Symposium N, 'Intermetallic-Based Alloys for Structural and Functional Applications', was held November 29–December 3 at the 2010 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. Intermetallics for functional and structural applications were covered, and topics ranged from first-principles calculations and the investigation of thermodynamics of intermetallic alloy systems, through characterizing defect structures to the evaluation of mechanical properties, corrosion behavior and processing of intermetallic alloys. Within the realm of functional applications, investigations on NiTi-based shape memory alloys, intermetallic-related alloys for hydrogen storage, and intermetallic phases with thermoelectric or catalytic properties, were of major interest. For structural applications, aluminides of titanium, iron, nickel and a variety of silicides were covered. Besides research on these more established intermetallic phases, recent advances in novel co-based superalloys and basic research on Laves phases were presented. This volume presents a representative overview of the current state of research on intermetallic phases, providing an insight into the current state of development of individual intermetallic alloy systems and identifying areas for future research.
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