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On this website you will find information on my research. My research focuses on the modelling of phase transformations and grain growth in metals and the morphological changes they cause on the microscopic scale. On the microscopic level most metals namely consist of grains, each with their own crystal structure, orientation and composition. Using physical and chemical laws, I attempt to predict how the shape, size and spatial distribution of the grains and the local composition change in time during loading, deformation or due to a change in temperature. This is important since macroscopic properties, such as strength, deformability and conductivity, depend on the grain structure on the microscopic level. I mainly use the CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagrams)- and Phase Field method, which are both based on thermodynamic principles.

Using the menu on the left, you will find more information on my background, research activities and publications.

Example of a microscopic image of the grain structure of a steel
and of a simulated grain structure.
Example of a microscopic image of the grain structure of a steel and of a simulated grain structure.

You can find more information on my research group at the Department of Materials Engineering at KU Leuven here.