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.).


I have prepared this paper because before the 40-th anniversary of SHS I wanted to share my knowledge, impressions and ideas with you and tell you about the origin of the investigation in this field, about the Pioneers of this direction, their achievements and interesting result.

The task appeared to be rather complicated because I had to expound the material thoroughly without any faults. It was difficult, and I know that some events were mixed “in time and space” and I paid more attention to the initial stage of our activity. But it was the most important period which was hardly described in literature.

Besides, I know the work carried out in our Institute much better than that made by our colleagues from other organizations. That is why I am sorry, but there are more examples of our achievements. Submitting the paper to your judgment, I’d like to underline that I consider it as an essay. I am trying to express a subjective opinion of a person who has been working within the direction actively for 40 years.

Also I’d like to express my gratitude to all my colleagues who helped me in preparing the manuscript.

A.G. Merzhanov


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