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Information for Researchers No. 6 | 28 January 2019
Priority Programme "Manipulation of Matter Controlled by Electric and Magnetic Fields: Towards Novel Synthesis and Processing Routes of Inorganic Materials" (SPP 1959)

The Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) established the Priority Programme ”Manipulation of Matter Controlled by Electric and Magnetic Fields: Towards Novel Synthesis and Processing Routes of Inorganic Materials” (SPP 1959). The programme is designed to run for six years. The present call invites proposals for the second three-year funding period.

The objective of the Priority Programme is to develop a unified description of matter transport activated in inorganic solid materials by electric and magnetic fields based on experimental evidence, theoretical modelling, and computational simulation. Irreversible transformations from an initial state (which can be a mixture of solid state reactants, powder compacts, or already fully dense polycrystalline materials) into a final state (new phase, modified microstructure, deformation state) will be considered. In that respect, defects such as single or clustered point defects, dislocation networks, interfaces between two reacting solids, grain boundaries, or pores play a key role, as their structure and mobility determine the response of the whole material.

The research will be focused on the following areas:

  • synthesis and phase formation by solid-state reactions and diffusive phase transformations
  • densification of particle-based materials and microstructure coarsening (pore elimination and grain growth)
  • mechanical deformation (plasticity and creep)

The focus on coupled effects under applied electromagnetic, chemical, and mechanical fields will be intensified.

A further essential goal of this Priority Programme is to link atomistic mechanisms to macroscopic behaviour in a multi-scale approach. The challenge is to combine advanced simulation methods at different time and length scales to predict microstructure evolution and properties such as the deformation behaviour, which can be experimentally assessed. This goal can only be reached by bringing groups from these disciplines together to combine their complementary expertise. Therefore, reference to other proposals within the programme is required and joint proposals are encouraged.

Model materials with defined composition and properties are preferred, in order to systematically investigate the effects of a particular type of electromagnetic loading.

The materials under focus are metals and intermetallics, oxide and non-oxide ceramics in their solid state, so that different types of interatomic bonds and electric/magnetic properties can be covered. The selected materials may be investigated as bulk, thin or thick films. Major constitutive phases should be crystalline. Polymers and polymer-based composites are excluded.

The external fields considered are pure, homogeneous electric or magnetic fields, with constant or time-dependent amplitude. Frequencies from the microwave regime and above will be excluded. Only synthesis and processing methods of solid phases relying on the irreversible effects of electromagnetic loading will be considered. This means:

  • no machining or additive manufacturing process such as electro-discharge machining, electrochemical machining, electro-spinning, etc.
  • no solvent based process: electrolysis, electrodeposition/electroplating, etc.
  • no green body shaping (electrophoresis) or texturing (by orienting particles in a fluid)
  • no piezoelectricity/ferroelectricity, electrostriction/magnetostriction, magnetic shape memory alloys, etc. based on reversible effects and/or the reorientation of domains
  • no bonding if not accompanied by phase transformations or electro/magnetoplasticity

Proposals must be written in English and submitted to the DFG by 26 June 2019. Please note that proposals can only be submitted via elan, the DFG’s electronic proposal processing system.

Applicants must be registered in elan prior to submitting a proposal to the DFG. If you have not yet registered, please note that you must do so by 12 June 2019 to submit a proposal under this call; registration requests received after this time cannot be considered. You will normally receive confirmation of your registration by the next working day. Note that you will be asked to select the appropriate Priority Programme call during both the registration and the proposal process.

If you would like to submit a proposal for a new project within the existing Priority Programme, please go to Proposal Submission – New Project – Priority Programmes and select “SPP 1959” from the current list of calls. Previous applicants can submit a proposal for the renewal of an existing project under Proposal Submission – Proposal Overview/Renewal Proposal. Proposals by one applicant must not exceed 20 pages. Joint proposals may comprise five additional pages for each additional applicant.

In preparing your proposal, please review the programme guidelines (form 50.05, section B) and follow the proposal preparation instructions (form 54.01). These forms can either be downloaded from our website or accessed through the elan portal.

The review colloquium for the Priority Programme will be held on 18 September 2019 in Jülich.

Further Information

More information on the Priority Programme is available under:

The elan system can be accessed at:

DFG forms 50.05 and 54.01 can be downloaded at:

For scientific enquiries please contact the Priority Programme coordinator:

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Olivier Guillon,
    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH,
    Institut für Energie- und Klimaforschung (IEK), Werkstoffsynthese und Herstellungsverfahren (IEK-1),
    52425 Jülich,
    phone +49 2461 615181,
    Link auf E-Mailo.guillon@fz-juelich.de

Questions on the DFG proposal process can be directed to:

Programme contact:

Administrative contact:


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