Our primary focus is on structure-processing-properties relationships of metallic glasses, electrocatalytic materials, composites, complex microstructures, and cellular materials.
For example we employ artificial microstructures, which enables us to manipulate microstructural features completely independent, hence enabling a systematic decoding process of the structure. We are also interested in the effect of processing on the metallic glass properties. This includes embrittlement and internal friction due to annealing. Furthermore we investigate the effect of sample size on mechanical, rheological, and thermophysical properties.
Crystallization, the progression towards equilibrium involves nucleation and growth. BMG formers are an ideal system to study crystallization. There sluggish crystallization kinetic does not only reflect in the actual crystallization event but also in the time to reach crystallization. This allows for the first time in a metallic system to study the entire undercooled liquid from its liquidus temperature down to the glass transition temperature. We employ mainly combinatorial approaches to study crystallization.
We are also interested in electrocatalytic properties of materials. Through combinatorial strategies we characterize and develop materials with desired electrocatalytic properties and furthermore develop processing strategies to achieve high surface area structures, which are desire for all catalytic applications.