Dr. Miriana Vadalà

Institut für Materialwissenschaft
University of Duisburg-Essen


  • Ice-Templated Poly(vinyl alcohol): Enhanced Strength and Low Thermal Conductivity
    Voges, K. and Hübner, C. and Vadalá, M. and Lupascu, D.C.
    Macromolecular Materials and Engineering 303 (2018)
    The freeze-casting technique has been used for a variety of materials to tailor their pore structure. The growing ice crystals act as a template for the subsequent voids present in the body. While it is mostly used for inorganic oxide materials, the method is also applicable to polymers like poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA). The synthesized materials have an aligned anisotropic pore structure which significantly influences the mechanical behavior and the thermal conductivity. Glutaraldehyde (GA) can be used as a cross-linking agent to reduce the water solubility of the PVA samples. The composition-dependent thermal conductivities are measured, and found to be 0.055–0.078 W m−1 K−1 parallel to the freezing direction and 0.048–0.058 W m−1 K−1 in the transverse direction. The scaffold-like structure resembling the hydroxyapatite structures in bones yields high strength values in the axial direction well exceeding that of common unsupported building insulation materials. © 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
    view abstract10.1002/mame.201800198
  • Dense nanopowder composites for thermal insulation
    Voges, K. and Vadalá, M. and Lupascu, D.C.
    Physica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science 212 (2015)
    We show in this paper that composites of mechanical impedance mismatch nanopowders yield competitive thermal insulation values to aerogels. The powders are connected by a polymer matrix assuring mechanical integrity. A simple calculation for the thermal boundary resistance has been conducted based on established models. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co.
    view abstract10.1002/pssa.201431551
  • The effect of annealing on the junction profile of CoFeB/MgO tunnel junctions
    He, H. and Zhernenkov, K. and Vadalá, M. and Akdogan, N. and Gorkov, D. and Abrudan, R.M. and Toperverg, B.P. and Zabel, H. and Kubota, H. and Yuasa, S.
    Journal of Applied Physics 108 (2010)
    The tunnelling magnetoresistance of CoFeB/MgO tunnel junctions is exceptionally high, although the electrodes and the barrier are grown at room temperature in the amorphous state. For their functionality annealing steps up to high temperatures are required. We have analyzed in detail the changes in the chemical and magnetization profile upon annealing up to 360°. The multilayers used for this study are similar to those which are used in magnetic tunnel junctions, however with five repeats. In particular, we have used hard non-resonant and soft resonant magnetic x-ray scattering in order to unravel any changes upon annealing. The multilayers exhibit superior structural quality, which hardly changes with annealing. Surprisingly, only little recrystallization of the CoFeB and the MgO layers can be discerned by x-ray diffraction. © 2010 American Institute of Physics.
    view abstract10.1063/1.3483956
  • magnetism

  • scattering

  • spintronics

  • synchrotron and neutron radiation

  • thermal insulators

  • thin films

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