By: Klaus Mecke
From: Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
At: Instituto de Investigação Interdisciplinar, Anfiteatro
SpatiallyÂ structured matter such as foams, gels or biomaterials are of increasing technological importance due to their shape-dependent material properties. But the shape of disordered structures is a remarkably incoherent concept and cannot be captured by correlation functions alone. Integral geometry furnishes a suitable family of morphological descriptors, so-called tensorial Minkowski functionals, which are related to curvature integrals and do not only characterize shape but alsoÂ anisotropy and even topology of disordered structures. These measures can be used to derive structure-property relations for complex materials.