Background and activities

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)



  • Currently the 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.



  • TMT4215, Solidificaiton and casting technology(Autum semester)
  •  TMT4166, Experimental materials Chemistry and electrochemistry (Spring semester)
  • TMT4301, Materials Characterization (Spring semester)
    MT8210, Advanced solidificaiton theory(Autum semester)


Publication and citation:

Google Scholar profile:




  • Yijiang Xu (Development of  microstructure based electrical conductibity prediction model for 6xxx alloys)

Ph.D students:

  • Simen Eliassen  (Modelling the interaction between dislocations and grain boundaries in Mc-Si)
  • Shubo Wang (Phase transformation of metal alloys under Electric current heating effect)
  •  Jiawei Yang (Melt filtration of aluminium alloys under the effect of grain refinement)
  • Aina Opsal Bakke (Compound casting between Al and dissimillar metal alloys) 
  • Hanne Sofie Marie Scisly Søreide (APT characterization of precipitation and phase transformation of metal alloys)

Visiting Ph.D students 

  • Bijin Zhou (Cross grain boundary deformation transferring behavior of Mg alloys)
  • Shiwei Pan (Dispersion hardening of aluminium alloys by Zr-containing dispersoids)
  • Qingbo Yang (Precipitation behavior of Al-Cu-Li alloys) 


Former group members 


  • Min Zha (Development of UFG and nano structured aluminium alloys by SPD)
  • Shenbao Jin (Deformation behavior of Al and Ti alloys during 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) 
  • 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)
  • Yijiang Xu (Experimental and numerical modelling study on the nucleation and grain growth of inoculated aluminium alloys)
  • Hailong Jia (Engineering grain boudnary structuures of aluminium alloys and titanium by high strain and high strain rate deformation)





Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Li, Yanjun; Brusethaug, S; Olsen, Arne. (2006) Influence of Cu on the mechanical properties and precipitation behavior of AlSi7Mg0.5 alloy during aging treatment. Scripta Materialia. vol. 54.


  • Heng, Chenglin; Finstad, Terje; Storås, Preben; Li, Yanjun; Gunnæs, Anette Eleonora; Nilsen, Ola. (2004) The 1.54 µm photoluminescence from an (Er,Ge) co-doped SiO2 film deposited on Si by rf magnettron sputtering. Applied Physics Letters. vol. 85 (19).
  • Li, Yanjun; Arnberg, Lars. (2004) A eutectoid phase transformation for the primary intermetallic particle from Alm(Fe,Mn) to Al3(Fe,Mn)in AA5182 alloy. Acta Materialia. vol. 52 (10).
  • Li, Yanjun; Arnberg, Lars. (2004) Solidification structures and phase selection of iron-bearing eutectic particles in a DC-cast AA5182 alloy. Acta Materialia. vol. 52 (9).


  • Li, Yanjun; Arnberg, Lars. (2003) Evolution of eutectic intermetallic particles in DC-cast AA3003 alloy during heating and homogenization. Materials Science and Engineering. vol. A347.
  • Li, Yanjun; Arnberg, Lars. (2003) Quantitative study in the precipitation behavior of dispersoids in DC-cast AA3003 alloy during heating and homogenization. Acta Materialia. vol. 51.