Insight into the frontiers of materials science via podcast

December 02, 2020

Dr. Eunan McEniry, researcher in the group Computational Phase Studies from the department Computational Materials Design has created “CastIron” - a new podcast series. He interviews scientists in and outside the MPIE about their research and their life as a scientist.

Tune in and learn more about our scientists and their research.

Prof. Adrian Sutton

In this episode Eunan talks with Prof. Adrian Sutton, Emeritus Professor of Physics at Emperial College London in the UK. Adrian's research in understanding the interplay between processes at the atomic scale and the microstructural behaviour of real material systems has played a critical role in the establishment of the research field of computational material science.

Dr. Anna Frank and Dr. Christoph Freysoldt

Dr. Anna Frank and Dr. Christoph Freysoldt are part of this episode. They discuss the very important issue of role of mental health and job-related stress, and talk about many of the challenges and issues that researchers may come across at different periods of their careers.

Dr. Paraskevas Kontis & Dr. Jaber Mianroodi

In this two-for-one episode, Eunan is chatting with two new group leaders in the Department of Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design: Dr. Paravskevas Kontis, group leader in High Performance Alloys for Extreme Environments, and Dr. Jaber Mianroodi, group leader in Computational Sustainable Metallurgy. They talk about the challenges of being a new group leader, how to delegate responsibility to group members, and the development of materials to improve resource sustainability.

Dr. Baptiste Gault

Eunan talks with Dr. Baptiste Gault, Group Leader of the Atom Probe Tomography Group in the Department of Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design at the MPIE. Both have a extensive discussion about the atom probe tomography approach, and its applications to a broad range of material systems, as well as reflecting on the benefits of frank and open discussion with colleagues when writing proposals and papers.

Dr. Poulumi Dey

In this episode, Eunan talks with Dr. Poulumi Dey, a former colleague at MPIE, who is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. They talked about her research in developing hydrogen-resistant steels, the juggling of research, teaching and administrative duties, and about her own career developments.

Dr. Liam Huber

In this episode, Eunan talks with Dr. Liam Huber, who heads the research group on the Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Defects within the Computational Materials Design department. They chatted about Liam's research into improving light-weight metallic alloys and the challenges of parenthood during a pandemic.

The podcast is also available for free on Spreaker and Spotify (search for CastIron).

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