The goal of our group is to develop novel high-entropy alloys (HEAs) with exceptional mechanical, physical and chemical properties based on the understanding of their structure-properties relations. This is being achieved by using the advanced experimental techniques and the state-of-the-art theoretical methods.
Conventional alloy design over the past centuries has been constrained by the concept of one or two prevalent base elements. As a breakthrough of this restriction, the concept of HEAs opens a new realm of numerous opportunities for investigations in the huge unexplored compositional space of multi-component alloys.
As a typical example shown in Figure 1, while conventional alloys use strengthening mechanisms such as grain boundaries, dual-phase structure, dislocation interactions, precipitates and solid solution (e.g. steels, Ti-alloys, Al-alloys), our recently developed novel interstitial TWIP-TRIP-HEAs concept combines all available strengthening effects, namely, interstitial and substitutional solid solution, TWIP, TRIP, multiple phases, precipitates, dislocations, stacking faults and grain boundaries. This leads to the exceptional strength-ductility combination of the novel HEAs, exceeding that of most metallic materials.
Our research group (High-Entropy Alloys) conducts the state-of-the-art research work employing novel experimental-theoretical methodologies (e.g., EBSD, ECCI, FIB-APT, TEM, Calphad and DFT; Figure 2) in the following specific aspects:
- Excellent strength-ductility combination of transitional metal HEAs;
- Resistances to hydrogen-embrittlement and corrosion of HEAs
- Light-weight high-strength HEAs
- High-temperature refractory high-strength HEAs
- Multifunction of HEAs
- Defects, segregations and thermodynamics in HEAs
- In-situ observation of deformations in HEAs under electron microscopes
These aspects are strongly interconnected and facilitate an extensive collaboration network with national and international experts.