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ISN’T IT 2003

Fourth International Symposium on Nitrides

17-19 November 2003
Mons – Belgium

The symposium is jointly organised by the Belgian Ceramic Research Centre (BCRC) and the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (FPMs) in the framework of the DESYMON European Network and under the auspices of the European Ceramic Society.
This event is sponsored by the Belgian Ceramic Society and Silicates Industriels.

Important dates:

Deadline for submission of short abstracts has been modified !!!

Scientific Programme
Preliminary programme
Call for papers
Paper proposal
Sample abstract and instruction to authors
Social programme
Symposium secretariat
Local Organising Committee
International Scientific Advisory Board

During the last three decades, French scientists have held a series of meetings (JENI) on Nitrides. In view of the ever-expanding fields of application of nitrides in ceramics, metals, glasses, composites, coatings, sensors, catalysts and electronic thin films, the 10th French meeting was opened up to a wider audience, in the form of the first international symposium on nitrides in 1996.

ISN’T IT 2003 is the fourth event of the series of ISN’T IT symposia and it will take place at Mons in November 2003. Previous symposia were held in St Malo (France) in May 1996, Limerick (Ireland) in June 1998 and Seville (Spain) in July 2000.

Scientific Programme

The Scientific Programme will consist of a number of invited plenary lectures and other oral presentations as well as poster sessions with discussions.

Papers are welcomed in all branches of materials science and engineering concerning the role of nitrogen in improving and modifying the properties of materials, particularly for novel applications.

Papers on the following topics relevant to nitrides are invited:

Session 1: Preparation and Crystal Chemistry of Nitrides and Oxynitrides
Chairperson: Prof. D.P. Thompson (University of Newcastle, UK)

In the past decade, novel synthesis routes for the preparation of complex nitrides and oxynitrides have been intensively studied. Neutron diffraction and related techniques have been developed to study the order/disorder structure of oxygen/nitrogen and silicon/aluminium atoms of nitrides and oxynitrides. Papers are invited on the crystal structure studies, the development of new structure types and on the preparation of modified oxide and mineral structures.

Session 2: Oxynitrides in Catalysis
Chairperson: Dr. S. Delsarte (Université Catholique de Louvain, BE)

Novel oxynitrides with interesting surface properties have been developed and their applications in commercially important chemical systems are in expansion; e.g. the synthesis of chemically/structurally complex oxynitrides containing interstices of controlled size to accommodate gas molecules. Papers are invited on the use of nitrides, oxynitrides and phospho-oxynitrides as high surface area solids in catalytic processes for chemical synthesis, in particular, their structure, their behaviour and surface properties including selectivity. The interaction between the oxynitrides and the substrates will be of high interest.

Session 3: Oxynitrides Glasses and Glass-Ceramics
Chairperson: Prof. S. Hampshire (University of Limerick, IE)

Oxynitride glasses are silicates or aluminosilicates glasses in which oxygen is partially replaced by nitrogen in the glass structure. Papers are invited on topics related to the effects of chemical compositions, particularly nitrogen, on glass formation, thermal characteristics (Tg, CTE, etc.), viscosities, mechanical properties, optical characteristics and structure of oxynitride glasses. Many oxynitride phases are formed by nucleation and crystallisation from glasses to form glass-ceramics with tailored properties and papers are invited on these types of materials.

Session 4: Functional Nitrides and Oxynitrides
Chairperson: Prof. W. Schnick (University of Munich, DE)

This session will deal with the synthesis, characterisation, fabrication and properties of nitrides and oxynitrides for thermal, optical, electronic and magnetic applications. Papers will be more specifically welcome on the binary and ternary transition metal nitrides having interesting magnetic properties, oxynitrides with novel optical properties, development of nitrogen-containing perovskite and related materials for functional applications. This will also include nitrides and oxynitrides for high thermal conductivity applications and coloured oxynitrides for pigment applications.

Session 5: Nitride Coatings and Thin Films
Chairperson: Prof. J.-L. Besson (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Céramique Industrielle, FR)

Over the last few years, transition metal nitrides have found applications as hard coatings with exceptional tribological properties. In addition, nitride and oxynitride materials have been produced as thin films for electronic applications and are used for corrosion resistant coatings. Papers dealing with the application of nitrides and oxynitrides as functional coatings and thin films are invited. Particular attention will be drawn on the use of oxynitrides layers in multilayer coatings on glass substrates, novel techniques for depositing sub-micron/nanometre thickness layers. Other interesting topics will be the coating-substrate interactions, the new trends towards increased chemical complexity and the optimisation of the mechanical integrity of the coating-substrate assembly.

Session 6: Silicon Nitride and Sialon Ceramics
Chairpersons: Prof. M. Lewis (University of Warwick, UK) and Prof. M.J. Hoffmann (University of Karlsruhe, DE)

Structural ceramics based on silicon nitride and sialon phases have been used principally in metal cutting and wear-resistant applications. Their mechanical properties depend on grain size and morphology of major phases and, especially at high temperatures, on the constitution of grain boundary phases which may be in glassy or crystalline form.This session is focussed on all aspects of sintering, microstructural development and properties of silicon nitrides and sialonstheir composites with other phases.Papers are especially welcome on the fabrication and properties of ceramics with potential for structural or functional application which derive from novel sialon phases or porous microstructures as well as on ceramic component development.

Session 7: Characterisation and Modelling of Nitrides and Oxynitrides
Chairperson: Prof. H.T. Hintzen (Eindhoven University of Technology, NL)

Papers are welcome on the one hand on the characterisation of nitrides and oxynitrides; papers on the application of new and existing characterisation techniques for structural and microstructural analysis, the development of novel analytical techniques and the analysis on the nanoscale levelexpected. On the other hand, modelling procedures on nitride and oxynitride structures can be presented, in particular those useful for the development of new materials.

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Preliminary program

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Call for papers

The official language of the Symposium will be English.

Short abstracts

Abstracts (no longer than 300 words) should be typed using Arial Font size 12. The title should be in bold size 14 and followed by authors and affiliation on the subsequent lines. A sample abstract can be downloaded from the Symposium website. This should be submitted by 27 June 2003 preferably by email (


Acceptance of papers will be confirmed by end of August 2003.

Short Abstracts will be given to the participants printed 4 on a page. Please respect the instructions.

Full length paper

Full length papers should be in camera-ready form and no longer than 6 A4 pages. Full instruction to authors can be downloaded from the Symposium website. This should be submitted by 31 October 2003 at the latest preferably by email ( or by mail (send three original copies and use a laser printer).

All full length papers (oral and poster) will be published in a proceedings volume after the normal peer review process (by two referees) and will be sent to all participants after the conference.

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Paper proposal

If you are interested in attending this symposium, please fill in the electronic form below.

If you want to submit more than one paper, please fill in one form by paper. For second and following submission, please only fill in the « First Name », « Name », and « Organisation » general information fields.

Title   First Name   Name  
Address   PO Box  
Postcode   City  
State   Country  
Telephone   Fax  
I am interested in
receiving more information
submitting a paper
Desired sub-session   
300 word abstract should be sent as Word document for PC to

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Sample abstract and instruction to authors

Sample abstract

Title : Arial bold 14 pts, centred
(one line between abstract title and authors’ names)

Author(s) and affiliation(s) : Arial 14 pts, centred
(one line between authors’ names and abstract)

Abstract should be typed in Arial font with a font size of 12 pts and a 18 pts spacing. The text should be justified. Top, bottom, left and right margins should be of 2.5 cm.
Abstract should be no longer than 300 words.
Please send original copy, the easiest way is to email it as a word attachment to the following address :


Download the Sample Abstract file (Adobe Acrobat).

Full length paper

Please, download the instructions.

Poster instructions

Please, download here the instructions for poster presentations.

Oral presentation rules

Please, download here the instructions for oral presentations.

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Registration fees

Registration fees include lecture sessions, coffee breaks, lunches, welcome reception, book of abstracts and conference proceedings.

ECerS members have to specify the Society to which they belong and enclose a copy of their membership card with the Registration Form. Students should also provide a copy of their student card or an attestation from their supervisor.

Registration Fees
  Presenting Author/ECerS Member 300 €
  Non ECerS Member 330 €
  Full Time Student 150 €
  Late Registration (after 30 September 2003) 360 €
  Conference Banquet 65 €

Receipts will be provided on request.

How to register

Those planning to submit a paper or to attend ISN’T IT 2003 are requested to download and complete the Registration Form and return it to the Symposium Secretariat at the Belgian Ceramic Research Centre as soon as possible. Please use one Registration Form per participant and attach the copy of the transfer order. Collective remittances should be accompanied by a list of names.

Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of full payment.

Method of payment

All fees must be paid in euro (€) by International Bank Draft and should be made payable to the following account number:

Fortis Banque – Agence de Mons – Avenue des Frères Orban 9 – 7000 Mons

IBAN: BE87 0013 6755 4294

All charges for bank drafts must be borne by the payee. Please clearly state your name with the reference « Name, Fist Name ».

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Venue and Transportation


The Symposium will be held in Mons, Belgium at the following address:

Amphitheâtre R. Stievenart
Faculté Polytechnique de Mons
Rue du Joncquois
BE-7000 Mons


By flight

The airports serving Mons are Brussels National and Charleroi (Brussels South). From there, you can find train or bus connections to Mons e.g. there is an hourly direct train from Brussels National to Mons.

By train

There are a great number of connections between Mons and major European cities.

By car

Mons is approximately 60 km from Brussels, 240 km from both Paris and Amsterdam and 300 km from London.

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Participants are responsible for their own arrangements. A list of hotels and prices can be downloaded from this site. Hotels in the city centre are located on the map. It is recommended to book hotel accommodation at your earliest convenience.

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Social programme

A Welcome reception will be organised on the 17th of November 2003 after the Poster Session and the Conference Banquet will take place on the 18th of November 2003.

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Symposium Secretariat

For futher information, please contact:

Belgian Ceramic Research Centre
Dr Nathalie Malengreau
Avenue Gouverneur Cornez, 4
B-7000 Mons
Tel: +32.(0)65.40 34 21
Fax: +32.(0)65.34 80 05

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Local Organising Committee

Chairperson: Francis Cambier BCRC, BE
Serge Boucher
Omer van der Biest
Catalina Mora Cuevas
Jean-Claude Descamps
Véronique Lardot
Nathalie Malengreau
Gérald Moortgat
Isabelle Urbain

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International Scientific Advisory Board

P. Becher
J.-L. Besson
Y.B. Cheng
R. Drew
P. Grange
S. Hampshire
H.T. Hintzen
M. Hoffmann
S. Kanzaki
K. Komeya
M. Lewis
H. Mandal
M. Nygren
R. Riedel
T. Rouxel
W. Schnick
D.P. Thompson
P.-L. Wang
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak ridge, USA
University of Limoges, Limoges, FR
Monash University, Victoria, AU
McGill University, Montreal, CA
Université Catholique de Louvain, BE
University of Limerick, Limerick, IE
Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, NL
Universität Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, DE
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Nagoya, JP
Yokohama National University, Yokohama, JP
University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Anadolu University, Eskisehir, TR
University of Stockholm, Stockholm, SE
Darmstadt University of Technology, Darmstadt, DE
University of Rennes, Rennes, FR
University of Munich, Munich, DE
University of Newcaslte, Newcalste, UK
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, CN

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