SFI PhysMet

SFI PhysMet

– Centre for Sustainable and Competitive Metallurgical and Manufacturing Industry
Researchers in the TEM lab. Photo
Photo: Ole Morten Melgård

PhysMet is an interdisciplinary centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) in the field of physical metallurgy.

Our goal is to establish knowledge and technology to realise new innovative materials solutions in cost-efficient, low-carbon production chains in the metallurgical and manufacturing industry in Norway.

About SFI PhysMet



SFI PhysMet Consortium meeting in Kristiansand 24-25. April 2024

April 24-25, 2024, SFI PhysMet organised a very successful consortium meeting in Kristiansand. Altogether 55 colleagues from NTNU, SINTEF, IFE and our industrial partners attended the meeting, which was held at Clarion Ernst Hotel in Kristiansand. Read more here.

A man doing a presentation. PhotoSigning of a new MOU between Tokyo Institute of Technology and NTNU, - as basis for continued collaboration on aluminium related education and research

March 14, 2024, Professor Equo Kobayashi from Department of Material Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) visited NTNU, Department of Physics and Department of Material Science and Engineering, with Profs. Randi Holmestad and Knut Marthinsen, as hosts. The main purpose of the visit was primarily to sign an AGREEMENT ON STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM between School of Materials and Chemical Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology AND The Faculty of Natural Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Read more here.

A man in front of a poster. PhotoWorkshop at the Royal Society in London

February 7, 2024 Professor Knut Marthinsen participated on 5-6 February at a two-day scientific discussion meeting on Sustainable metals and systems in London UK. The meeting was organised by Professor Julian M Allwood FREng, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Cambridge and Professor Dierk Raabe, Max-Planck Institute for Iron Research, and gathered more than 80 experts from around the world, with physical presence or online. The meeting was hosted by the Royal Society, London, and took place in venerable and historic locations in central London, with big paintings of Sir Isac Newton, Ernest Rutherford and Stephen Hawkings on the wall. Read more here.

Håkon Ånes at his PhD DissertationCongratulations Dr. Ånes

January 25, 2024 Dr. Håkon Wiik Ånes successfully defended his thesis January 25th 2024. Håkon has done his PhD work in the physical metallurgydsdsds group at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, in a project associated to SFI PhysMet. The topic of Håkon’s presentation at the trial lecture was “Correlated multiscale 3-dimensional structure analysis with X-rays and electrons”. The trial lecture was followed by an excellent presentation of his PhD thesis “Effects of second-phase particles on texture during softening of an Al-Mn alloy investigated by correlative microscopy”. Read more here.

Illustration welding.Scientific Highlights from 2023

December 18, 2023 2023 has been a prosperous year for SFI PhysMet, in terms of scientific results and potential innovations. We have made short presentations of some of the recent scientific achievements made in the various research areas. You can read the presentations here. 

New PhD candidates Håkon Korsvold and Supreet Kaur 

December 8, 2023 Håkon Longva Korsvold and Supreet Kaur started as PhD candidates at SFI PhysMet in August 2023. The topic of Håkon's PhD project is Advanced nanoscale characterization of grain boundary segregation in metals. Håkon will study segregation of solute atoms to grain boundaries in aluminium alloys using state-of-the-art characterization techniques. Supreet's topic is The effect of trace elements on recycled Al Alloys. The aim of her project is to understand the role of impurities on different recycled HPDC (High Pressure Die Casting) Al alloys and their properties. You can read more about the ongoing PhD projects in SFI PhysMet here.

Professors receiving award at China conference. PhotoChinese-Norwegian Symposium on Light Metals and New Energy Materials

November 6, 2023 The Seventh Chinese-Norwegian Symposium on Light Metals and New Energy Materials, was organized in Tianjin, China, 7-10. October 2023. SFI PhysMet Professors Yanjun Li and Knut Marthinsen attended together with 8 other Norwegian representatives (6 from NTNU, 2 from SINTEF and 1 from Hydro). Read more and see pictures here.


More news from SFI PhysMet

Vacant positions available

PhD/postdoc positions and master projects available

We are looking for competent and motivated candidates.

The first PhD candidates started working at SFI PhysMet in 2021. See presentations of all PhD candidates and their projects here

Contact the centre management for information on more positions. We also have projects available for motivated Msc students! More information on recruitment and student projects here.

Would you drive a car made of recycled materials?

Close collaboration between research institutions and industry is crucial to make the transition to a green future. SFI PhyMet has published a chronicle about the need to produce more knowledge on recycling and sustainable production of metal products. Read the chronicle here (in Norwegian).

Upcoming events

Upcoming events

June 12th SFI webinar: 

Lecture by Senior Engineer Elvia Anabela Chavez Panduro, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU


National Materials Science conference: 

28th-29th August in Trondheim


More events


Industry partners


Industry partners



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