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SFI PhysMet Consortium meeting in Trondheim

All SFI PhysMet members were invited to the biannual SFI consortium meeting May 31st -June 1st, 2023. More than 60 participants from the industry and research partners attended the meeting, which was organized at Nidelven hotel in Trondheim.

Consortium meeting participant in conference room. Photo

Seminar on clustering and precipitation in aluminium alloys 10-11 May 2023

46 participants attended a successful seminar on clustering and precipitation in aluminium alloys MAY 10-11, 2023. The seminar was organized by the TEM Gemini Centre through the KPN project SumAl and coordinated by Randi Holmestad (SFI PhysMet research area leader) and Jonas Frafjord (SumAl postdoc). 

Group of participants in front of Bårdshaug building. Photo
The venue for the seminar was beautiful Bårdshaug Herregård in Orkanger, outside of Trondheim.

A fruitful visit to our Japanese partners

April 11-20, 2023 a large delegation from NTNU, SINTEF and Hydro travelled to Japan. The purpose of the travel was to visit several universities and industry companies and organize a two-day workshop. In the delegation were 2 professors from NTNU: Holmestad, Marthinsen, 3 researchers from SINTEF: Mariaora, Bjørge and Thronsen, 3 PhD candidates, 2 Postdocs and 2 MSc students and one representative from Hydro, Sunndalsøra: Thrane.

Group picture participants to meeting in Japan.
Group photo of the participants at the at University of Tokyo seminar (hosted by Prof. Eiji Abe).

Alf Bjørseth received NTNU’s Award of Honour

March 10th 2023 Alf Bjørseth received NTNU’s Award of Honour. Alf Bjørseth has played a crucial role in Norwegian industry and has been a pioneer in research and production of renewable energy. He founded the company ScanWafer in 1994 (later REC). He was the director of Norsk Hydro from 1984-1990 and director of technology at Elkem from 1990-1994. He received NTNU’s award of honour at the doctoral seremony in the Aula at Gløshaugen.

Alf Bjørseth receives the Award of honor from rector Anne Borg. March 10th 2023. Photo: Thor Nielsen/NTNU


New insights: Orientation dependent nucleation and growth behavior during recovery and recrystallization with strong concurrent precipitation in Al–Mn alloys.

The paper Orientation dependent pinning of (sub)grains by dispersoids during recovery and recrystallization in an Al–Mn alloy has recently been published in the journal Acta Materialia. Authors are PhD candidate Håkon Wiik Ånes , Prof. Antonius T.J. van Helvoort and Prof. Knut Marthinsen.

7th NTNU European Conference –Demand for raw materials needed in the Green Transition: Is Europe up to the task?

Centre leader Knut Marthinsen participated 9th February, 2023 at the 7th NTNU European Conference, organized by NTNU at the Residence Palace in Brussel, where he chaired a session on Critical Raw Materials. The topic of the conference was: The Future guiding the Present: The Role of R&I and Education in navigating current and incoming EU Challenges.

A common language for data from material science

Researchers from SFI PhysMet develop ontologies as a common language for describing and connecting data from different sources. Read more in this article published in Dagsavisen

The article gives a brief historical background to ontologies and points out resent applications for new innovations. 

Data collecting illustration

SFI PhysMet Scientific Highlights from 2022

2022 has been a prosperous year for our centre, 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:

Professor Dierk Raabe appointed Honorary Doctor at NTNU

Professor Dierk Raabe was appointed Honorary Doctor at NTNU at the NTNU Doctoral Awards Ceremony  November 18th. Dierk Raabe is a Director at Max Planck Institute for  Iron Research in Düsseldorf, Germany, and he is also a Professor at RWTH Aachen. His interests are in sustainable metallurgy, hydrogen, microstructures, alloy design, computational materials science and atom probe tomography.  He has received the Leibniz award and two ERC Advanced Grants. Raabe is also a member of the SFI PhysMet Scientific Advisory Committee.

The appointment of Dr. Raabe as Honorary Doctor will be a valuable asset for NTNU and facilitate and strengthen collaboration with Prof. Raabe and his colleagues at the Max-Planck Institute within areas of great importance to NTNU, SFI PhysMet and our industrial partners.

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Dr. Raabe and NTNU Rector Anne Borg at the NTNU Doctoral Awards Ceremony November 18th 2022. Photo: Thor Nielsen

Consortium meeting at Raufoss November 9th - 10th 2022

All SFI PhysMet members were invited to the biannual SFI consortium meeting at Raufoss November 9th – 10th. The meeting was hosted by SINTEF Manufacturing and 55 participants met at The Catapult Centre at Raufoss (Manufacturing Technology).

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The Catapult centre at Raufoss.

SFI PhysMet contributions at the 18th International Conference on Aluminium Alloys in Japan

The 18th International Conference on Aluminium (ICAA18) was organized as an hybrid event in Toyama, Japan, September 4th-8th. At ICAA-conferences scientists from academia and industry meet to exchange new knowledge and breakthroughs through discussions on the science and applications of aluminium alloys. The ICAA conference is organized every second year and was this time organized by the Japan Institute of Light Metals (JILM) and hosted by University of Toyama.

SFI PhysMet contributed significantly to the conference program: Centre director Knut Marthinsen was invited plenary speaker and chaired one of the sessions. During the conference he gave a presentation on Aluminium alloy and process development through microstructure characterization and modelling. NTNU professors Randi Holmestad and Bjørn Holmedal contributed as keynote speakers and Prof. Holmestad also acted as session chair. Dr. Jesper Friis and PhD candidate Tor Inge Thorsen also gave presentations during the conference.

Presentations of the SFI PhysMet PhD candidates

The first PhD candidates started working at SFI PhysMet in 2021. They are now producing important results within their topics. To learn more about their fields of expertise, methods and project goals, have a look at our PhD candidate presentations website

We are looking for competent and motivated candidates in all of the Centre's research areas, and recruitment of more PhD-students and postdocs continues in 2022 and 2023. Contact the centre management for information on more positions. 

Some of PhD candidates at SFI PhysMet. Photo: Per Henning
Some of the PhD candidates at SFI PhysMet. Photo: Per Henning/NTNU