Author: Alexander G. Merzhanov

40 Years of Shs: A Lucky Star of a Scientific Discovery A Presentation with Elements of a Scientific Lecture

eBook: US $49 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $113
Printed Copy: US $89
Library License: US $196
ISBN: 978-1-60805-633-0 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-128-1 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2012
DOI: 10.2174/97816080512811120101


This e-book is a short history of self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) of inorganic materials and substances. The author considers distinct features of the research work of the most active groups along with their important scientific and practical achievements. The main result of these efforts is the appearance a new field of knowledge on the boundary between combustion science and materials science.

The book is written in an original manner which combines the description of the scientific results with interesting stories about various episodes accompanying development of significant fields of science.

The book should be of interest to for SHS specialists and representative students and researchers of allied sciences (physical and inorganic chemistry, macroscopic kinetics, materials science and technology of inorganic materials, metallurgy, etc.).


Dear Readers,

You are holding an unusual book in your hand. It represents a view of one of the authors of the scientific discovery of “Solid flame phenomenon” academician A.G. Merzhanov, who is a recognized leader of the scientific-and-technical area of “Self-propagating high-temperature synthesis” (SHS) all over the world, on the forty-year path from the scientific discovery to science-intensive production.

It is neither a book of memoirs nor a scientific monograph; it’s “a presentation with elements of a scientific lecture” as the author determined it. The book is an expanded version of the lecture delivered by A.G. Merzhanov at the International conference dedicated to the 40-th anniversary of SHS. He is telling about people, scientific discoveries and important events rather emotionally and brightly. Besides there is a set of illustrations: diagrams, tables, schemes, photos which demonstrate the most remarkable (from the author’s viewpoint) fragments of the variegated picture of the SHS development. The author is paying much attention to a little-known initial stage of the investigations in the former USSR. At the same time a modern situation in the SHS area is being considered and the most promising tasks for future development are being defined.

Perhaps, you won’t agree with the conclusions of the author. Probably, you consider some other events and results to be more significant. It’s a normal situation for such an alive and growing area as SHS. The author characterizes this work as “a subjective opinion of a person who has been working within the direction actively for 40 years”. But we are sure that the open-hearted, well thought-out position of the Father of SHS, his keenness and energy won’t leave the readers of this book indifferent.

A.S. Rogachev
A.S. Mukasyan


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