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Metallurgical Research

Metallurgical materials and the products made from them are the backbone of human civilization since more than 5000 years and nowadays with a daily turnover of 3.5 Billion € in the European Union alone a key driver in our economy.
‘Materials’ are a specific type of matter that is finally used for something, be it a product or process. Therefore materials science has generally both a basic and an applied facet.
Nowadays, after virtually thousands of years of development, we still use only about 1000 different types of metallic alloys out of a sheer infinite combinatorial space of about 1060 possible combinations when considering only the 50-60 most frequently used elements from the periodic system. This means that we stand at the beginning and not at the end of metallurgical research.
Currently three essential developments are revolutionizing materials research. The first one is the availability of models with predictive capability such as provided by density functional theory, advanced quasi-particle and continuum simulation methods as well as big data driven tools related to machine learning. The second one is the availability and concerted use of highest resolving characterization tools such as corrected electron microscopes, atom probe tomography, synchrotron and neutron imaging. And the third one is materials synthesis, which stretches nowadays from chemical processes, combinatorial casting to additive manufacturing providing fast and flexible routes for materials fabrication. 
All these techniques enable us to solve some of the most essential challenges in the fields of mobility, energy, infrastructure, medicine and safety

Metallurgy, innovation, materials science and engineering, metallic materials, alloy design About 70% of all innovations in Europe are associated with progress in the fields of materials science and engineering. In the grand challenges that modern societies face, metallic materials occupy key roles.

Some recent papers

Bone-like crack resistance in hierarchical metastable nanolaminate steels
Science 355 (6329), 1055-1057 (10. March 2017)
Koyama Bone-like Steels Science 355 (201[...]
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Complexion-mediated martensitic phasetransformation in Titanium
NATURE COMMUNICATIONS | 8:14210 | DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14210 |www.nature.com/naturecommunications
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Metastable high-entropy dual-phase alloys overcome the strength–ductility trade-off
NATURE | 9 JUNE 2016 | VOL 534 | page 227
Li et al Nature June 2016 Metastable hig[...]
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Core-shell nanoparticle arrays double the strength of steel
Scientific Reports 7:42547 (2017)
Scientific Reports 7 - 42547 Core-shell [...]
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Linear Complexions: Confined Chemical and Structural States at Dislocations
SCIENCE vol 349: p. 1080, Sept 2015
Dislocations Linear Complexions Science [...]
PDF-Dokument [1.6 MB]
Design of damage tolerance of thin film metallic glasses
Scientific Reports | 6:36556 | DOI: 10.1038/srep36556
Scientific Reports 2016 damage tolerant [...]
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Ultra-strong and damage tolerant metallic bulk materials:
Scientific Reports | 6:33228 | DOI: 10.1038/srep33228
Ultrastrong damage tolerant Scientific R[...]
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Atomic-Scale Quantification of Grain Boundary Segregation in Nanocrystalline Material
PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 112, 126103 (2014)
Phys Rev Lett. 2014 grain boundary segre[...]
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DAMASK — the Düsseldorf Advanced Material Simulation Kit

The solution of a continuum mechanical boundary value problem requires a constitutive response that connects deformation and stress at each material point. Such connection can be regarded as three sep
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Atom probe tomography, dislocation simulation, dislocation–precipitate interaction, molecular dynamics, computational materials science Acta Materialia 92 (2015) 33-45, Atom probe informed simulations of dislocation–precipitate interactions reveal the importance of local interface curvature, A. Prakash et al.




microstructure, TWIP steel, twinning, twins, EBSD, ECCI, steel, alloy design, mechanical properties, tensile test Microstructure scales in TWIP steel (Acta Materialia 59 (2011) 6449)


Acta Mat. 2011, 59, p. 364