Summary and Info
MAX phases are a new class of materials that exhibit a unique combination of characteristics of both ceramics and metals. MAX phases are nano-layered ceramics with the general formula Mn+1AXn where "M" is an early transition metal, "A" is a group-A element and "X" is either carbon or nitrogen. Similiar to ceramics, they possess low density, low thermal expansion coefficient, high modulus and high strength, and good high temperature oxidation resistance. Like metals, they are good electrical and thermal conductors, readily machinable, tolerant to damage and resistant to thermal shock.I.M. Low has compiled 15 peer-reviewed chapters, written by a leading research of international recognition on MAX phases. The contributors discuss synthesis, characterisation, modeling, microstructures, properties, ab-initio calculations and applications of MAS phases and targets the continuing research of advanced metals and ceramics.