Remarkable advances have been made in recent years in the science and technology of these processes used to synthesize, characterize, and apply these materials processed under non-equilibrium conditions. Some of these techniques have evolved from laboratory curiosity to commercial-scale manufacturing in just a few years. In other cases, industrial necessity prompted development of the technology, and the science followed later.
The chapters in this book have been written by people who are world-recognized experts in their respective fields. Each chapter describes the principles, processing techniques, special features of the materials produced, and their applications. An extensive list of references is provided at the end of each chapter that will facilitate location of additional information on specific aspects of any technique.
Professor Suryanarayana has published more than 250 technical papers in the areas of rapid solidification, mechanical alloying, innovative synthesis/processing techniques, metallic glasses, quaiscrystals, and nanostructures and has authored/edited 10 technical books. The most recent one was an undergraduate textbook on "X-Ray Diffraction: A Practical Approach" being published by Plenum Publishing Corporation. The major emphasis of his research investigations has been on synthesis-structure-property relationships. He extensively makes use of transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction techniques for materials characterization.
Professor Suryanarayana received numerous awards including the National Metallurgist's Day award of the Government of India, the Pandya Silver Medal of the Indian Institute of Metals, and the Young Scientist's Medal of the Indian National Science Academy. He is a Fellow of the ASM International, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, London (UK), a member of TMS, a Life Member of the Materials Research Society of India, a Life Member of the Electron Microscope Society of India, and