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Hochskalierung von Siliziumpartikeln im Sub-Nano-Bereich für die Batterieentwicklung

Bemerkenswerte Hochskalierung von Zellen in Münzgröße bis hin zu Batteriepacks von über 100 kWh

On the track of fast phase transformations

Phase transformation mechanisms and kinetics of a metallic glass defined over a wide temperature range

Metallic glasses are metastable materials characterised by special atomic arrangement and properties. They are generally harder, more corrosion resistant and stronger than ordinary metals. Their amorphous structure is formed when natural crystallisation is prevented. This can be achieved, for example, by rapidly cooling the melt so that the atoms are deprived of mobility before they can adopt the crystal arrangement. The reverse process - rapid heating of metallic glasses - gives access and control of the non-equilibrium states and structures with unique physical and mechanical properties, which cannot be obtained by conventional methods. However, due to the fast transformation kinetics, on the millisecond time-scale, in situ studies have always been challenging for materials scientists and physicists. Researchers have now succeeded in observing the phase transformations with high temporal resolution over the entire temperature range of the supercooled liquid's existence.

In a recent paper published in Nature Communications, researchers report that they applied a combination of different and complementary techniques to study the phase transformations during rapid heating (annealing) of a copper-zirconium-aluminium glass. The structural studies have been carried out using in situ X-ray diffraction at PETRA III synchrotron source (DESY Hamburg) with the experimental setups for electromagnetic levitation and flash-annealing both constructed at IFW Dresden, and transmission electron microscopy at the University of Cambridge (UK). The local microstructure was analyzed by atom probe tomography at MPIE Düsseldorf, and the surface chemistry was studied by Auger and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy at IFW Dresden. Such a unique combination of experimental techniques provided hitherto inaccessible insight into the phase-transformation mechanism and its kinetics with high temporal resolution over the entire temperature range of the existence of the supercooled liquid. For the first time, the conditions under which the glass can form structures with beneficial materials properties are defined in situ. This approach can also be applied to map phase transformations in other metallic-glass-forming systems.

This work was financially supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) under grants KA 3209/9-1 (I. Kaban, IFW Dresden) and HE 7225/1-1 (M. Herbig, MPIE Düsseldorf).

Original publication: J. Orava, S. Balachandran, X. Han, O. Shuleshova, E. Nurouzi, I. Soldatov, S. Oswald, O. Gutowski, O. Ivashko, A.-C. Dippel, M. v. Zimmermann, Y.P. Ivanov, A.L. Greer, D. Raabe, M. Herbig & I. Kaban, In situ correlation between metastable phase transformation mechanism and kinetics in a metallic glass, Nature Commun., 2021, Vol. 12, Article No. 2839; DOI:

The paper is featured as Editor’s Highlights in Materials Science and Chemistry (listing the top 50 papers published recently in Nature Communications)

Dr. Ivan Kaban
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Tailoring biocompatible Ti-Zr-Nb-Hf-Si metallic glasses based on high-entropy alloys design approach

Tailoring biocompatible Ti-Zr-Nb-Hf-Si metallic glasses based on high-entropy alloys design approach

Mariana Calin, Jithin Vishnu, Pramote Thirathipviwat, Monica Popa, Maria Krautz, Geetha Manivasagam, Annett Gebert

Materials Science & Engineering C, 121 (2021) 111733


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Laser Powder Bed Fusion Processing of Fe-Mn-Al-Ni Shape Memory Alloy—On the Effect of Elevated Platform Temperatures

Laser Powder Bed Fusion Processing of Fe-Mn-Al-Ni Shape Memory Alloy—On the Effect of Elevated Platform Temperatures

by  Felix Clemens Ewald 1, Florian Brenne 1, Tobias Gustmann 2, Malte Vollmer 1, Philipp Krooß 1,* and Thomas Niendorf 1

1Institute of Materials Engineering—Metallic Alloys, University of Kassel, 34125 Kassel, Germany

2Leibniz IFW Dresden, Institute for Complex Materials, 01069 Dresden, Germany

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


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Why switching in phase-change memory is so fast?

In a recent contribution to “The World Scientific Reference of Amorphous Materials” by Orava (IFW Dresden), Lee, Elliott, and Greer, the authors discuss and critically evaluate the emerging experimental techniques and computer simulations that have significantly enhanced our understanding of fast, ~10-100 ns, switching in phase-change memory – commercialized as Intel Optane.

1st prize in a contest: XIX MetMat Metallurgy and Materials Photomicrograph for Angelo F. Andreoli

Angelo F. Andreoli' was awarded 1st prize in a contest: XIX MetMat Metallurgy and Materials Photomicrograph. Organized by the Polytechnical School of the University of São Paulo and GERDAU. 

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First Training Workshop of BIOREMIA EU project

BIOREMIA Workshop entitled “Research methodology, characterisation techniques, and reporting scientific results” was held on 1.10. - 2.10.2020, as an online event with more than 50 participants from 13 countries.

It aimed at introducing the PhD fellows to the whole Consortium members and so to integrate them into the BIOREMIA community. The workshop provided outstanding interdisciplinary training for the researchers involved, with lectures on structural and mechanical characterisation techniques of biomaterials, biomechanics of skeleton, basics of microbial diversity, introduction to biomaterial-associated infection, biofilms and ethical issues.

BIOREMIA ("BIOfilm-REsistant Materials for hard tissue Implant Applications") is a 4-year project funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (European Network Training, GA No. 861046). The key idea behind this project is to tackle the implant-associated infections problem by proposing innovative material-based solutions with enhanced antibacterial and antifouling functionality for bone-related applications (orthopedics and dentistry).

Two BIOREMIA PhD students are hosted by our institute (IKM / Chemistry of Functional Materials):

  • Ludovico Andrea Alberta is working on: ‘Low-rigidity beta-type Ti-based alloys with intrinsic antibacterial and anti-biofilm properties’ (Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mariana Calin)
  • Marina Roshchina is working on: ‘Oxidative stress effects, corrosion and electrochemical response of new metastable Ti alloys with bacteria-killing oxide-based coatings’ (Supervisor: Dr. Annett Gebert)

In-Depth Study of Li4Ti5O12 Performing beyond Conventional Operating Conditions

M. Uhlemann, M. Madian, R. Leones, S. Oswald, S. Maletti, A. Eychmüller, D. Mikhailova

ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 12, 33, 37227–37238

Posterpreis auf der Fachtagung "Werkstoffe und Additive Fertigung"

Der Posterpreis wurde im Rahmen der Fachtagung "Werkstoffe und Additive Fertigung" von der Bundesvereinigung-GRAT „Gesellschaft für Ressourceneffizienz und Additive Technologien“ e. V. verliehen. Die Fachtagung vom wurde in diesem Jahr als Web-Konferenz durchgeführt.

Predicting the dominating factors during heat transfer in magnetocaloric composite wires

Maria Krautz, Lukas Beyer, Alexander Funk, Anja Waske, BrunoWeise, Jens Freudenberger, Tino Gottschall

Materials and Design 193 (2020) 108832

Phase transformations in a Cu–Zr–Al metallic glass

Qi Cheng, Xiaoliang Han, Ivan Kaban, Ivan Soldatov, Wei Hua Wang , Yong Hao Sun, Jiri Orava

Scripta Materialia 183 (2020) 61–65