Background and activities


Yanjun Li (Born 1970),  professor of Physical Meallurgy.  He obtained his Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering (1997). He had worked as Research Metallurgist at Hydro Aluminium (2005-2007), and Senior Research Scientist at Group of Materials Physics, SINTEF M&K (2008-2013) before he joined NTNU as a full professor in 2013.  In 2019, he worked as a Visiting Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT, for 6 month. 

Research Fields:

  • Solidification and casting ;
  • Homogenization, Precipitation strengthening, and phase transformation;
  • SPD and bulk nc/UFG materials;
  • Grain boundary engineering;
  • Materials simualtion by first principles calculation
  • Microstructure simulation models
  • Advanced materials characterization ( SEM, (S)TEM, APT, EBSD and XRD)



  •  Scientific Director of Norwegian Laboratory of Mineral and Materials Characterization (MiMaC), a large scale national infrastructure funded by the Research Coucil of Norway. A series of state-of-the-art  instrument have been invested, including LEAP 5000XS  APT, FEG-EPMA, Automated Mineralogy System (AMS) and LA-ICP-MS, which are located at NTNU, NGU and SINTEF.


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Present group members:



Ph.D students:

  • Simen Eliassen  (Modelling the interaction between dislocations and grain boundaries in Mc-Si)
  • Xuezhou Wang (Modelling of precipitation hardening behavior in 6xxx aluminium alloys)
  • Hanne Sofie Marie Scisly Søreide (APT characterization of precipitation and phase transformation of metal alloys)
  • Chunan Li (Atom clustering and precipitaiton behavior of 6xxx aluminium alloys)

Visiting Ph.D students 

  • Ruojin Zang (precipitation behavior of age hardening preciptations in 6xxx alloys)


Former group members 


  • Aina Opsal Bakke (innovative approach for compound casting of Al/Al and Al/steel)

  • Min Zha (Development of UFG and nano structured aluminium alloys by SPD)
  • Shenbao Jin (Grain boundary engineering of Al and Ti alloys by dynamic plastic deformation) 
  • Feng Qian (Influence of impurity elements on preciptiation hardening in 3xxx and 6xxx alloys)
  • Yuanyun Zhao (Develpment of metallic glass alloys for resonator applications ) 
  • Dongdong Zhao (Modeling  the precipitation behavior of precipitates from bulk to grain boudnaries in aluminium alloys) 
  • Yijiang Xu (Development of  microstructure based electrical conductivity prediction model for 6xxx alloys)
  • Eva Mørtsell (HRTEM characterization of precipitates, grain boundaries and phase transformaton)

Ph.D students

  • Dongdong Zhao (DFT simulation on the inpurity segregation at defects in Al and Si alloys),  2014-2017
  • Yijiang Xu (Experimental and numerical modelling study on the nucleation and grain growth of inoculated aluminium alloys),  2014-2017
  • Hailong Jia (Engineering grain boudnary structuures of aluminium alloys and titanium by high strain and high strain rate deformation),  2014-2018
  • Shubo Wang (Phase transformation of metal alloys under Electric current heating effect)  2016-2020
  • Aina Opsal Bakke (Compound casting between Al and dissimillar metal alloys)  2017-2020
  •  Jiawei Yang (Melt filtration of aluminium alloys under the effect of grain refinement), 2017-2021

Vistinging PhD students

  • Bijin Zhou (CSC Ph.D student, Cross grain boundary deformation transferring behavior of Mg alloys), 2019-2020
  • Shiwei Pan (CSC Ph.D student, Dispersion hardening of aluminium alloys by Zr-containing dispersoids), 2019-2021
  • Qingbo Yang (CSC Ph.D student, Precipitation behavior of Al-Cu-Li alloys), 2019-2020 

Former visiting researchers:

  • Dr. Yun Deng (University of Oxford)
  • Dr. Hanka Becker ( TU Bergakademie Freiberg)
  • Prof. Xiaosong Jiang (Southwest Jiaotong Unversity)
  • Prof. Hongliang Zheng (Shandong University)
  • Prof. Mingxiao Shi (Jiangsu University of Science and Technology)





Scientific, academic and artistic work

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