Research Projects

Interstitial Alloying of High Entropy Alloys 
Interstitial alloying can improve the mechanical properties of high-entropy alloys (HEAs). In some cases, the interstitial-alloying impact is very different from those in conventional alloys. We investigate the effect of interstitial alloying in fcc CrMnFeCoNi HEA as well as bcc refractory HEAs, particularly focusing on the solution energies and impact on, e.g., stacking fault energies, based on first-principles calculations. Our results clarity, e.g., that the interstitial solution energy in HEAs is no longer a single value but shows a substantial distribution due to the dependence on local chemical environments. more
Local lattice distortion and strength of VCoNi complex concentrated alloys
Local lattice distortion is one of the core effects in complex concentrated alloys (CCAs). It has been expected that the strength CCAs can be improved by inducing larger local lattice distortions. In collaboration with experimentalists, we demonstrated that VCoNi has larger local lattice distortions and indeed has much better strength than the prototypical CrCoNi CCA has. more
Magnetic properties in high entropy alloys
In order to explore the possibility of using high entropy alloys (HEAs) for functional applications such as magnetic refrigeration it is necessary to have an in-depth understanding of their magnetic properties. The main goal of this project is to understand and improve the magnetic properties (e.g., saturation magnetization, Curie temperature etc.) in different medium and HEAs. more
Ab initio investigation of magnetocaloric materials
Magnetic properties of magnetocaloric materials is of utmost importance for their functional applications. In this project, we study the magnetic properties of different materials with the final goal to discover new magnetocaloric materials more suited for practical applications. more
Phase Stability and Short-Range Order of High Entropy Alloys
A high degree of configurational entropy is a key underlying assumption of many high entropy alloys (HEAs). However, for the vast majority of HEAs very little is known about the degree of short-range chemical order as well as potential decomposition. Recent studies for some prototypical face-centered cubic (fcc) HEAs such as CrCoNi showed that short-range order (SRO) can influence critical materials properties as, e.g., stacking fault energies. For refractory HEAs, due to slow diffusivity chemical ordering may hardly ever be achieved  under typical experimental conditions but could potentially influence creep properties long-term applications. In this project we therefore study the phase stability and short-range order of selected fcc as well as bcc refractory HEAs computationally. more
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