole figures from XRD (Stingaciu et al., Sci. Rep. 2015, 5, 14112; Saura-Múzquiz et al., Nanoscale 2016).
Material research and development of new techniques are essential parts of CMC. Each year, more than 100 papers are published.
The highlights summarize some of the most important results during the previous year.
Understanding transmisson of spin information from paramegnetic to non-magnetic centers is crucial in advanced material research. A novel tool has been developed to e.g. quantify atom contributions to spin polarization (Gatti et al., Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 3845-3852).
New sample environments and techniques customized for in situ powder X‐ray diffraction studies up to 1000 bar gas pressure were developed. The cells can be utilized for multiple purposes in a range of research fields (Hansen et al., J. Appl. Cryst. 2015, 48, 1234–1241).
Local atomic structure has for the first time been determined in amorphous and crystalline thin films by PDF analysis. The breakthrough was the use of transmission geometry, which allows analysis of even extremely weak sample signals (Jensen et al., IUCR‐J 2015, 2, 481‐489; Bauers et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 9652–9658).