Combining state-of-the-art quantum-mechanical methods with those of modern thermodynamics and statistical physics, we would like to examine metallurgical trends in phase stability and elastic properties of selected materials.
The 'Adaptive Structural Materials' group is a joint experimental and theoretical (ab initio) effort to develop next-generation high-strength and high-ductility metallic materials. A major obstacle to traditional alloy design is the inverse relation between strength and ductility ...
The research in this group is devoted to the physics of (meta)stable thermodynamic phases as well as transitions between them. The major vision is an ab initio based prediction of thermodynamic bulk phase diagrams, being directly related to many technologically relevant properties and processes in metals.
The Defect chemistry and Spectroscopy group's aim is to develop multi-scale simulation techniques for point defects and related topics and to apply them to problems in functional materials design.
The research objective of the Mesoscale Simulation Group is to develop and predict the pattern formation aspects related to materials science. This includes activities on solidification in multicomponent alloys, kinetics of solid state transformations, dislocations and cracks, and the modeling of polycrystalline materials.
The CM Computer Center Group provides the CM department with a powerful compute grid and a user-friendly PC environment. Therefore we combined various new techniques such as water-cooling, object-oriented administration approaches, automatic component monitoring with self-healing as well as an unattended remote installation of all compute nodes and working PCs.